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"Dick is one of the ten best American writers of the twentieth century, which is saying a lot. Dick was a kind of Kafka steeped in LSD and rage."--Roberto Bola#65533;o

What is VALIS? This question is at the heart of Philip K. Dick's ground-breaking novel, and the first book in his defining trilogy. When a beam of pink light begins giving a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat (who just might also be known as Philip K. Dick) visions of an alternate Earth where the Roman Empire still reigns, he must decide whether he is crazy, or whether a godlike entity is showing him the true nature of the world.

VALIS is essential reading for any true Philip K. Dick fan, a novel that Roberto Bola#65533;o called "more disturbing than any novel by [Carson] McCullers." By the end, like Dick himself, you will be left wondering what is real, what is fiction, and just what the price is for divine inspiration.

Publisher: Boston : Mariner Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed
ISBN: 9780547601342
Call Number: EBOOK AXIS 360
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Baker & Taylor Axis 360


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Sep 05, 2017

This book is one part autobiography and one part bad hallucination. It's not your average science fiction story. The book diverges into theology for quite a bit and the plot seems to go nowhere for a while. The philosophy is very interesting in this book and the characters are pretty funny too.

However, the overall plot is somewhat disappointing and this book did not have very good closure and leaves you hanging. You should only read this if you area a big Philip K. Dick fan.

Graypeters Mar 22, 2014

This book is a semi-autobiographical look at PKS's struggles with mental illness. The narrator, like the author, attempts (and seemingly fails) to see his delusions for what they are, instead becoming increasingly lost in a complex and bizarre theosophy of his own creation. I was not prepared for how sad this book was. PKD can be pretty inconsistent, but the writing here is a cut above a lot of his work. Also, as a music fan - David Bowie and Brian Eno are both characters in this book (though I'm not sure they would be thrilled at how they are portrayed)!

theorbys Jun 18, 2012

Dick multiplexes his written self and writing self, with theology/philosophy (relying heavily on Greek and Gnostic sources, as well as Christianity), science fiction, and the high tech of his time, (and some William Burroughs), into a novelistic whole that blends fiction, reality, and parareality. Much is made of the fact that Dick seemed to have experienced VALIS, but whatever that was, he turned it into an interesting, complex piece of writing (it uses sci fi, but I would not call this sci fi anymore- Dick wants to write about his personal reality, however extreme, not a made up one). It's style and imagery are less extreme than Naked Lunch but seems to me to be dealing with similar orders of self and reality (cosmic as well as anthropological reality).


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