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Jälleen kerran Philip K. Dickiä kiehtovat omapäiset robotit, nyrjähtäneet ihmissuhteet ja reistailevat mielet.

Kun sähköurut eivät käy enää kaupaksi, vaihtaa oregonilainen soitintehdas alaa ja rupeaa valmistamaan täydellisiä jäljennöksiä historiallisista henkilöistä ? robotteja, jotka näyttävät esikuviltaan, puhuvat, ajattelevat ja tuntevat kuin esikuvansa.

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Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 1998 by Like (first published 1972)
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I want Wes Anderson to make this into a movie.
I want Wes Anderson to make this into a movie.
I want Wes Anderson to make this into a movie. Starring Paul Giamatti, Oliver Platt, Abigail Breslin, Kevin Spacey and John Cusack.

We Can Build You, first published in 1972 could have been one of Dick’s best novels, but his was an inconsistent genius and that is evident here. I will go way out on a limb here, but this could also be seen as the anti-The Fountainhead, setting Rand’s objectivism on its ear
We Can Build You, as a novel, is perhaps as schizophrenic as its characters are. It begins by introducing the narrator, Louis Rosen, co-owner of a not entirely legitimate distributor of organ and spinet pianos with Maury Rock aka Frauenzimmer. Maury's daughter, eighteen-year old Pris has recently been let out of a mental hospital on an out-patient basis: in this world radiation has not only caused physical deformities but mental ones and a large segment of the population functions (or doesn't, a ...more
This Philip K. Dick novel is like two different novels cobbled together. Except, it works. Partly because the "heroine" of We Can Build You -- Pris Frauenzimmer -- is probably the most repulsively attractive heroine I have ever seen in a Dick novel. It is Pris who holds the two parts together, first by her building an artificial Abraham Lincolm and Edwin Stanton who are actually characters in their own right; and secondly, by her father's partner's (Louis Rosen) obsession with the raven-haired e ...more
So much for me becoming a Philip K Dick fan. To try to capture the story line would be next to impossible, as the book lacks helpful elements such as a beginning, middle and end. At times, it is about the extent to which androids are more or less alive than humans. At other times, it is an irrational love story. Finally, it becomes the story of a person's decent into apparent madness. But there are too many problems with this thing to keep track of. First, the book might work better as a Kurt Vo ...more
Dick shows his usual dazzling blend of vision and narrative energy in this novel. The ideas he is playing with and the manner with which he uses humanity and technology to play out these ideas is five star worthy.

However, maybe due to the above, I can't help being 3 star disappointed upon finishing... I understand the demented manner with which the narrative focus is in play with the theme, but I really wanted more from the simulcra: I wanted them more up front in the story, and found myself wan
Although Philip K. Dick's 28th sci-fi novel, "We Can Build You," was first published in book form as a 95-cent DAW paperback in July 1972, it had actually been written a good decade before, and first saw the light of day under the title "A. Lincoln, Simulacrum" in the November '69 and January '70 issues of "Amazing Stories." As revealed by Dick biographer Lawrence Sutin, the book was in part inspired by the centennial of the Civil War and by a simulation of Abraham Lincoln that Phil had recently ...more
A schizophrenic book about schizophrenia. In one part its quite a straight forward an interesting scifi about robots and artificial intelligence, with a little bit of business negotiations and dodgy retail practices, then it morphs into a book about a descent into madness brought about by the rest of the book. One character , Pris is known to have mental issues from the start but it is the descent if Louis that makes up the last section.
The book is a strange one but the weird mix still works.
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Published in 1972, Dick uses the premise of a "future" (the book takes place in Dick's imagined 1982) where programming is advanced enough to allow programming the appearance of sentience into androids to provide a treatise on mental health and mental healthcare.

In short, Louie Rosen and his partner Maury run a business making and selling electronic organs. One day, however, Maury decides to make an android of E
How can you not love a book that features an Abe Lincoln robot?
Riley Edwards
Maybe I'll up this to four stars once I've figured out what the point was.

Or more precisely, if there was a point other than the obvious one.

