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At least an equal to 1984 and Brave New World,
This review is from: Player Piano (Kindle Edition)
Vonnegut's first novel introduces themes that appear in his later work. The book is short, fast-paced, very readable, but also unusual in style. There is irony and ennui from characters and a tremendous sense that, until a key juncture, the lead character is going through the motions.
It's easy to compare the book to 1984, or more appropriately Brave New World. In some senses Player Piano's world is more ominous than 1984's: it is not that a government cruelly oppresses its citizens, but that it genuinely believes it is doing the right thing - a notion that many are happy to go along with. The insincerity and blandness of the character's relationships are darkly comic as well as being all too easy to relate to.