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K-Pax (K-Pax #1)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  1,168 ratings  ·  68 reviews
When a new patient is brought to a hospital claiming to be an inhabitant of K-PAX, the hospital seems to be just the place for him. But how to explain his supernatural powers? Virtually everybody who meets this extraordinarily gentle and emphathetic character is changed for the better by him. In taped therapy sessions the "alien", prot, is asked about life on K-PAX -- in w ...more
Hardcover, 231 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1995)
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Jordan Allen
I saw the movie first before reading the book. I didn't know the book existed at first. Anyway, I would go to the theater down from where I lived. I saw the movie four times! I went to the theater to see it the last three times by myself!
Alas, this isn't a movie review...
Then I came across the book in the bookstore (of all places), and read it. I read the book a second time (I love re-reading (or re-watching movies). I'm re-reading it for the third time. I recommend that if you have it, read it
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Lewis
His name is prot. Is he mad? Or could his strange story really be true?
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
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Michele
I'd seen the movie, so I knew what was about to happen, which really did affect my feelings about the book. Sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn't, but this time it did.

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
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Ardesia
Sistema solare -> pianeta TERRA -> USA -> ospedale psichiatrico -> trob sostiene di esser un viaggiatore interstellare e per questo viene considerato pazzo -> un medico cerca di curarlo, ma trob deve tornar al suo pianeta -> e ci tornerà, cavalcando un raggio di luce...
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
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Andy Smith
I've wanted to read the book for years, to see what kind of novel (novela, really) could inspire such a magnificent film.

Never got round to it. Until now.

And wow! Beautiful. Poignant. So moving and subtle I wanted to believe!

Not much else I can say, except that I cried when Howie saw the Bluebird of happiness!
Steven Brandt
While trying to help a purse-snatching victim to her feet in New York’s Grand Central Station, a man is detained by police. Having no ID and giving rather odd responses to the officer’s questions, he is taken in and later turned over to the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, where he becomes a patient of Dr. Gene Brewer.

This is a very unusual man. You see, he claims to be a visitor from the planet K-PAX, which resides in the constellation Lyra as seen from Earth. He calls himself prot (K-PAXians d
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Dakota
I think any book that deals with mental illness much will inevitably have its flaws, and this is no exception. It didn't seem very well researched (but I have to consider also that it was written in the 90s), and the way gene talked about 'the psychopaths' and 'idiot savants' rubbed me the wrong way. I read this book in one day, in one sitting, and although I found the book largely engaging, whenever gene delved into his family life I wanted to give up on it. The discovery of prot's identity dis ...more
Samantha Wright
This book was so easy to read, perhaps due to the narrative style employed by Brewer. There’s no over description of events just exactly what the reader needs to know and no more. The story line itself is rather interesting. It’s one of those is it or isn’t scenarios that keeps you guessing right up until the end. The other thing that I liked too was that the narrator was flawed as a person and he admitted his short comings - well some of them at any rate. Maybe the others were for the reader to ...more
Wendy
At the Manhattan Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Gene Brewer eagerly holds sessions with his new patient prot (no capitals, rhymes with goat). prot is a while male in his early thirties. He appears to be very normal, friendly and very pleasant. However, he also claims to be from the planet K-PAX. Fact or fantasy?

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
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Roddy Williams
prot (lower case ‘p’) insists that he’s from the planet K-PAX in the constellation of Lyra. As you might expect, prot is locked up in a New York Psychiatric hospital, and it falls to Dr Gene Brewer (the author, in other words) to solve the mystery of prot’s identity.
‘No-one believes I’m an alien’ (apart from the fact that it would be a fab title for a Jerry Springer show, and it’s a shame Dr Brewer never worked this into the book) or ‘the alien in human form’ is a staple SF device which, althou
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John Read
I loved this book. Very original and 'out of the box.' An unknown man, with no traceable background, is brought into the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute. After many yests, he shows no sign of any mental/psychiatric problems. To all intents and purposes he is sane.
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
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The Goon
Psychiatrist Gene Brewer begins therapy with a new patient named Prot. During therapy, Prot makes a convincing argument that he is an alien from the plant K-PAX. Can it be so simple that Prot is an alien? Or is there something more to the story? What follows is a suspenseful journey to discover Prot's true identity.

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
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Monika
Podziwiam pisarzy, którzy potrafią wykorzystać w swoich książkach naukę w taki sposób, iż wierzysz, że wszystko co napisane musi być prawdą. Tak, istnieje K-PAX, istnieją podróże świetlne, istnieją metody na leczenie śmiertelnych chorób. To wszystko wydawało się takie proste i osiągalne.
Prawdę mówiąc, film oglądałam pierwszy i szczerze przyznam, że także i tutaj scenarzyści wspaniale się spisali. Tak dobrze, że książka i film odbierane są przeze mnie jako jedna całość. Natomiast prot na zawsze j
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 Charlie - A Reading Machine Blog
A genuinely delightful book. I read this after watching the Kevin Spacey movie partly because I was so impressed with Spacey's performance that I knew I'd have a character I loved popping around in my head. A wonderful tale about a man who believes he is from outer space, and seems to have the intelligence and other worldly knowledge for it to be true, who spends his time at a mental hospital helping who he can.

