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Il paradiso maoista

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Il romanzo descrive la claustrofobica vicenda di due uomini e una donna isolati dalla realtà e alienati uno dall'altro a causa del loro passato. E' il 1949 nella Cina postrivoluzionaria: Verne Tildon e la giovane Barbara Mahler sono costretti a mettere da parte il risentimento reciproco e il senso di frustrazione che provano a causa della loro vecchia relazione e impegnars ...more
Hardcover, Collezione immaginario Dick, 368 pages
Published February 21st 2007 by Fanucci Editore (first published 1994)
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Erich Franz Linner-Guzmann

Gather Yourselves Together is one very weird and strange book; bizarre would be a good word to describe the story too, but not in the traditional Dickian bizarre fashion, only because it is one of Phil Dick's mainstream novels, but a weird one none the less. For an even stranger reason I actually enjoyed it. The only plausible reason I can think of as to why I enjoyed it, is because I am truly a Dickhead. This book is unique in a lot of ways and had a lot of what would be to come in his later no
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Jack Stovold
My Philip K. Dick Project

Entry #23 - Gather Yourselves Together (written June 1952, published posthumously June 1994)

In the course of this project, I’ve done my best to read through Dick’s works in the order of composition. However, this book, Gather Yourselves Together, was out of print until a new version was released last month. I wasn’t willing to pay over a hundred dollars just to read in perfect order. Now after having read this, I’m glad I didn’t.
There’s some debate, but most Dick schol
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Denis
Dec 12, 2012 Denis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: softcover
(Excerpt from Wikipedia synopsis: After the final victory of Mao Zedong's Chinese Communists in 1949, an American company prepares to abandon their Chinese operations, leaving three people behind to oversee transitional affairs. Verne and Barbara were previously involved with each other back in the United States, in 1945, when she lost her virginity to him. They have sex again, but Barbara has matured, and becomes more interested in the younger Carl. Carl is more interested in reading his handwr ...more
David Merrill
Jul 07, 2013 David Merrill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading some of the other reviews of this novel and the afterword by Dwight Brown in the Mariner edition, I came away feeling as though I read a different book than they did. I liked it very much, but it definitely didn't follow the usual PKD format of introducing three characters who converge later in the novel. In fact, we're presented with little more than three characters to begin with. aim a sense, they've already converged before they meet, being isolated as the only three people left behi ...more
Brett
Dec 22, 2013 Brett rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classy-fiction
This is an early Philip K. Dick novel that wasn't published during his lifetime. It's not a bad book by any stretch, but it has a very different feel from most of Dick's bibliography, and it is quite obviously written by a novice.

The plot focuses on three employees of a nameless large corporation that is pulling out of China for vague political reasons. These three employees are left behind to keep a watch on the company property until it is to be turned over to Chinese nationals. The entirety
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Earl Biringer
Somewhere in here there is actually a good book wanting to come out. GYT operates on several different allogorical levels - Dick's own lfe, the state of global economics circa 950, man's fall from grace, and probably a couple more. IF we take the religous view, Tildon would be the serpent, Fitter the inept Adam, and Mahler as the confused Eve. That leaves “the company” in the god-role, tying this book in nicely with Dick’s later explorations of Gnosticism.
Martin
Aug 03, 2012 Martin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not half as bad as I feared. The dialogue was at times a bit childish and tedious (not to mention unbelievable), but the afterword for this book really puts it in perspective.
Bob Lopez
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Jared Busch
Yeah, now that I've finished I do agree with the 3-star reviews. It's not that the writing is bad - it's just that by the end the whole thing feels sort of... empty. But as a first novel written at 23, I'm impressed. If you're really into PKD I would say it's required reading - if not, there are MANY other places to start.
Bgwara
Feb 21, 2017 Bgwara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Très étrange. Ce roman d'apprentissage n'est pas vraiment un K. Dick, mais c'en est un tout de même avec des thèmes forts : la destruction d'un monde, une vie post-apocalyptique, un jardin d'Eden...
Scott Holstad
Oct 18, 2014 Scott Holstad rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
MAN, what a BORING book! Nothing happens in this book -- at all. The plot centers around three employees of a large corporation that has a big plant in China that is pulling out for some strange political reason. These employees are seemingly left behind at random to keep watch over company property until it is given over to the Chinese, otherwise known as "yuks" for some bizarre reason. The book takes place during this wait and is accompanied by several flashbacks of earlier times in the US. An ...more
Sarah Roach
Oct 28, 2016 Sarah Roach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mauro Brenna
Feb 08, 2015 Mauro Brenna rated it liked it
Il primo romanzo del grande PhilipK. Dick. Che dire a riguardo? In primo luogo non �� un racconto di fantascienza. Io lo consiglio soprattutto a chi ha gi�� letto i libri dickiani pi�� significativi, solo cos�� a mio avviso si pu�� apprezzare retrospettivamente per ci�� che rappresenta.La storia narra di tre americani, uomini e una donna, che attendono l'arrivo degli occupatori cinesi. Questi devono prendere possesso degli edifici della Compagnia per la quale i tre americani lavoravano.Il plot s ...more
Lonely Shikari
Dec 01, 2016 Lonely Shikari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Первый или один из первых романов Дика. Реалистичный, далекий от сай-фая, которым он стал известен. Очень личный, местами автобиографичный. Аллюзия на библейскую историю Адама, Евы, изгнания из Эдема. Эту книгу нельзя назвать захватывающей, хотя я прочитал ее на одном дыхании, но скорее потому что очень сильна оказалась ассоциация главного героя со мной года 2007. Тем не менее, это потрясающее путешествие без собственно перемещения, ему сопутствующего, взгляд на взросление, раскрытие сексуальнос ...more
Maurizio Codogno
Nov 15, 2010 Maurizio Codogno rated it it was ok
Shelves: narrativa, finished
Magari c'era anche una ragione ben precisa perché il primo libro scritto da Philip Dick era sempre rimasto inedito ed è stato pubblicato ben dopo la morte dell'autore, quando ormai anche le sue liste della spesa sono state edite. L'ambientazione, con la innominata Compagnia che fugge dalla Cina conquistata da Mao lasciando tre suoi impiegati a passare le consegne ai comunisti, non sarebbe male; ma è chiaro che i caratteri dei protagonisti sono stati appena abbozzati, e il libro si perde in descr ...more
Mercedes
This was my first experience with PKD, and so I decided to start from "the beginning" - this was one of his first novels. You can see his talent as clear as day, with a lot of buds bursting into beautiful flowers in this work. I liked it as a "seed" read and now I'm ready for more PKD, like some of his CLASSICS.
Gather Yourselves Together has a surreal, alien feel. It can be repetitive with some of the tropes and themes, but not in an overly annoying way. The book explores youth, coming of age,
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Robyn Blaber
So, I decided to read everything that there is that I can find written by Philip K. Dick and this is his very fist novel. It was NOT what I expected. It's set in a minimalist universe which is sort of the basis for Sci-Fi writing, but it is more of an autobiographical/historical novel about people clearing out of a Western owned industrial operation in China during the time of the Cultural Revolution there.

