Confessions of a Crap Artist

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Confessions of a Crap Artist is one of Philip K. Dick's weirdest and most accomplished novels. Jack Isidore is a crap artist — a collector of crackpot ideas (among other things, he believes that the earth is hallow and that sunlight has weight) and worthless objects, a man so grossly unequipped for real life that his sister and brother-in-law feel compelled to rescue him from it. But seen through Jack's murderously innocent gaze, Charlie and Juddy Hume prove to be just as sealed off from reality, in thrall to ...
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Overview

Confessions of a Crap Artist is one of Philip K. Dick's weirdest and most accomplished novels. Jack Isidore is a crap artist — a collector of crackpot ideas (among other things, he believes that the earth is hallow and that sunlight has weight) and worthless objects, a man so grossly unequipped for real life that his sister and brother-in-law feel compelled to rescue him from it. But seen through Jack's murderously innocent gaze, Charlie and Juddy Hume prove to be just as sealed off from reality, in thrall to obsessions that are slightly more acceptable than Jack's, but a great deal uglier.

To Jack, the socially autistic "crap artist" of this devastating domestic tragicomedy set in Northern California in the 1950s, the Earth is hollow and sunlight has weight. But as seen by this innocent, Jack's sister and brother-in-law are just as sealed off from reality--and far more destructive in their obsessions.

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"One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction." -- The Sunday Times (London)

"Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation.... We have our own homegrown Barges."-- Ursula K. LeGuin, New Republic

"Philip K. Dick's best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable? -- The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469251646
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 11/20/2012
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928–1982) wrote 121 short stories and 45 novels and is considered one of the most visionary writers of the twentieth century. His work is included in the Library of America and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Eleven works have been adapted to film, including Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly.
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  • Posted October 22, 2008

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    One of Dick's best - and most underrated - novels

    Many of Philip K. Dick's books are very well known - several having been made into successful Hollywood movies - but I've often been confused as to why this isn't among them.<BR/><BR/>Unlike most of his work, it's not science fiction. It takes place mostly in Marin County, California in the late 1950's and it's basically an intense character study of three fairly eccentric people in a family, following a rather twisted, dark, but all-too-plausible plot. <BR/><BR/>The quality of the writing and the depth of character here is in my opinion superior to a lot of Dick's other work. Of special note, however, is the that it seems to me that the character most central to the narrative - Jack Isidore - is Dick's portrayal of himself through fear - that is, Jack Isidore isn't meant to be him, nor necessarily related to how he saw himself on a daily basis, but is in some way a version of himself that he's afraid of being or that he was afraid that - at some points - he actually was. <BR/><BR/>And even if I'm off the mark in that regard, Isidore is still a very interesting, real, and honest examination of some of the more unpleasant aspects of the "nerd" type so commonly associate with sci-fi. And even though the novel itself is far from science fiction, an examination of this type of character coming from one of the genre's modern masters is a valuable read.

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