Valis

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Aug 3, 2004 - Fiction
1035 Reviews
Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. Valis is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

"The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years."--Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic


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Great writing, great insanity. - Goodreads
The prose is often distractingly clunky. - Goodreads
Dick has some great insights into psychology. - Goodreads
A split fictional journal of a troubled writer. - Goodreads
The premise of the book was good. - Goodreads
A man writing his way, sanely, out of madness... - Goodreads

Review: VALIS (VALIS Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Sean - Goodreads

What if a science fiction writer with an insanely over-active imagination went crazy in some kind of bizarre, paranoid, historical/religious fashion, and then wrote a book about it in sort of the the ... Read full review

Review: VALIS (VALIS Trilogy #1)

User Review  - Táborszki Bálint - Goodreads

Three stars since I've read it after the Radio Free Albemuth and half of the book was the repetition of it. Also, compared to Radio Free Albemuth, VALIS is less thrilling. Apart from these, a great fun. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Phillip Kindred Dick is an American science fiction writer best known for his psychological portrayals of characters trapped in illusory environments. Born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1928, Dick worked in radio and studied briefly at the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on his writing career. His first novel, Solar Lottery, was published in 1955. In 1962, Dick won the Hugo Award for his novel, The Man in the High Castle. He also wrote a series of futuristic tales about artificial creatures on the loose; notable of these was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was later adapted into film as Blade Runner. Dick also published several collections of short stories. He died in Santa Ana, California, in 1982.

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