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Time Out Of Joint

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  4,810 ratings  ·  218 reviews
Time Out of Joint is Philip K. Dick's classic depiction of the disorienting disparity between the world as we think it is & the world as it actually is. The year is 1998, although Ragle Gumm doesn't know that. He thinks it's 1959. He also thinks he served in WWII, that he lives in a quiet little community & that he's really the world's long-standing champion of new...more
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Published November 1979 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1959)
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Oscar
No puedo empezar sin hacer mención a la criminal sinopsis de la contraportada de esta novela, que creo que ha seguido sucediendo incluso en ediciones de otras editoriales (véase Minotauro). Yo cometí el error de leerla y me fastidió toda la lectura, porque no hacía otra cosa que esperar, porque ya sabía que tenía que suceder, lo destripado en dicha sinopsis. Una cosa es picar la curiosidad del lector contando algo que suceda en los primeros capítulos, porque algo hay que contar, eso es indiscuti...more
Eddie Watkins
There's a soft spot in my brain for this early novel by P K Dick, probably his first full treatment of ersatz reality paranoia and the mental instability capable of seeing it for what it is. It reminds me of the movie The Truman Show (which I enjoyed) but is 6 to 8 times more involving and interesting.

One great thing about the book is the lovingly detailed 1950's middle class neighborhood setting (less all the counterculture drugginess of his later books). I don't mind drugs or drugginess, but t...more
Mad Dog
This is the "The Truman Show" before the "The Truman Show". Dick should get partial creative credit for the "The Truman Show", but he doesn't.

The lasting impression that I got from this book is the overall good nature of the conclusion of the book. People can be on different sides but NOT embittered at one another. Enemies can respect one another. As Rodney King so eloquently stated "Why can't we all get along?".

There are almost two separate stories here, sharing the same main character but muc...more
Tancredi
"La parola non rappresenta la realtà. La parola è la realtà."

Tempo fuor di sesto, dall'evidente citazione shakespeariana, è uno dei più classici romanzi dickiani, sebbene appartenente a un decennio considerato ancora "giovanile". Tra i tanti temi dickiani, uno dei più importanti è sicuramente il conflitto tra realtà e illusione, che lo scrittore rielabora in maniera sempre diversa e sempre più fantasiosa.
A far da sfondo è, altro topos dickiano, una tranquilla cittadina di provincia sul finire de...more
Jaime Nelson
Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick

THE TRUMAN SHOW meets THE MATRIX

Synopsis

It’s 1959. Ragle Gum lives with his sister and her family. He’s having an affair with the woman next door. He’s the champion of the newspaper contest, “Where Will the Little Green Man be Next?” Oh yeah, and he’s going sane.

It starts with what he thinks are hallucinations—a disappearing soft drink stand, leaving nothing in its place but a piece of paper labeled SOFT DRINK STAND. But then he hears pilots talking about h...more
Judy

When I was a reckless, drug-taking hippie, I must have been hanging out with the wrong people. How else can I explain that I never heard of Philip K Dick just when I needed him the most?

I have only recently begun to read his heady concoction of science fiction mixed with a sort of Zen spirituality. The message in this somewhat disjointed novel is that one can only life safely in the science fictional universe called "reality" if one is half asleep and gullible as hell.

Ragle Gumm is not quite in...more
Simon
Although many people say this book inspired the film "The Truman Show", Expect far more than that in this book. Ragle Gum is not merely another Truman Burbank. He is contained in a world of illusion not for the purposes of keeping others entertained, he has something dreadfully important to do, something somehow wrapped up with the daily puzzle he solves in the newspaper.

This book is about turning around the perception of the protagonist (Ragle Gum) and that of the reader again and again. Is Rag...more
Bob Fingerman
May 29, 2008 Bob Fingerman rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who are sci-fi curious but don't necessarily like sci-fi.
Philip K. Dick -- not nearly loved enough when he was alive (except maybe by the French) and now rightly revered for his genius -- wrote scads of books, but this title seldom makes it to his pantheon (which would include The Man in the High Castle; The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep; and Ubik, all chosen recently by Jonathan Lethem for Dick's entry in the prestigious The Library of America edition).

Maybe it's not trippy enough. Dick certainly laid on the "...more
Patrick
I'd have to rank this as one of my favorite Philip K Dick books so far- it felt like a really good episode of the Twilight Zone. Aside from centering on his most obvious theme, the illusion of a universal idea of reality, it was I think the first book to introduce the generic Philip K Dick protagonist, who is quite obviously a mirror of Philip K Dick himself- an arrogant, stubborn, down-on-his-luck proletariat with a persecution complex, someone with a bruised ego who nonetheless in a sort of Ay...more
Lee
This is my new favourite PKD novel.

