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The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike

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The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike was written by Philip K. Dick in the winter and spring of 1960, in Point Reyes Station, California. In the sequence of Dick’s work, The Man Whose Teeth was written immediately after Confessions of a Crap Artist; the next book Dick wrote was The Man in the High Castle, the Hugo Award–winning science fiction novel that ushered in th ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Tor Books (first published 1984)
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Guy Salvidge
Jul 31, 2012 Guy Salvidge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip K. Dick’s mainstream novels, all but one of which remained unpublished until after his death in 1982, are normally regarded as the poor cousins of his science fiction works. To an extent this attitude is justified, but some of his mainstream novels are better than he is normally given credit for. At the time they were written, in the 50s and the early 60s, these novels were seen as too strange and too bleak to be publishable (and too poorly titled: The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Ali ...more
May 27, 2012 Ryandake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is a book about a small town, and it makes me thank the gods i don't believe in that i don't live in one. a small town, not a book.

i've read Philip K. Dick's sf. this book is not sf. it does make me wonder why he never developed a mainstream following, if this is the caliber of his non-sf works.

the story follows friends and neighbors in the little town on Carquinez, circa 1960. two families are center stage: the Dombrosios and the Runcibles. Sherry Dombrosio wants a job; Leo Runcible wants
Easily the WORST Philip K Dick book I've read. I have to say his non science fiction work is very disappointing. His scifi books have so much brilliant social commentary and subversive characters. His non-scifi books should be the same but they are not they are filled with the dullest and most annoying suburbanities. If anyone else had written this I would have given up after 50 pages because it was Philip K Dick I stuck with it and finished it but I really wish I hadn't bothered.

This book had a
Sean O'Leary
Wow this is clearly one of PKD's most underappreciated masterpieces. I went into it being worried I wouldn't like it because of the lack of any science fiction elements from which he became famous for but by the end I felt impressed. The book manages to entertain on the level of his actual science fiction books but rather than rely on fancy futuristic gizmos or alternate realities it relies on giving its characters very deep emotions which is very entertaining on a psychoanalytic level.
The no
M.A. Kropp
I follow all the Tor Books Facebook feeds and one Sunday, they posted a giveaway where if you were the first person to comment, you got three P.K. Dick novels. I was that first person and that is how I got this book.

I knew P.K. Dick primarily for his science fiction work, particularly Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and it's movie adaptation, Blade Runner. None of the three books I got were science fiction, but I knew I liked his writing, so decided they were worth a try.

The book was writte
Dec 10, 2009 Christiane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike, Philip K Dick, 304 pg.

This book is from PKD's selection of non-science-fiction stories. If I remember correctly, he wrote most of these stories early on in his career; they weren't very popular and remained unpublished until fairly recently. These books tell the stories of small towns in the mid-twentieth century. The people all know each other and nothing exciting really happens, but PKD is able to tell these stories with a high level of detail that a
Jun 24, 2008 Themistocles rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, p-k-dick
A thoroughly enjoyable early Dick book, at least for Dick's fans. While at some points the scenario *almost* seems to be all over the place, there are lots of Dick's later ideas spurting up: authenticity/reality, the oppressive wife and the broken man, defeat in life...

While there's no real culmination (and even the supposed focal point, the teeth, appears very late in the book), the story is interesting and well described.

On one hand, one feels pity for Dick's failure as a mainstream literatur
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Jan 10, 2009 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: PKD enthusiasts and completionists
Shelves: fiction
I'm a PKD fan, but there's a good reason his mainstream fiction didn't sell while he was alive.

The first half of this book really bored me, although I found the second half much more interesting, up until the end which was a bit flat. He seems to write the same, unsympathetic tedious characters across all of his non-SF. The characters in this book are largely indistinguishable from those of other non-SF books he wrote, such as In Milton Lumky Territory or Puttering About in a Small Land.+
Doug H
Jan 18, 2015 Doug H rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a bit sad to think that Dick wanted to be recognized as a talent by mainstream literary critics. His power is in his unique "what if" ideas and storytelling skills, not in his prose. This was an okay read, but I'd only recommend it to hardcore fans looking to be a completist. If you're interested in sampling one of his non-speculative novels, I'd strongly recommend Confessions of a Crap Artist instead of this. I'm not saying it was awful, I'm just saying it wasn't great, and I do still want ...more
Jan 21, 2017 Waldo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simultaneously hilarious and incredibly bleak and depressing in equal measures and often at the exact same time. Just the kind of thing I enjoy.
This book is arguably the best of Philip K. Dick's mainstream literary works. In my opinion, the other that is closest in quality is "Voices from the Street". Both novels present stories that flow satisfyingly from their initial concept without their plots becoming forced, a significant problem in PKD's other mainstream literary works.

