Sunday, November 13, 2016

Top ten Vonnegut books

Marc Leeds is the author of The Vonnegut Encyclopedia, co-founder and founding president of the Kurt Vonnegut Society, and a founding board member of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis.

One of ten essential Vonnegut books he tagged at Publishers Weekly:
Player Piano

Vonnegut’s vision of an America restructured by industrial technocrats whose robotics in the workplace result in a devaluing of human participation. Vonnegut poses the question of human purpose in the face of a world commercially and institutionally driven to automate life.

This is Vonnegut’s first novel. It is unlike most of his other novels in which the nature of authorship and/or narrative flow has been characterized as Vonnegutian. This is his most straight-ahead narrative, but the pithy societal observations and questions one comes to expect from Vonnegut are all here.
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Player Piano is among Luke Rhinehart's five favorite sci-fi satires.

--Marshal Zeringue