The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

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Overview

The final book in Philip K. Dick’s VALIS trilogy, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer brings the author’s search for the identity and nature of God to a close. The novel follows Bishop Timothy Archer as he travels to Israel, ostensibly to examine ancient scrolls bearing the words of Christ. But, more importantly, this leads him to examine the decisions he made during his life and how they may have contributed to the suicide of his mistress and son.

 
This introspective book is one of Dick’s most philosophical and literary, delving into the mysteries of religion and of faith itself. As one of Dick’s final works, it also provides unique insight into the mind of a genius, whose work was still in the process of maturing at the time of his death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679734444
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.05(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928–1982) published 36 science-fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned to deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably, Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall,Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Scinece Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.

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The Transmigration of Timothy Archer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
coffeezombie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Dick's best dives into warped mental states and their various outcomes. Though it's often lumped with his sci-fi work, it's more a straight novel than even the least fanciful of his late works. A great examination of religious purpose and over-intellectualization.
fgaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Through a constant fight of religion versus philosophy and reason versus belief, a fairly linearand uneventful plot unravels through a set of characters, all of them more or less unattractive or despicable in their own way. This is the work of a highly intelligent mind who could use is knowledge, his awareness of his own mental illness and his mastery of writing to serve an extremely compelling read that leaves you more open to the great existential questions of the human race.
dabacon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Philip K. Dick's last novels and most decidedly not science fiction. The story of a religious luminary whose quest for the meaning of it all leads to his eventual downfall as told from the perspective of his daughter in law. One of the few PKD novels with a sympathetic female character, let alone a lead female character.This novel is fascinating and, in my opinion, vastly under-read. Funny and tragic at the same time, with a deep look at the role of religion shaping our lives.
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