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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User Review  - Estramir - LibraryThing

It is always fascinating to see how a writer from the 1950's imagines the future, and it's weird to read such a story from the perspective of 2016. There is a beautiful portrait of the carefree ... Read full review

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User Review  - delta351 - LibraryThing

Not my favorite PKD book, but the final chapter saves the day. I read the Carroll & Graf version from 1984, and there was a very good essay at the end of the book by Lou Stathis. He gave a brief synopsis of PKD's life, and some background on the time in his career that he wrote TOOJ. 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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