Humpty Dumpty in Oakland

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Tom Doherty Associates, Sep 30, 2008 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Set in San Francisco in the late 1950s, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland is a tragicomedy of misunderstandings among used car dealers and real-estate salesmen: the small-time, struggling individuals for whom Philip K.Dick always reserved his greatest sympathy.

Jim Fergesson is an elderly garage owner with a heart condition, who is about to retire; Al Miller is a somewhat feckless mechanic who sublets part of Jim's lot and finds his livelihood threatened by the decision to sell; Chris Harman is a record-company owner who for years has relied on Fergesson to maintain his cars. When Harman hears of Fergesson's impending retirement he tips him off to what he says is a cast-iron business proposition: a development in nearby Marin County with an opening for a garage. Al Miller is convinced that Harman is a crook, out to fleece Fergesson of his life's savings. As much as he resents Fergesson he can't bear to see it happen and--denying to himself all the time what he is doing--he sets out to thwart Harman.

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Dick wrote this back in the 1950s, but it didn't see daylight until 1986 and then only in England. Making its U.S. debut, this is one of the author's few non-sf books. The plot finds protagonist Al ... Read full review

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An odd one, but I liked it a lot. Read full review

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PHILIP K. DICK has had nine movies based on his stories made, including the classic, Blade Runner. Prior to his death in 1982, Dick lived in California.

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