- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Laurel; Reissue edition (March 15 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440170370
- ISBN-13: 978-0440170372
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 272 g
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #604,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
PLAYER PIANO Mass Market Paperback – Mar 15 1974
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Vonnegut's spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines.
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pins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus, who must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run completely by machines.See all Product description
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The novel itself is rather slow and belaboured at times. The characters seem rather artificial and seem created only to represent certain themes. This is not Vonnegut of “Slaughterhouse 5” or “Breakfast of Champions”.
"The machines are to practically everybody what the white men were to the Indians. People are finding that, because of the way the machines are changing the world, more and more of their old values don't apply any more. People have no choice but to become second-rate machines themselves, or wards of the machines."
Proteus' rebellion against his industrialized world starts quietly enough, with the acquisition of a farm and the conscious sabotage of a promotion he deserved. However, he eventually crosses paths with radicals who saw fit to not only stem the tides of mass-production, but to destroy all of the machines in the process.
Interesting enough story-line, right? Yes, but the story's potential is better than its execution. Many great ideas are left unpolished. Besides Dr. Proteus, there are no sympathetic characters in this tale, which made it difficult to root for the revolution's failure or success. Plus, things spiraled so badly out of control that you don't even know if success was achieved by anyone's measure. This book was one giant crescendo, and the actual revolution occurs in about five pages at the end, hastily described and leaving way too much to the imagination. There were many characters introduced independently who eventually met at the end- not in a logical way that sewed everything together, but in a chaotic assembly of random people (e.g., the Shah of Bratpuhr- what was that guy's purpose other than comedic relief?).
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