Time Out of Joint

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Time Out of Joint is Philip K. Dick’s classic depiction of the disorienting disparity between the world as we think it is and the world as it actually is. The year is 1998, although Ragle Gumm doesn’t know that. He thinks it’s 1959. He also thinks that he served in World War II, that he lives in a quiet little community, and that he really is the world’s long-standing champion of newspaper puzzle contests. It is only after a series of troubling hallucinations that he begins to suspect otherwise. And once he pursues his suspicions, he begins to see how he is the center of a universe gone terribly awry.

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Very cool premise and beginning, but chokes the ending. - Goodreads
I find his writing style uncomfortable and disjointed. - Goodreads
I like his writing style. - Goodreads
But, god, the ending is terrible. - Goodreads
A really great bit of writing, a very strange world. - Goodreads
Still a great read and premise though. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Angus McKeogh - Goodreads

Started out pretty good then spiraled into mediocrity and finally finished up less than good to ultimately warrant a two star (just okay) rating. Read full review

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User Review  - jjonas - Goodreads

A pretty nice story with the predictable PKD theme about what is real and what is not. The plot starts quite slowly and I was already wondering whether it's just going to be about life in a 1950s ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.

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