It is quintessential Dick in that it revolves around the life of a quite ordinary person unravelling before there eyes. It begins ordinarily enough in small American town in the 1950's (when it was written), but from the beginning leads inexorably to its ultimate conclusion, which is an entirely different reality.

If you happened to read it, not knowing this, it might even strike you for the first fifty or so pages as an oddly gripping account of a beer swilli...more
Aries
Quando ero bambino (e più raramente anche dopo) mi capitava a volte di provare una strana, fastidiosa, sensazione.
A un certo punto, all'improvviso, mi sentivo "distaccato" da tutto.
Come se la mia vera vita non fosse quella, come se quella che stavo vivendo fosse una sorta di "recita" e la realtà fosse altrove.
Era una sensazione inquietante, mi spaventava sempre molto e per fortuna durava solo alcuni minuti.
Leggere questo libro di Philip K. Dick mi ha fatto tornare alla mente quei momenti.
E' il 1...more
Mike Philbin
Time Out of Joint comes from that golden era of Dick output that contained such ‘classics’ as Eye in the Sky, The Man Who Japed and, (my favourite) Solar Lottery. These early works, stripped of the drug abuse elements of the author’s final books and copyrighted from the late 1950s onwards, remind one of more innocent times after the second world war. Tinged with Cold War paranoia - there’s a real touch of the early shorts of Kurt Vonnegut in their structure and use of language and domestic situa...more
Kaan
"Ragle kurtulması gerektiğini biliyordu. Ama... bindiği taksi şehrin sınırlarını geçemiyordu... her nasılsa otobüs bileti kuyruğu hiç azalmıyordu... ve aslında o otobüs gerçekten var mıydı?

Umutsuz bir hareketle kasabadan ayrılmıştı ve yabancı bir eve sığınmıştı. Belki burada bir anda muazzam bir entrikanın öznesi haline gelmiş olduğu yanılsamasını alt edebilirdi...

Sonra televizyonu açtı. Bir eğitim filmi vardı. Kendisinin nasıl teşhis edileceği hakkındaydı..."

Philip K. Dick okunmaya değer bir ad...more
A.K.
Phil Dick writing about the fifties is just as good as Phil Dick writing about the sixties, seventies, eighties, etc. The novel starts up more or less in the mainstream (as opposed to SCI FUCKIN FI)
with an occasional whisper of an occasional frisson of some deep wrongness. Curiouser and curiouser, and now the floor drops out. I love how these total squares suss out the fishiness licketysplit then fixate on it like a wholesome yet crazily engrossing family game of mini-golf. With the same pitch...more
Stuart
This is one of PKD's earlier and lesser works. The protagonist discovers his mundane existence is a actually an elaborate hoax that covers up a much darker reality. Frankly, the author has explored this idea with much better results in later books, so that the book almost reads like a cheap knock-off of PKD himself, which was probably unavoidable since he wrote so many books just to pay the bills. I'd stick to his more famous works.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
Far more successful in death than he ever was while alive, Philip K. Dick’s novels have been the grist for the Hollywood blockbuster mill for several decades now. But I’m not sure, outside of the monetary compensation; Philip K. Dick would be all that flattered by what Hollywood has done to his often schizophrenic and drug-induced paranoid fantasies. If the movies really put in the effort to truly capture the visions that PKD attempted to put down for us in his prose, I’m willing to bet the thea...more
Williwaw
This is not one of Dick's best works, but it nevertheless touches on a theme that he is famous for: namely, the possibility that "reality" is only a veneer which, when stripped away, will reveal something unexpected. Often, as in this book, characters pick up clues in interesting ways. Here, it's some old telephone books dug up from the "ruins" of an aborted, local housing development, where kids like to play; also some secret radio broadcasts that a boy picks up on a toy "crystal set" radio.

The...more
Matthew
I love reading Philip K. Dick, and kind of devoured him during my high school days. And Dick always made me read other things. If I hadn't of read Dick, I wouldn't have discovered who Nathanial West was, and that would have been a shame. After recently reading so many big thick works, with Infinite Jest right behind me, I thought I would dive into a quick Dick read. Although the Hamlet reference is not as overt as that book, don't let that stop you from reading this minor classic in Dick's ouver...more
Lyn
Philip K. Dick's Time Out of Joint may very well have influenced the producers of the film The Truman Show.

Orson Scott Card may also have gotten some ideas for Ender's Game. PKD tells this one close to the vest for the first half of the book, slowly developing the action and leaving some M. Night Shyamalan type clues along the way for the reader to pick up.