At times brilliant, but then, like the main character, kind of lost it.
I read this a few years ago but never reviewed it. "Lyn" did such a brilliant bang-up job at it, so I re-read it to give it a go for myself.

Written in '62 but not published until '69 (magazine serial) and '72 (book form). Why so? I don't know. It is a really interesting novel mostly about mental illness as an epidemic in America set in 1982 (the year of PKD's death -oddly enough). First off, it covers common PKD themes: The "common man" setting of a father and son business that makes and sells s
PKD did a good job weaving the schizophrenic elements into this book. He has a great ability to write a believable and readable narrative shaped by mental illness.

My issues with this book have nothing to do with his abilities because despite a lack of interest, I was objectively still impressed by the way he writes.

My issues with this book is that it was boring, nothing happened, it didn't go anywhere. None of the characters did anything of worth or if they did, I didn't care. It wasn't a page t
Chris Hearn
Entertaining and smooth enough that I got through 200 pages of this in transit between 3:30-6:30am this morning, still, it doesn't really go anywhere. This is a sci-fi book about a musical organ company, who, upon realising that their technology is becoming obselete, choose to enter into the market for androids. Philip K Dick is pretty famous for this sort of thing, just missing huge technological leaps - I mean, they couldn't have built synthesizers instead? - and not really having the foresigh ...more
Eleonore Rigby
Philip K. Dick gehört zu denjenigen Autoren, deren Vorstellungskraft und Ideenreichtum die meine bei weitem übertreffen. Da, wo er hindenkt, und das, was er schreibt, liegt in dem Bereich, wo ich ohne seine Bücher niemals hinkommen würde. Dick hat einen so fabelhaften, detailierten Schreibstil, der mich vollends fasziniert. Egal, über was er schreibt - er hat sich auch bei diesem Roman "Die Lincoln Maschine" selbst übertroffen. In diesem Roman erzählt er die Geschichte von zwei Geschäftsleuten, ...more
A mish-mash of themes and ideas in this book with occaisional flashes of brilliance but never quite weaved together as expertly as he has done elsewhere.

Themes explored in this book include those that he has examined in other books such as simulacrums ("Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep", "The Simulacra"), what it means to be alive and mental illness/breakdown ("A Scanner Darkly").

Certainly the focus of the book seems to shift from the former to the latter which leaves one with the impression
Liked the narrative energy and inventiveness but bored by Dick's 1970's attitude toward his female characters. Did not finish.
This book seemed more cohesive than many other Dick books. I have often felt like he goes off on tangents of possibility and explores new ideas without fully investigating his initial premise. This book was different than that. His brilliance as a writer is often overshadowed by his amazing philosophical imagination, but there were some moments during this book where I thought to myself

Dick's "heroes" are often regular guys and/or losers, and maybe I related a little too well with this he
We Can Build You, by Philip K. Dick (who I usually love) has left me feeling betrayed. It's a sham; a bald-faced lie. The cover and descriptions whisper sweet tales of android presidents and moon settlements and questions about the nature of autonomy and humanity. If you build a perfect replica of a man, is it a man?

Sadly, we'll never know, because the vast majority of this book is really about an old man becoming obsessed with the 18-year-old daughter of his business partner. It's about him re
Philip K Dick is a master and making you go "huh?" and I mean that in a good way. His mind is so far out there that it takes a while to get in the right frame of mind to be able to enjoy him. This was the first book of his that I read and I am planning on reading much more. This book makes us question what being human is and the philosophical nature of the question is addressed with vigor here.
Alex Witney
"One Man's Schizophrenia is Another Man's Happiness"

We Can Build You follows Dick's fascination with mental illness and what it is to be human, culminating in a remarkably good book that unfortunately loses its narrative theme once too many times to be considered a classic.

