A Scanner Darkly
Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug dealer, both using and selling the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a law enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It sounds like a standard case. The only problem is that Bob and Fred are the same person. Substance D doesn't just alter the mind, it splits i...more
Originally published in 1977 and set in the mid ‘90s, the book tells the story of Bob Arctor. Arctor appears to be just another burned out druggie who lives with a couple of other dopers, and they spend most of their time getting high on Substance D and assorted other drugs. Bob is actually an undercover nar...more
The .gif summation:
Recipe for A Scanner Darkly:
1. Take moderate amounts of the drug of your choice (recommend one with highly hallucinogenic and paranoiac qualities)
2. Allow to simmer while reading Less Than Zero
3. Stir in a random amount of a second drug (preferably one with potential for permanent...more
But there is a serious side:
In the novel, Fred’s mind and brain are regularly tested by police department psychologists, owing to the stress of both maintaining a dual identity, and taking drugs as part of his undercover life. Dick avoids the off-the-shelf cliché’s of ink-blots and electric shocks, as the author describes realistic test scenarios and recognisable neuropsychological tests. Worryingly for Fred, the
This book is simultaneously hilarious and heart breaking and it is a really excellent...more
Take the cash and let the credit GO
I'll write MY review tomorrow.
Let US all be happy.
And play AGAIN.
So, I wrote a review I was really proud of today during lunch. Four or five paragraphs. I liked it a lot. So, I was rather disheartened when my computer froze and I had to do a hard-boot to unfreeze it. Lost everything but the vague outlines of what I wrote. Even those vague outlines seem difficult to grasp right now. I'm kinda demoraliz...more
A Scanner Darkly is one of his early 70s books and I find it...more
This book delves into the murky world of psychedelic drugs and the police trying to stop it but not in a typical cri...more
“Hey man, it’s not easy for a doper trying to score and get high in a world of chickenshit straights with their dead-end 9-5 jobs (not to mention The Man always trying to bust you). You’d rather chill out with some mellow heads and foxy chicks dropping tabs, grooving to acid rock, talking about random shit endlessly, and rolling joints. Once you flash onto this, man, and roll a fantasy number in your h...more
Phillip K Dick's A Scanner Darkly follows the journey of Bob Arctor, an undercover police officer (code-named "Fred") trying to ingratiate himself into the drug culture in an attempt to bring down the suppliers of Substance D, a highly addictive mind-altering drug that can eventually cause permanent brain damage. Tragically, Arctor himself becomes an addict, first only taking Substance D to earn the tr...more
Well, even though I was lost for much of it, I rode with the trip and didn't worry too much about piecing together a coherent plot. I think the audiobook narration helped quite a bit with that; I don't know that I would have enjoyed th...more
While Philip Dick is known for his science fiction, this is definitely a different genre entirely. It is really about a drug culture in Los Angeles in the 1970's. The...more
No narrative tension, the writing is awful (I would quote some of it as proof, but I already got rid of my copy), and the most potentially exciting elements of the book (drug subculture and its lingo and take on friendship, multiple identities) are handled with the zest and elegance of a cut-rate rectal exam. Does that analogy even make sense? I don't think so, but neither did this book.
I've heard this was the first book he wrote after he kicked drug...more
A Note on the Title...
from p 185
...I can't any longer these days see into myself. I see only murk.Murk outside; murk inside.I hope, for...more
At the same time, we are not like that -- it is the paradox that sp...more
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, a...more
Hm. This is a confused, rather disarticulated book, so I have no problem talking about it in the same manner:
• Like a lot of dystopic futures, this one feels incredibly dated. Dystopias are projected anxieties, and this particular projection of America rapidly losing the drug war is so specific to Dick's personal trauma, and to a specific moment in A...more
Arctor is an undercover cop, who is living the life to try and get to the source of the Substance D. He starts getting friendly with Donna, who has a contact, and he slowly starts to fall in love with her. His police bosse...more
Non ci sono mezzi termini per parlare di questo romanzo. E' un capolavoro assoluto.
A lungo considerato uno dei migliori romanzi di fantascienza, in seguito ad un processo di rivalutazione dell'autore, "Un oscuro scrutare" è considerato uno dei migliori capolavori della letteratura contemporan
The book was even better than I expected. I'm a sci-fi fan, but a reluctant one, and the bulk of my reading in that genre has been H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury. I've not really gone the William Gibson or Philip K. Dic...more
I am having a REALLY HARD TIME with this category. I already posted a list of Five Book-to-Movie Adaptations I Don't Hate, and the only one I can come up with that probably should have been on the list that didn't make it was High Fidelity, but that's not a FAVOURITE so I don't know.
Since that's the case, I'm going to expand on one of those entries, which kind of makes me laugh because I think I've done enough talking about this author...more
Def the heaviest Phillip K. Dick story I've ever read. Made more so by its semi-autobiographical nature. I'm glad to have gotten a small insight into what made the author's mind so strange though. Illustrates the sadness and abandonment of anything worldly which is entailed by serious drug addiction. This is a side of the drug community/drug phenomenon which is difficult to acknowledge because there really seems to be no solution.
The main character undergoes personalit...more
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