This was published in 1959, one of his earlier novels and an observant reader of PKD will notice a more subtle approach than some of his la...more
Jack Stovold
My Philip K. Dick Project

Entry #14 - Time Out of Joint (written Jan. 1958, published 1959)

This is one of Dick’s best sci-fi novels yet! It moved rapidly, and I couldn’t put it down, ended up reading it in less than two days. Dick’s writing is getting better with each novel. One thing I’ve enjoyed during the course of this project is watching the convergence of Dick’s “literary” and “sci-fi” styles. The beginning of this book reads a lot like Dick’s mainstream novels, albeit in a more compressed...more
Scott Holstad
I thoroughly enjoyed Philip K. Dick's Time Out of Joint. I tell ya, he rarely disappoints. In this novel, he's his paranoid self, delving into alternate realities, but the beauty of this book is that it feels more "innocent," I guess -- much less like his later drug crazed paranoid freak show novels (which I still enjoy). This book was written in 1958, published in 1959, and I think it shows a fresher Dick at work, one who hasn't been addled by psychosis as in the '70s and later.

The story revolv...more
Sorana
Are all classical SF books naive by definition? I've only read Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury and Philip K. Dick until now, but all of them had that naivity of language that made the characters seem somehow plain. I suppose the authors emphasize on the idea and not on the means of delivering it. Anyway, besides what I just mentioned, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the way in which the confusion and the elements of apparently supernatural made their way into the plot and I believe the story...more
Zoroasterxiv
Science fiction has the potential to unlock the power of the human imagination, but it is only valuable the hoity-toity literary types like me when the prose and the themes are comparable to the great realist fiction. I feel like Dick does not hit it here; much of the writing felt like scaffolding (first this happened, then this happened, then the big reveal at the end). I remember liking Do Androids Dream considerably more, but then again, that was written nine years after this, when Dick was p...more
Luis C
Mar 16, 2013 Luis C rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore fans of sci-fi
Recommended to Luis by: Jaime Agudo villanueva
La sensación que tengo del libro es que es un poco deslabazado. No sé cuanto tardó el autor en escribirlo, pero no me extrañaría que fuese en dos meses.

Es mi primer libro de Philip K Dick y veo por qué tiene fama: la trama de este libro se adentra en lo filosófico / metafísico y eso le da cierta profundidad, aunque en este caso en particular es un poco pastiche.

El comienzo de la trama es aburrida hasta decir basta, y luego la novela progresa gracias a la maestría del autor para ir soltando dato...more
Robyn
This book is one of Phillip Dicks early major works. The book is set in the idyllic 1950s; nuclear family and nuclear paranoia. We center on one man in the book, Ragel Gumm, who basically solves a newpaper puzzle for a living.

Everything from small seemingly everyday coincidences and insignificant events to things like large objects dissipating and leaving a slip of paper with the name of the object come together to make Ragel think he's losing his mind, or is it reality? This book was the inspi...more
angie
I can never say enough good things about this mind-bending novel that is both gripping and provocative (as is a lot of Philip K. Dick's work). Having read it at least half a dozen times over the past twenty years, I would have to say I'm glad it's never been made into a movie...it's so good you just wouldn't want anyone to mess with the images and thoughts the book brings out so well.

Topics such as perception vs. reality, known vs. unknown, fifties culture, contentious family relationships...all...more
Rob
Good in parts. The description of first slight but then growing unease in a perfect 50's world (written in the 50's mind you) is a great piece of writing. So often Dick is lauded for his ideas but he can write as well as Austen or Dickens. I have to think that this is an allegory for his times. A perfect time but with a dark underbelly that everyone agreed to not talk about. At various times the characters ask why they did not question the growing sense of unease.

To be sure this is probably Dick...more
Xio
"We can put everything we know together, he realised, but it doesn't tell us anything, except that something is wrong. And we knew that to start with. The clues we are getting don't give us a solution; they only show us how far-reaching the wrongness is."

A neat and welcome dose of paranoia, philosophy, psychology mixed with a nifty little back up story.

You may be reminded of The Truman Show if you read this, but I'm not sticking my toe in that pond (not here, at least. Maybe over at IMDB).

Quic...more
Chris
An all right early effort, but ultimately not up to par with other, later Dick adventures in paranoia.
Allan Dyen-shapiro
Early Phillip K. Dick. The first novel of his to be published in hardback, actually, from 1959. In that era, he very much reminds me of an episode of the Twilight Zone--the back cover gives away that this idyllic description of 1959 America isn't real, but you won't guess what's really going on, at least not all of the details.

As would be expected in 1959 science fiction, the female characters are basically props. But the insight it gives you into 1959 America is fascinating. America, back when...more
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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. 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 Memo...more
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