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Player Piano

By Janice Robinson,2014-11-04 21:05
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Player Piano

AMERICAS GREATEST SATIRIST

KURT VONNEGUT IS …

“UNIQUE … one of the writers who map our landscapes for us, who give names to the places we

    know best.”

    —DORIS LESSING

    ??????The New York Times Book Review

    “A ZANY BUT MORAL MAD SCIENTIST at the controls of a literary time machine … Vonnegut is

    George Orwell, Dr. Caligari and Flash Gordon compounded into one writer.”

    —Time

    “A BLACK-HUMORIST, FANTASIST, AND SATIRIST, a man disposed to deep and comic reflection on the

    human dilemma.”

    —Life

    “OUR FINEST BLACK-HUMORIST…. We laugh in self-defense.”

    —The Atlantic Monthly

    “AN UNIMITATIVE AND INIMITABLE SOCIAL SATIRIST.”

    —Harper’s Magazine

    “ONE OF THE FEW CONTEMPORARY WRITERS who can make you laugh despite the circumstances—or

    rather, because of them.”

    —The Atlanta Journal & Constitution

    BOOKS BY KURT VONNEGUT

Bluebeard

    Breakfast of Champions Cat’s Cradle

    Deadeye Dick

    Galapagos

    God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater Jailbird

    Mother Night

    Palm Sunday

    Player Piano

    The Sirens of Titan Slapstick

    Slaughterhouse-Five Wampeters, Foma & GranfalloonsWelcome to the Monkey House

For JaneGod Bless Her

    Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: They toil not, neither do they spin;

    And yet I say unto you,

    That even Solomon in all his gloryWas not arrayed like one of these….

    —MATTHEW 6:28

    ??????FOREWORD

    This book is not a book about what is, but a book about what could be. The characters aremodeled after persons as yet unborn, or, perhaps, at this writing, infants.

    It is mostly about managers and engineers. At this point in history, 1952 A.D., our lives andfreedom depend largely upon the skill and imagination and courage of our managers andengineers, and I hope that God will help them to help us all stay alive and free.

    But this book is about another point in history, when there is no more war, and