I place both "The Man Whose Teeth..." and "Voices from the Street" above "Confessions of a Crap Artist", the only one of PKD's mainstream literary works to be pub
Jack Stovold
Jul 01, 2012 Jack Stovold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Philip K. Dick Project

Entry #18 - The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike (written early 1960, published posthumously Jun. 1984)

The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike is another solid, entertaining “realist” novel from Philip K. Dick, nearly as good, in my opinion, as Confessions of a Crap Artist. Confessions was about many things, its chief theme being that everyone is probably crazy. Teeth is about causality, how little things we do snowball and affect others around us, and how impo
Feb 25, 2017 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, PKD describes his characters clearly, understanding their motives, however, somewhere in this simple story it evolved into a boring read. The ending left the reader, or maybe, just me to my imagination. Perhaps, his intention. But it left me asking whats the premise?
I'm only familiar with PKDs films which I found fascinating from Bladerunner to Minority report etc.. From reading others comments, this book seems to be an early writing of his.
Rented from the public library because of au
Suzana Vuksanovic
Apr 30, 2010 Suzana Vuksanovic rated it it was ok
When I think "Philip K.Dick", I think of some of the most memorable (science) fiction that I have ever read. When I think "Philip K.Dick", I think of the best books I have ever read.
This book was not amongst them.
I have a copy of Philip K. Dick's previous novel, entitled Confessions of a Crap Artist, although I have not been able to force myself to read it yet. The copy of The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike I borrowed from the local library. Of this I am glad: it is not a book I would
Jan 24, 2014 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third of PKD's mainstream novels that I've read, and my least favorite of the three. Although Leo Runcible is ostensibly the main character, the focus is very diffuse, with the P.O.V. shifting between more characters than would have really been necessary. In that way, The Man Whose Teeth... resembles a number of Dick's other novels. It's not quite about the small town Northern California community as a whole, but it's also not quite focused on the characters, either. The marital and ...more
Energetic, pushy and prickly, realtor Leo Runcible has great ideas for property development in rural California, but he will probably never gain acceptance in 1960s Marin County, being not only an outsider but Jewish. An exaggerated grievance against his neighbour Walt Dombrosio sets off the quirky chain of events which form the theme of this novel.

As he continually switches his viewpoint between four of the main characters, so that Walt and his classy wife Sherry are as central to the tale as L
May 31, 2009 Zach rated it really liked it
Not a science fiction book.

The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike is a story of marital strife in rural Marin County, CA, in the sixties. It follows two dysfunctional married couples involved in a petty feud as they each ruin their relationships and lives with eachother's help. Each couple has a domineering partner and a submissive one: Leo Runcible is a harsh blowhard who buffets his shrinking wife, Janet; and Sherry Dombrosio is an aggressive woman who insists on "wearing the pants" that h
Mar 31, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: pkd
A PKD novel that was not science fiction. The setting: small town America. Like many small towns it is filled with a familiarity that breeds fierce loyalty, friendship, bonding, and rivalries as bitter as they are petty. The main character is Leo Runcible, a Jewish real estate man who attempts to promote the town as an escape to the nearby bustling San Francisco. PKD does an excellent job of breathing life and bringing humanity to the characters that populate the town. Reaction to and the result ...more
Marilyn Shea
Jul 16, 2016 Marilyn Shea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes place in California before that state was the population magnet it currently is, so is set in a rural town on the ocean in which there are those who consider themselves "natives" and those whom the natives will forever consider outsiders. The initial mystery, the discovery of what might be an ancient relic, morphs into a larger mystery that affects everyone in this little village. The story is told through careful, detailed descriptions of the mental and emotional states of each ...more
C.A. Chicoine
"The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike" is a realist novel.