Some of the writing is very powerful and compelling... it's a great insight into what's to
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Michelle
Aug 10, 2015 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of the worst books I've ever read. I almost threw it across the room several times. It should never have been published, but of course I guess Philip K. Dick was so well renowned that they would publish anything he set to paper at that point. I was considering banning white male authors from my oeuvre for the rest of the year before I started reading this, and now I'm sure I will definitely do so.

Nothing happens in this book. Each sentence has a very similar structure so you get the sense o
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Brendan
Not the best of Dick's work, which I guess is to be expected considering how early on it was written. It is well written, but there isn't really a whole lot to the story; everything is painted in rather broad strokes for a novel of this length. The flashback scenes don't blend well with the present day story, especially Carl's. Worth reading if you're as obsessed with his work as I am, but not an integral part of Dick's canon.
B
Jul 29, 2012 B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Is this really a Philip K. Dick novel?

You could have fooled me. No science fiction with its "homeopapes" and yet no television repairmen.

Moreover, unlike the other early non-scifi novels, there's an awful lot of polish here. I don't think what's being polished is particularly deep or bright. It's another facet of Dick, which is interesting in a collectible sense, but not something that stands out on its own.
Karl Kindt
Jul 14, 2016 Karl Kindt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I am stunned. Yes, this is not PKD sf, but it's far better than half the novels he wrote, sf and otherwise. It has the PKD quirks and strange observations of life I love in his writing. This is the most polished work I've read by him so far, with only five more left to read, and this was his first novel we know of. It's as good as anything F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote and similar in theme. It's PKD's GREAT GATSBY.
Chris
May 03, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's not like PKD's other work. It is possibly his first novel, and seems somewhat autobiographical in nature (at least one of the characters is reportedly based strongly on PKD as a young man). The book was interesting to me mostly because of its context in PKD's oeuvre rather than for any other reason.
Luke Johnson
On one hand, there's nothing to contradict the idea of Carl being asexual. On the other hand... (view spoiler)
Graham Barr
PKD's stalwart scifi fanbase seem to regard this as somewhat of an oddity, I actually found it to be a compelling read and very accomplished seeing as it is apparently one of his first novels. Given its time of writing, if it had received some sympathetic pruning from a good editor we may well have found PKD as one of the Beat generation instead of one of the founding fathers of science fiction.
Douglas
Very much unlike Philip Dick's other content, as it deals with more of an "alternate present" than a future or future concerns. Very much rooted in the mundane, heavily reliant on flashback which is difficult to piece together at times. Much more a poetic read than other work.
Austin Sheehan
Aug 14, 2014 Austin Sheehan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really impressed by this one.. It is an unusual P. K. Dick book as it is sci-fi than anything else of his.
It is a really interesting book about the relationships between 3 people isolated from everyone else. It is not his best book, but not his worst either.
Nicholas Bennett
My least favourite PKD novel. Still enjoyed it though. What died that tell about his quality?
James
Aug 08, 2016 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
PKD is a master on imagery. He lays bare our bleak existence for his readers to digest with crystal clarity.
Dmitry Verkhoturov
Хорошая проза. Хотя и несколько затянуто, очень интересно читать.
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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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