I always enjoy the idea that 'crazy' people are not crazy at all but can see and unde
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Fatstagnation
Dr. Gene Brewer is an accomplished psychologist at the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, specializing in multiple personality disorder. Naturally, he sees this disorder, or other psychological maladies, everywhere he looks. As he examines prot, an interstellar traveler from the planet K-PAX, his own obsessions and insecurities reveal themselves.

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
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Iris
Read the whole review here: http://paperbookworm.blogspot.com/200...

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
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Nicole
I was walking around the 6th floor of the university library and saw this book sitting on the shelf. My brother had told me about a movie called K-Pax before, so this caught my eye. Since I forgot to bring my ID and can't check out books without it, I found a place to sit in the library and read through it all at once! What a great read, and what a great day to get unexpectedly absorbed in a book!
Cathrine Bonham
I had only ever know of K-PAX as a movie staring Jeff Bridges. It was a good movie about a mental patient who called himself Prot (rhymes with goat)and insisted that he was an alien from a planet called K-PAX. The psychologist assigned to his case (Bridges) needs to help Prot out of his delusion before Prot's deadline of August 17 when he claims that he will return to his home planet. The hook? Prot might not be crazy.

This is either the biggest complement or the worst insult. But if you have see
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Steve
I've read this book at least twice, a thoroughly enjoyable and unique read. There are so many hidden and un-hidden truths in this book. It's based on the film of the same name, but to be honest I prefered the book.

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
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Andrew
I saw this movie prior to purchasing the book and - as usual with anything Kevin Spacey is involved in - it was pretty damn good. Reading the book it is impossible to seperate it from the movie. The narrative style is almost a screenplay in itself, and whilst it's been a year or so since I saw the movie and therefore all the details aren't in my memory, both movie and film seem more or less identical. This isn't a criticism, of course, only that trying to extrapolate the book from within the fil ...more
Peter
Having seen the movie I already had the idea of the plot. However I felt the book have more flesh to the character of prot and the story which followed him. Certainly kept me turning the pages eager to learn more. Great read and well suited to a bed time read.
Kiril Angelov
I rarely find myself consumed by a book, but this one is a masterpiece. One of the books you start reading and just can't stop until you've finished it.
In my opinion, a modern rendition of Gulliver's travels, that keeps you wondering who prot actually is, even after the ending. It was the movie that originally captured me when I was younger, so finding about the books was a great surprise.
Ola
Good idea, not so good writing. One of the rare cases when the movies is better than the book. I was especially bothered by the psychiatrist who was annoyingly unprofessional. His hasty assumptions were irritating, and lack of patience and coolness surprising in a doctor. He seems to be unable to separate his personal problems and work, also he rather easily gets annoyed. Not the best choice of a narrator in this case.

I really liked the movie, the book however lacks some pace and tension.
Clare
This is a most unusual book. It blurs the line between science fiction and reality in a unique way. Prot claims to be from another planet and his descriptions of his "home" are highly detailed. However, he is a psychiatric patient and his doctor is trying to find out what really happened to this man who claims to be from another star system. Along the way, Prot starts to help some the other patients deal with their own problems, and some of the details of where he says he is from are correlated ...more
Eve
Love the film so obviously loved the book. Very easy read and a wonderful concept, I truly recommend it to anyone who wants to read something a bit different.
Hope
Alien visitor or mental patient? You won't find out until the end. Mainly, this is a story about the relationship between doctor and patient on present-day Earth. The main character Prot is brilliant, funny, and innocent...you root for him no matter the outcome. The author does a great job posing social questions, and commenting on the general state of man.

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.
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JM
It was an interesting and quick read. Never saw the movie, so I don't know how it compares, though some things were weird, such as the psychiatrist allowing prot to give the other patients "tasks" to help rehabilitate them. It seemed a bit sappy at times, but I guess it did a good job leaving the ending open. Was prot an alien or merely an alternate personality of Robert Porter? That's for you to decide because there are enough clues to arrive to either conclusion. I just found out by browsing g ...more
Indika De Silva
K-Pax (The first book of the series) is about prot (pronounced in the same way as goat not hot) and the documented sessions with his psychiatrist Gene. K-Pax has a wonderful mixture science fiction, psychiatry,humor and wisdom. Both earthy and alien.

prot is supposedly an alien from the planet K-Pax visiting and studying earth and its inhabitants. However according to earth standards and practices he was deemed psychologically unfit and ended up in a lunatic asylum.

Story is highly enjoyable and i
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vdm
Good story, mediocre writing. Rare instance where the movie did the story better justice.
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Gene R. Brewer was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana and educated at DePauw University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before becoming a novelist Dr. Brewer studied DNA replication and cell division at several major research institutions, including St. Jude Children's REsearch Hospital (Memphis) and Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland). He is the author of the acclaimed K-PAX tril ...more
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