"Originally completed in 1960, this book was initially rejected by potential publishers, and posthumously published by a small press in 1984, two years after PKD's death." (-Wikipedia)

The setting is in the late 1950's -- and the attitudes and prejudices are evident throughout the story in the characters.

There is a lot of inner struggle going on within the internal dialogue of the characters. So, the reader gets different perspectiv
Scott Golden
Fascinatingly flawed. This novel flashes all of Dick's characteristic strengths and weaknesses side-by-side: Psychological insights are presented all too-often in the form of soap-opera style melodrama; what begins as crisp dialogue often devolves into unfocused ramblings; characters unreservedly vent their spleen at each other, with a suggestion that society at-large and cultural norms are to blame for their actions and the resulting unhappiness that they feel. These characters castigate The Wo ...more
Apr 06, 2014 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of PKD's non-scifi works, not quite as good Confessions of a Crap Artist, but quite a bit better than In Milton Lumky Territory and Humpty Dumpty in Oakland.

The story is about a small Californian town where a local realtor finds a fake pre-human skull and attempts to promote the find, only to discover it was a cruel prank from a vengeful neighbor.

It doesn't move quickly, but it's an interesting story about small towns in the 60's.
Jan 22, 2012 John rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was written in 1960 by an author better known for his dystopic sci fi which often became movies like Minority Report, Total Recall and Blade Runner. A friend of mine is a huge fan of Dick's suburban novels, comparing them favorable to James Frey. I admire The Man's minimalism but oddly King's 11/22/63 seemed somehow better at capturing the period's zeitgeist. This is probably because once writers have a few years or miles from their subjects, they are better at depicting it with some artist ...more
Jan 07, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Dick's early, realistic novels - and, typically, it's unlike any other realistic novel you've read. It's about neighbourly disputes in a respectable neighbourhood, but also about people's willingness to believe improbable things if they fit a particular worldview. As always, Dick tells a story well. One of his great virtues was that, alongside his penchant for remarkable ideas, he also knew how to keep the reader happy by drawing convincing characters and putting them in interesting situa ...more
Glen Engel-Cox
This unusual book is based on the premise of quantum mechanics known as Brownian motion, i.e. that every molecule affects every other molecule on a quantum level, so what looks like random actions aren't really quantumly. The same trick was done by Robert Anton Wilson in one of the Schrodinger's Cat books, but Wilson doesn't have Dick's innate sense of character. Dick's characters are frustratingly human, even more here in this "mainstream" book than in his science fiction. If you wonder what Di ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Chip rated it liked it
I enjoyed the trip back to the late 1950's/early 1960's... there's a literary vacuum in that time period, a time when everyone was expected to drink and smoke, few folks had TVs or microwave ovens, air conditioning consisted of opening a window and rock and roll wasn't even on the horizon. Books like this document a forgotten time in our recent past and deserve a place of distinction in the historical lexicon.
Tom Hallin
Dec 17, 2014 Tom Hallin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I do not think i have ever read something like it before. Pure genius! matters seldom used in fiction and a story crafted in a unique and imaginative way. Characters so real it feels like they now have a life of their own. People and places so real i can see myself remember them, think about them in a year or so like people i met in real life, and in a way, through Philip.K.Dicks masterful craftsmanship, i now have.
May 08, 2011 J.P. rated it it was ok
This novel was rejected by publishers when the author was alive. To the best of my knowledge, he never attempted to change it to get it accepted. This, along with other books by authors who didn't intend them for publication while alive should never have been released. Those in control of the legal rights are making quick and easy bucks and in the process making an author who in this case was fantastic seem a little less so. My suggestion is if you must read it, pick up a copy in a library
Sep 25, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it was an interesting look into human relations. It especially speaks to the time period in which it was written. It makes me wonder what he was thinking...what he intended, if anything. Did he intend to create something that would show the ridiculousness of pregidous through so many different angles? Or was he just writing something pertinent to the time period? Hmmm. Anyway, I thought it was a well written piece, and an enjoyable read.
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short-story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Di ...more
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