The story concerns Louis Rosen, a piano salesman, as he embarks on a joint venture with his business partner in recreating life like simulacra modelled after American civil war icons. During this he falls in love with his part
Subtle, but typical Dick - dysfunctional unrequited love set against a backdrop of business skullduggery and androids - particularly a Lincoln android who gets depressed easily. It could be that much of what you'd read hear may reflect Dick's relationship with one of his ex-wives, particularly in the area of decorating the bathroom. Also, we have a government way too concerned about the mental health of its citizens, spending ridiculous sums of money to send people to clinics for extended stays ...more
A few interesting ideas, most of which are abandoned for a rather dull story, and as always, a number of weird and/or creepy and/or funny sequences. But all told, the weakest PKD I've yet read.
Asta Olafs
The best word to describe this book would be: strange.
I’m not sure why one cover for this book shows us a robotic Hitler, when only three robots are even made. Another cover shows a simulacra of a futuristic-looking woman. These covers are obviously just meant to sell the book and I admit that I got fooled. With the description of the book sounding interesting and the covers looking so good I just had to give it a go.
The sci-fi elements are very minimal and the science of the simulacras are mo
The idea of reviving Abe Lincoln and Edwin Stanton as androids, developed in the first half of the novel, is intriguing. The first part of the book is also often ironic. Then, everything changes in the second part. The story of the two androids is quickly abandoned (and has no ending), the mental instability of the narrating character becomes the central theme of the narration, the mood of the story shifts towards depressing (and also this line of narration has no real ending). Now I understand ...more
Scott Holstad
I've read nearly 40 books by Philip K Dick and have loved most. This book was only the second sci fi novel I couldn't finish, so that says something. I got halfway through and gave up. It's about two guys who own a company that makes electronic organs who decide to branch out and make robots of Lincoln and other Civil War persons. One of them has a schizophrenic 18 year old daughter named Pris (remind you of anyone?) who's batshit crazy. She and Louis, the protagonist, develop a love/hate relati ...more
"My life is devoted to worshipping Pris as if she were a goddess. I've projected her archetype onto the universe; I see nothing but her, everything else to me is unreal."

"Pris is pristine in an awful way: all that goes on among and between people, all that we have here, fails to touch her. When one looks at her one sees back into the farthest past; one sees us as we started out..."

I am a huge fan of Philip K. Dick, since I first got my hand on Ubik, I've never looked back, and I'm rarely disap
Like Martian Time Slip, which was written at the same time, this novel incorporates popular 1960's psychiatric theories about schizophrenia which have aged badly and fallen out of favor in the intervening years. Schizophrenia was seen as a kind of epidemic caused by the alienation of the modern world. In this novel, the federal government has had to institutionalize something like 20% of the American population to contain this psychiatric epidemic.

In my opinion, a bizarre or outdated premise doe
Jamie Rich
Is this a comedy? Is this an existential story of love, lust and betrayal? Is it even SciFi? Well, yes... and no. The most human, and well adjusted characters are simulacra of Abe Lincoln and his Secretary of War Stanton. The so called real people are all definitely not well adjusted.
It was written in 1972, yet holds up quite well today. All I can say is that to experience it, you need read it. And don't worry that after you're done you wonder just what the Hell you read? Kafka would be most ce
Perry Whitford
Louis Rosen manages MASA Associates, a family firm, with his father, his mutant brother Chester, and his business partner, Maury Rock. They build and sell electronic pianos and organs, but sales are down. So Maury suggests a different tack.

Why not exploit nostalgia for the Civil War by creating simulacra of the combatants to sell to the government, which could use them to stage reconstructions of the conflict? In fact, he has already built a replica Edwin M. Stanton.

Rosen is dubious at first, b
I was excited to read this one because it's set in the Boise, Idaho and Ontario, Oregon area where I'm from. And Seattle's in there too. But the setting turned out to have nothing to do with the story, so skip this if you're looking for books the NW. I also love the title, but it turns out Dick didn't come up with that himself. This is a fun book about a musical instrument company that decides to start making androids. The major flaw of the book is that half way through the plot changes entirely ...more
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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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“And, as I watched the Lincoln come by degrees to a relationship with what it saw, I understood something: the basis of life is not a greed to exist, not a desire of any kind. It's fear, the fear which I saw here. And not even fear: much worse. Absolute dread. Paralyzing dread so great as to produce apathy.” 6 likes
“I even gave up, for a while, stopping by the window of the room to look out at the lights and deep, illuminated streets. That's a form of dying, that losing contact with the city like that.” 2 likes
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