The Penultimate Truth
In the future, most of humanity lives in massive underground bunkers, producing weapons for the nuclear war they've fled. Constantly bombarded by patriotic propaganda, the citizens of these industrial "anthills" believe they are waiting for the day when the war will be over and they can return aboveground. But when Nick St. James, president of one anthill, makes an unautho...more
Another fantastic book by Philip K. Dick, but then again he is my favorite author so I might be a little biased. This book however didn't have as much of the "mind-blowing" aspects to it as some of his other books. None the less it was a great read. It still had a somewhat "Dickian" storyline, however, just not that wow factor I was talking about. If it had a little more of that than the book would have been easily a 5 star book, but instead I am going with 4. Another reason is because I wish it...more
There are several Philip K. Dick novels which revolve around conspiracies, about a small minority deceiving the vast majority for some sinister purpose. Of these novels, The Penultimate Truth is the darkest, because of the nature of the deception: the majority live hard lives in underground caverns or "tanks", enduring their situation for the sake of the war that's been raging on Earth's surface for years. Except that it hasn't: the few who remai...more
Entry #34 - The Penultimate Truth
After the metaphysical nightmare of The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Dick calms down a bit to return to some of his older themes. While Stigmata questioned the nature of reality on a cosmic, ontological state, The Penultimate Truth also concerns reality, but on a smaller scale. Particularly, reality as mainpulated by the power-holding elite to bolster their position, e.g. The Big Lie. It belongs to the same class as other works on...more
The problem I found with The Penultimate Truth is essentially the reverse of my thoughts relating to The Man In The High Castle. In other words, there is no doubt that there is a well defined and thou...more
This time the st...more
Shows what I know. Thank goodness for my pal EssJay...more
We start the book in underground warrens where the population has been living since the start of the war, which still rages up on the surface after 15 years. We know exactly what to expect from about page two; we're going to get a book full of underground crises with a huge plot twist at the end when it turns out the war's been over for years.
Except this is PKD, so we find out the war's been over in chapter 2; up above (where the rest of the book takes place), there...more
J'ai ressortis ce livre de ma bibliothèque après que Carrère en fait mention dans son excellent Limonov. J'avais déjà lu "La vérité avant-dernière" il y a 19 ans déjà, à l'époque où j'ai acquis la bibliographie complète (en traduction) !!
Bonne idées de départ mais plus çà avance, plus on se retrouve dans des trucs de co...more
This is another mind-job, with all humanity below ground after a nuclear war. But the nuclear war ended years ago, and a tiny elite few subdue them with propaganda and lies while enjoying a park like paradise above ground.
The brilliance of this novel - and why I liked it so much - is PKD's ability to put you inside a character as he tweaks out amidst a full mental...more
The story is told from the perspectives of many characters, and it does not fully revolve around Nicolas St. James, who the blurb on the back focuses on.
Dick paints a disparate world in which a huge percentage of people are being deluded by the remaining ones, conned, if you will into serving and servicing...more
Thriller fantascientifico molto ganzo, avvincente e anche inquietantemente attuale.
La falsificazione della realtà e l'inganno sono i cardini di tutt il libro, sia nella trama di fondo e sia nei complotti e contro-complotti costruiti benissimo da Dick (fino al capitolo 26 questo filone è fenomenale e ci sono bei colpi di scena).
Tra l'altro, nonostante il finale del libro sia aperto (un classico di Dick), lasciando senza risposta alcuni interrogativi e dando spazio a sviluppi futuri di diff...more
In this work, Dick raises the theme of credibility—credibility of what we are told; is someone pulling our legs? Are we living that right now?...more
When I should the book to my father, the only thing he said was, 'he wrote mos...more
This book blends a beautiful mixture of a utopic-dystopia while integrating the use of technology. Furthermore, tremendous amounts of information power was portrayed between the Yancemen and the tank dwellers, which was a delight to read abou...more
Usually I can devour a short novel in a day or two, but this one was pretty painful for me to get through, it probably took me closer to two weeks to finish, and that is a long time for a 200 page novel.
I constantly had to keep flipping back through to book to tr...more