Valis

Valis

by Philip K. Dick
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Valis by Philip K. Dick

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679734468
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/1991
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Philip K. Dick (Chicago, 1928-Santa Ana, California, 1982) residió la mayor parte de su vida en California. Asistió a la universidad pero no llegó a fi nalizar sus estudios. Creador precoz, empezó a escribir profesionalmente en 1952, y llegó a publicar un total de treinta y seis novelas y cinco colecciones de relatos a lo largo de su vida. Murió en 1982 en sin llegar a ver la primera adaptación cinematográfica de su obra, Blade Runner.

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Valis 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the only book that I've ever read that has the air of 'The Matrix,' which is a great movie. If you question reality and what we call 'God' itself, read this book, and you'll literally be 'enlightened', but not in some hokey spiritual way. I'd recommend this to anyone who has ever thought, 'Who are we? What are we? From where did we come?' An excellent novel.
Buer_Douglas More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to get into this book, but once I did I couldn't put it down. A really unique look at God and insanity and how the two intersect. I will definitely be reading it again in the near future.
trhummer More than 1 year ago
This is one of those fascinating bad books (like Melville's "Pierre") that one is at a loss to explain: not in terms of its subject or style, but more in terms of its existing at all. If anyone other than Philip K. Dick had written this. . . but no one else could possibly have written it. Soggily plotted, executed with all the attention to craft that Tom Sawyer gave the fence he was whitewashing, "Valis" nonetheless exerts a gravitational pull; I can imagine that for some people (Dick included) it is a gravity well. Part of what holds the reader is the knowledge, which the novel insists on and reminds us of, that certain ingredients of this story are autobiographical. The pink laser, the delivery girl with the fish pendant, an autodidact's brew of Gnosticism and information theory: these things all were part of Dick's personal narrative. All in all, reading this book is like watching a wreck go down on the Rube Goldberg Highway to Dysfunctional Heaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the biography on PKD and believe this was his effort to make sense of the hallucinations that followed a stroke. He was a brilliant man, and while I think the underlying cause resulted in flawed conclusions, his attempts to make sense of it are a great insight into his genius.
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