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Book Title: Player Piano|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.60 MB
v The author of the book: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Edition: Dial Press Trade Paperbacks
Date of issue: September 2006
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Read full description of the books Player Piano:A player piano's keys move according to a pattern of holes punched in an unwinding scroll. Unlike music synthesizers, the instrument actually produces sound itself, keys moving up & down, driving hammers striking strings. Like its counterpart, a player piano can be played by hand also. When a scroll runs the ghost-operated instrument, the movement of its keys produce the illusion of an invisible performer playing the instrument.
Vonnegut uses the player piano as a metaphor to represent how the novel's imaginary society is run by machines instead of people. Early in the book, Paul's friend & future member of the Ghost Shirt Society, Ed Finnerty, is shown playing a player piano, suggesting the idea of humans regaining control.
The novel follows Doctor Paul Proteus, an Ilium Works engineer. In this future USA machines do everything, making people almost afterthoughts. Specialization is the norm. All wealthy upper-class people have doctorate level degrees, with eight years of schooling for everyone. This creates a society of well-educated thinkers, not doers. Paul seems to be on his way up the success ladder in this techno-utopia--a perfect wife, a fast-track position & a shot at a major promotion. But he's plagued with doubts about modern life. Thru a strange series of events, he joins a revolutionary organization, the Ghost Shirt Society, & even becomes its leader, at least in name. The past where humanity was all of the hope for the world is where the ghost shirt society got their inspiration. These Ghost Shirts, their name taken from the Native American Ghost Dance, succeed in destroying much of Ilium's mechanized infrastructure. Yet, they realize the lack of hope in their mission. At the end it becomes clear that their goal was to give humanity hope instead of revolutionizing society.
Read information about the authorKurt Vonnegut, Junior was an American novelist, satirist, and most recently, graphic artist. He was recognized as New York State Author for 2001-2003.
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 journalist before joining the U.S. Army and serving in World War II.
After the war, he attended University of Chicago as a graduate student in anthropology and also worked as a police reporter at the City News Bureau of Chicago. He left Chicago to work in Schenectady, New York in public relations for General Electric. He attributed his unadorned writing style to his reporting work.
His experiences as an advance scout in the Battle of the Bulge, and in particular his witnessing of the bombing of Dresden, Germany whilst a prisoner of war, would inform much of his work. This event would also form the core of his most famous work, Slaughterhouse-Five, the book which would make him a millionaire. This acerbic 200-page book is what most people mean when they describe a work as "Vonnegutian" in scope.
Vonnegut was a self-proclaimed humanist and socialist (influenced by the style of Indiana's own Eugene V. Debs) and a lifelong supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The novelist is known for works blending satire, black comedy and science fiction, such as Slaughterhouse-Five (1969), Cat's Cradle (1963), and Breakfast of Champions (1973)
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