Novels & Stories 1950-62: Player Piano/The Sirens of Titan/Mother Night/Stories (Library of America #226)
This latest volume from The Library of America contains several of Vonnegut’s early novels and several of his short stories published during this period. I’ve already read the novels included, but will likely read them again since it’s been years since the first time. I was slightly disappointed to find that the stories were all included, in one form or another, in subsequent collections by Vonnegut, but the fact remains that they were well worth r...more
Before winning international fame with Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut was a master of the drugstore paperback and the popular short story. This authoritative collection of his brilliant early work opens with Player Piano (1952), a Metropolis-like parable of breakneck technological innovation and its effect on those it robs of their livelihoods. The Sirens of Titan (1959), the interplanetary adventures of the world’s wealthiest and most despised man, is both a pulp-fiction s
Sooner or later someone's going to catch the imagination of these people with some new magic. At the bottom of it will be a promise of regaining the feeling of participation, the feeling of being needed on earth - hell dignity. (88)
He has a complete security package, said Halyard.
His standard of living is constantly rising, and he and the country at large are protected from the old economic ups and down by the orderly, predictable consumer habits the payroll machine give him....more
He was born in Indianapolis, later the setting for many of his novels. He attended Cornell University from 1941 to 1943, where he wrote a column for the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun. Vonnegut trained as a chemist and worked as a journali...more