Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Mike’s review

Apparently Vonnegut didn’t figure out how to be fun until later. Heavy-handed on the satire, without the pleasurable parts.

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I’m not sold that Paul would be the guy to turncoat. What’s his motivation? Short of a Patty Hearst kidnapping, I don’t see one of the top hundred guys in the country experiencing this sort of discontent. A general malaise, sure, but not active revolt.

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I’m actually pretty much enjoying this, which is why it took me until the time of the actual meeting with the Old Man to realize nothing much has happened in a hundred pages. The plot is: Paul decided to quit; Kroener tells Paul he’ll rat out his friend; they meet the Old Man; a mild revolt. Other stuff happens, but that’s it for the through-line.

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Paul Catch-22 quitting/being fired is a very Vonnegut construct.

 

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