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Il paradiso maoista

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  20 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 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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Brett
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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David Merrill
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
Mauro Brenna
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 si sviluppa t ...more
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
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.
Scott Holstad
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
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.
Maurizio Codogno
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
Austin Sheehan
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.
Luke Johnson
On one hand, there's nothing to contradict the idea of Carl being asexual. On the other hand... (view spoiler)
Dmitry Verkhoturov
Хорошая проза. Хотя и несколько затянуто, очень интересно читать.
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
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.
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.
Nicholas Bennett
My least favourite PKD novel. Still enjoyed it though. What died that tell about his quality?
Matt Blackburn
Overall, and enjoyable read with several great quotes/observations by the main characters.
Andrea Cattaneo
Di sicuro non è il meglio di P.K. Dick...
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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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