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Sep 04, 2009 12:14pm
What does everyone think about the significance of the title of "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch"?
Sep 04, 2009 12:21pm
I'd guess it's related to the three artificial portions of Eldritch, his eyes, teeth and arm. It is these three items which seem to popup and alert people that what they're seeing is not the mundane.
Has anyone else been drawn to the significance of his name?
eldritch - Strange or unearthly; eerie.
BTW - I looked up the name meaning for Palmer and it turns out to be Pilgrim.
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Sep 04, 2009 01:39pm
As an aside: One of the most annoying things about
Guillermo Del Toro
is the fact that they named one of their evil mastermind characters Eldritch Palmer. I just hate it when mediocre books try to throw in references like that.
Sep 04, 2009 02:28pm
Ugh Stefan, I agree with you there. That book had been on my wishlist, now I'm rethinking it. Perhaps the reference would be less grating in a year from now when there is some distance from reading PKD.
Sep 04, 2009 04:42pm
Well, I haven't read the book, but I always liked the title. I knew that stigmata had religious significance--it's a manifestation of Christ's wounds on a believer's palms and feet. Random's definitions of "Palmer" and "Eldricht" further the religious meaning of the title. Does the story match the supernatural meaning of the title?
Sep 04, 2009 10:46pm
Sandi wrote: "Does the story match the supernatural meaning of the title? "
It does on a few levels. The motto for the drug Chew-Z is "God promises eternal life. We can deliver it".
There is also speculation near the end of the book on who or what Palmer Eldritch is or has become. I don't have the book handy though to remember the details very well.
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