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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
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Jan 24, 12

bookshelves: 2011

I am conflicted about Phil Dick. Most of the time for me his writing is sloppy and poor. On the other hand his ideas are *so* unique and so....weird, that I still find him compelling. Dick feels like he is a writer barely in control of his talent. It's fascinating.

Formally I didn't like this book at all; it felt dated and crude and it was confusing to follow. But conceptually it is brilliant; the main character unravels over the course of the book, and the text grows schizoid along with the character. As messy as this book is, it's quite a ride.


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