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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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Lyn
Jan 04, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Darwin8u
Apr 29, 2016 Darwin8u rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
“Hell,' I said, 'love is an American cult. We take it too seriously; it's practically a national religion.”
― Philip K. Dick, We Can Build You

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Is this a PKD novel? Does it contain?

1. Madness? Yes.
2. Paranoia? Yes.
3. Simulacra? Yes.
4. Hallucinations? Yes.
5. Funky inventions? Yes.
6. Metaphysical explorations of what it means to be alive? Hell yes.
7. Loneliness? Yes.
8. Theology? Not so much.
9. A Fascist-type government? Yes, subtle, but yes (see comments below).
10. A Large Omnipresent Industry? Yes.
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Maureen
Oct 31, 2011 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, novels
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
Kartik
Mar 31, 2016 Kartik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with all other Philip K Dick novels, this is set in a dystopian America in the future. Louis Rosen (from whose POV the book is in) and his associate Maury Rock manufacture electric organs and spinets. Rock comes up with am idea - To mass produce simulacra (lifelike androids designed to closely simulate individuals) for Civil War reenactments. Add to this mix several characters whose strong personalities clash, trapping Rosen and derailing his company's plans.

With this, the story dissolves int
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Jim
Jul 26, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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
Monk
Feb 14, 2011 Monk rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandy
Aug 17, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul
Dec 18, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
serprex
Dick is really good at writing books that have nothing to do with their premise
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.
Roybot
Sep 20, 2015 Roybot rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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A
Jan 02, 2013 A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jeremy
Jan 13, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Tyler
Apr 28, 2015 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, pkd
How can you not love a book that features an Abe Lincoln robot?
Denis
May 03, 2014 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: softcover
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
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Charles Dee Mitchell
PKD always said that he wrote with his fingers. For a decade or so he wrote with his fingers on speed. He would get an outline together, then sit himself at the typewriter and let it flow. He wrote this novel in 1962, his annus mirabilis during which he completed 12 novels. This is the most "stream of conscious" novel of his that I have read. Not in the sense that he is creating characters who share their interior monologues. The interior monologue is all Phil's, partially put into the mind of h ...more
Eleonore Rigby
Sep 14, 2011 Eleonore Rigby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Simon
Dec 11, 2009 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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
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Cliff Jones
Apr 29, 2016 Cliff Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just a warning to anyone thinking of reading this who's not already a Philip K. Dick fan: This is not really a sci-fi novel! Sure, a couple of major characters are robots, and it is set in a sort of dystopian future, but it's not really about that. It's more about obsession and mental health and... business? It really is all over the place.

As a fan (this was PKD book #33 according to Goodreads), I found myself cringing a few times at clumsy wording and the awkward behavior of certain characters,
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Rayme
Liked the narrative energy and inventiveness but bored by Dick's 1970's attitude toward his female characters. Did not finish.
Sonic
Sep 20, 2012 Sonic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
"Wow!"

Dick's "heroes" are often regular guys and/or losers, and maybe I related a little too well with this he
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Michael A
May 31, 2016 Michael A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PKD's modus operandi is to use his books as a launching pad for deeper philosophical examinations of what life is, how humans relate to each other, and so on. That is, at least from the late 1950s and on. I like the fact that he is exploring these kinds of questions in a way that people can relate to; the dry philosophical essay would not do his talents justice.

Here is one of his deepest explorations yet of the questions that matter to him. Simulacra as human beings -- even more human than real
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Joel
Apr 15, 2016 Joel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Listed as science fiction and set against the backdrop of automata and lunar colonisation, We Can Build You takes a sharp left-turn, throwing the reader into the mind of Louis Rosen, a man in the business of selling electronic spinets and organs. Unable to reconcile his unrequited love for Pris, his business partner's daughter, he experiences mental breakdown and uncontrollably psychotic behaviour, threatening to kill Pris and her new business partner/lover, Sam Barrows. In what is perhaps the m ...more
Brandi
Jan 24, 2009 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2015 Alex Witney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Michael
Apr 16, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
John
Jun 06, 2016 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sean
Mar 04, 2010 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2014 Asta Olafs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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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
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