We Can Remember It for You Wholesale
Novellete-length, this story...more
The problem with rating any collection of short stories is that often each short story will differ in quality. Not every story will be breathtaking or reach into the reader's soul and appeal to them on a personal as well as a literary level. There are exceptions (Chekhov i particular comes to mind) however this volume (originally We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) follows the general trend of having several brilliant stories close to the beginning and middle and fading towards the en...more
I'm sure I'm not the only person who remembers running around as a kid, yelling "Get your ass to Mars!" in a fake Austrian accent.
Five stars, not only because Dick is an amazing writer, but because it brings back SO MANY good nostalgic memories for me.
I decided to take a quick listen to Total Recall, which is actually the short story "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale," which was then adapted into the movie Total Recall. The story itself hasn't changed, so I'm not sure why they renamed it for this release, except for name recognition.
Phil Gigante does a great job as narrator, making the interesting decision of po...more
Maybe. The story feels dated and is quite flawed, in my opinion, but it might provide some interesting context for those who have watched, or are planning to watch, the film(s) Total Recall, which are very loosely based on this story, from what I understand.
What's the short and skinny of it?
In this (very) short story about memory, main character Douglas Quail dreams of visiting Mars. He also knows he'll never get there on his own intellect or money, so he opts for the second-bes...more
I wanted to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but We Can Remember It for You Wholesale kind of jumped out at me first and I decided to give it a whirl.
Douglas Quail lives the boring life of a clerk. He dreams about goi...more
In the preface to my edition, Philip K. Dick writes about the paranoia humans feel because of the age-old fear of predators, and that these stories of the future are really of the past. The question of whether it's worth it to "fulfill" your desires by essentiall...more
I had no idea. It was a great story and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, probably in part to remembering the movie and the differences.
This was a part of a "reading list" I am working through and this was a pleasant surprise to find.
I'm not so sure about the new movie coming out, but at least now I know it was loosely based on this story.
We can remember if for you wholesale. Phillip K. Dick.
This is the story that launched the movie Total Recall.... twice.
Douglas Quail a lowly government clerk dreams of going to Mars. Unable to afford it he goes to ReKal to have the memory implanted... and just like the movie that's when the troubles begin. Here is also where the first movie takes liberty and never stops taking liberty but oddly stays rather consistent with Mr. Dick's story. I haven't seen the second movie.
In this short story the...more
Total Recall, like many of Philip K. Dick’s works, is sci-fi heavy and thought provoking. It takes place sometime in the future (view spoiler)[as travel to Mars is possible, but pricey, and traveling from Chicago to New York is pretty quick. (hide spoiler)] The movie, which is both inspired and named after this book, Total Recall, is surprisingly more intricate and complex than the book.
I chose this book because of its author, Philip K. Dick, who had written other books that I had enjoyed, n...more
This made me think of abstract philosophical problems such as a brain in a vat (are the expereinces of a brain in a vat real or simulated?), or the Ship of Theseus (if you take apart a ship and rebuild it, is the same ship?), as oppose to emotional responses to experience. You can explain a magic trick to someone afterwards, but their first react...more
I liked it mostly because of the odd ending. It made me laugh out of a mixture of the absurdity and irony of it. That's always a plus in my book.
Other than the ending, I found the concept intriguing and terrifying. Another plus. However, I felt that a lot could have been ad...more
“Total Recall” or “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale,” a short story by Philip K. Dick, challenges you to separate the story-true from the story-false. Douglas Quail wants to go to Mars; his wife thinks he’s obsessed; since he’s a clerk with no plausible way to go, he settles for a simulated trip, which can be embedded in his memory—or so the story begins. It develops into something quite different. The fantastic and the story-real merge. Why does the author go to these length...more
This book is easily the best ever short story I have ever read.
The book contains hardly 30 pages. But, it pulls off being one of the best ever edge-of-the-seat thriller.
Reading this book just notched up my expectations for ‘Total Recall’ quite a few bars up. I mean, a movie that uses this as the source material can’t be possibly bad.
I found two scenes that tower over the other scenes (awesome in their own right)....more
Philip K. Dick had a massive sense of irony, and this is an excellent demonstration of how that plays out in Doug's l...more
I read We Can Remember It For You Wholesale (that's basically this story right here) for an SF course, and I looove it. For a short story under 20 pages, it's absolutely infused with wit, action, and plot twists. Also, it gives you a lot to think about to the point of mild paranoia, so that's always good.
Honestly, I want to see that movie that incorporates this ending. It might be hard but I think it would be better than both movies if fine right.
There are little parts to this story that annoy me because it's minor details that make it seem unbelievable. Such as, why would the Interplan agency take Quail back to McClane at Rekal? Wouldn't they take him to their o...more
There are some made-up words that could have made me quit reading it, but I was lucky to have a friend who told me before reading it:
conapt is a kind of apartment
poscred is money
homeopapes are newspapers printed out like a fax
narkidrine is a drug that Rekal uses
sneaky pete is a gun
Interplan is the name of...more