K-Pax (K-Pax #1)
Psychiatrist Gene Brewer doesn't have a diagnosis for the mysterious new patient who calls himself "prot" (rhymes with goat). But this strange and likeable man cannot beas he claimsfrom the planet K-PAX.
Or can he? Prot knows facts about space that are confounding the experts. He is soon revealing Dr. Brewer's own deepest pains and most sublime longings. And his tales of...more
Non un mondo immaginario palesemente inverosimile, ma un pianeta concreto, con un nome, un sole, anzi 2, che gli danno energia, forme di vita che lo popolano vivendo in armonia e pace totali; un'intero pianeta su...more
Prot claims that he is from the planet K-PAX, a utopia where there is no such thing as murder or crime, government does not exist, everyone lives in harmony and the beings all have the ability of light travel.
The story is told from the point of view of Prot's psychiatrist or doctor 'Gene' while he is staying in the Metropolitan Institude for the clinicall ill. The chapters take the form of sessions in which Gene (the same nam...more
prot captivates the people who meet him. His lucidity and naïve way of questioning the norms of human society trigger reminiscence and self-reflection in...more
This would have been a good book if it had not been for a few strikes that I have against it. The first strike is that I saw the movie based on this book a long time ago, so I alread...more
I found myself really bothered by some of the responses of the psychiatrist. Some of them were absolutely sophomoric, spelling out things that could only be meant for the lowest common denominator.
The female character, Giselle, is absolutely unnecessary. I'm unsure of what her purpose is. I don't remember that character be...more
But..... he calls himself prot and insists he is from the planet K-Pax, an idyllic world with no war, famine or disease. Everybody lives in harmony. He sets a departure date weeks ahead when he is going to return 'home' on a beam of lig...more
prot loves traveling in space (faster than the speed of light), has a great sense of humor and feels that Earth's produce alone is "worth the trip." On K-PAX there's no crime, no laws and no l...more
This book was brimming of information - from psychology to reality. It was a masterpiece brought by Gene Brewer. The story moved me to inspiration and it gave me a better look at the world.
The plot revolved around 'prot' - a patient of Manhattan Psychiatric Institute who claims that he was an extra-terrestrial being from the planet he calls K-PAX. He was found in a bus terminal in New York and thus confined to MPI because of thi...more
It's an inspiring, yet kind of sad, read, that takes on the whole complexity of our belief system, society, and laws, and challenges them with simple truths.
A truly inspiring read that may leave you with the wish to find and visit K-Pax *smiling*. Or, it may just help you to question...more
I saw the movie first, so was excited to learn the books are a series! I think the ideas are brilliant, but the execution is a bit lacking....more
I don't know if I'm biased because I LOVE the movie with Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges or what, but I thought it was an excellent read--both fun and tragic (though usually not at the same time). The characters were believable to me and each time I pulled back the cover to start reading, i fell right in. This was one of those books I thought about and talked about when I wasn't reading it.
I don't keep used books. But I'll hang onto this one for some time.