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Player Piano

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message 1: by Jamie (new)

Jamie | 1 comments Mod
We will begin by reading Vonneut's first novel...Player Piano. We'll begin it over the break and resurface to discuss in a few weeks. Topics, anyone?

message 2: by mumm_ra (new)

mumm_ra (mumm_ra82) | 1 comments Yup. He graded his work on wiki. Don't have a copy of this book yet. I do have 4 of his books. Just got it recently. Haven't read them yet. Will be starting on Slaughterhouse five after I'm done with the book I'm currently reading.

message 3: by Christian (new)

Christian | 5 comments Player Piano is a great novel and amazing for its time period. Maybe not as good as Mother Night or Cats Cradle it is still a must read for Vonnegut Fans. It entertains a great philosophical question of what role should human invention play in our daily life, how do our creations fit into civilizations development and evolution?

message 4: by Kalynda (new)

Kalynda | 2 comments I agree that Player Piano is a must-read, but mostly to understand a little more about Vonnegut. It was published before he really got into his stride, and it wasn't until Slaughterhouse Five that he really was able to refine and perfect his distinctive style.

message 5: by Katie (new)

Katie (katieishh) | 1 comments I've only read Mother Night, Cats Cradle, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater which were all three incredible books.

message 6: by Graham (new)

Graham (giraham) Mother Night and Cat's Cradle are my 2 favourites but Player Piano and Deadeye Dick are just behind. After that it'd be on a downward scale:
Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions, Hocus Pocus, Slapstick, God Bless You, Mr Rosewater, Galapagos, Armageddon In Retrospect, Timequake and Sirens of Titan

message 7: by Lauren (new)

Lauren Biggs | 2 comments giraham-did you read god bless you dr kevorkian? obviously not a novel but its one of my favorites. i wasnt too impressed with man without a country, but some of the short stories in bagombo snuff box are pretty good too.

message 8: by Graham (new)

Graham (giraham) Nah haven't read those yet, will have to get onto them. I've heard Look at the Birdie is good too

message 9: by Diana (new)

Diana Mafikovi | 6 comments Very late to this thread, but I just started Player Piano. I'm only on Chapter 3, but can already tell the style is much different from his middle works (Slaughterhouse, Breakfast of Champs, Rosewater, etc.). I agree with some of the other posts- at the time of Player Piano he hadn't yet developed his personal writing style yet.

message 10: by Diana (new)

Diana Mafikovi | 6 comments Bud Calhoun's accent: anyone know what it's supposed to be? Southern?

message 11: by Jessie (new)

Jessie | 1 comments Diana - I took his accent to be southern - like Louisiana, maybe? I'm not for sure though.

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