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K-PAX

(K-Pax #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,690 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Prot acaba de entrar como paciente en una de las instituciones para enfermos mentales de la ciudad de Nueva York. Su presencia en el centro está plenamente justificada: Prot afirma ser un alienígena proveniente del planeta K-Pax, un planeta donde reina la armonía.
Es su único rasgo peculiar, puesto que por lo demás, Prot es una persona cuerda, inteligente y de maneras agrad
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Paperback, 258 pages
Published December 28th 2001 by Ediciones Urano (first published 1995)
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Debbie Zapata
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saturdaymx
I remember seeing the movie version of this book some years ago, and while reading I could easily picture Kevin Spacey as prot (rhymes with goat). The book was quick to read, very compelling, with interesting and realistic characters. I thought the details of the planet K-PAX were fascinating, and I was left hoping that there really is such a place. Sorry to be so short here, but I am in a hurry to get back to the sequel, On a Beam of Light. Must find out what happens next! ...more
David (דוד)
A superb book. Combines typical SF elements brewed with mainstream Psychology and Psychiatry.

The book made me realize that as much as we can at several times put our psyche to be responsible for various things, there is eventually still a limit to understanding the psychology of a human being by a human being. IT GOES WAY BEYOND, ... UNDOUBTEDLY !!

Highly recommended.
S.P. Aruna
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful read!

There is a clever beauty about this book that deals with belief, or rather suspension of disbelief, because the way it is written, the reader must pass judgement on 2 levels:

1) The book is written in non-fiction style, as if this was a true case history from a professional psychiatrist. Is it, or is it a work of fiction?
2) If fiction, is the the character Prot really a visitor from the planet K-PAX? (actually his name is prot, because names are not capitalized on K-Pax, e
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Jordan Allen
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie before reading the book. I didn't know the book existed at first. Anyway, I would go to the theater down from where I lived. I saw the movie four times! I went to the theater to see it the last three times by myself!
Alas, this isn't a movie review...
Then I came across the book in the bookstore (of all places), and read it. I read the book a second time (I love rereading books or rewatching movies). I'm rereading it for the third time. I recommend that if you have it, read it! If
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Campbell
I really enjoyed this. I'm still not certain, however, if Prot really was a visitor from another world or not (I'm leaning towards "yes").
The Goon
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Psychiatrist Gene Brewer begins therapy with a new patient named Prot. During therapy, Prot makes a convincing argument that he is an alien from the plant K-PAX. Can it be so simple that Prot is an alien? Or is there something more to the story? What follows is a suspenseful journey to discover Prot's true identity.

This would have been a good book if it had not been for a few strikes that I have against it. The first strike is that I saw the movie based on this book a long time ago, so I alread
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Laura
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn about how to rate this one so I left it for a while. Now, a week on, I barely remember most of the details, which I think shows that it wasn't amazing, although it was definitely a fast-paced and interesting read.

The story is told from the perspective of Gene Brewer, a psychiatrist at a hospital in New York, who encounters prot - a man who insists that he is an alien from the distant planet K-PAX. Despite the fact that prot displays a range of unusual abilities and knowledge, Gene kn
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Lou Robinson
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book of the year for UK IT book club and what a cracker! I was a little bit dubious (as I always am) when it comes to sci-fi, but this is a great story. Set in a Manhattan psychiatric institute, it's based round a character called prot, who claims to be from the far distant planet of K-PAX. Where everything is better than it is on Earth. Doctor Brewer does his utmost to be to the bottom of prot's story. But does he fathom it out by the time prot is scheduled to return home? Well writte ...more
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Second reading and still as entertaining. Well polished writing and solid plot balanced with a well-written protagonist. The psychological content is also well-executed. Nothing literary about this book, but by far one of the much better entertainment fictions out there.
Roddy Williams
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
prot (lower case ‘p’) insists that he’s from the planet K-PAX in the constellation of Lyra. As you might expect, prot is locked up in a New York Psychiatric hospital, and it falls to Dr Gene Brewer (the author, in other words) to solve the mystery of prot’s identity.
‘No-one believes I’m an alien’ (apart from the fact that it would be a fab title for a Jerry Springer show, and it’s a shame Dr Brewer never worked this into the book) or ‘the alien in human form’ is a staple SF device which, althou
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Alex
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 maybe. Easy read, but mostly naive. I wanted sci-fi and got psych-fi... Oh well.

+ Environmental protection aspects
+ Interesting premise
- The psychiatrist sounds like he just finished his undergrad degree and has been practising for maybe a year, not 30.
- Acupuncture bit...
- Simplistic/Lay approach to mental health
Jayanth
Damn, that ending! Now I'm looking up theories and explanations for it because [don't read the spoiler if you plan to read this book](view spoiler)


RTC.
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John
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
K-PAX: Finally, A Science Fiction Masterpiece That “Could Happen”

“He calls himself prot (rhymes with goat). Is he man, alien or savior?”
First of all, let me say what a truly suspenseful and awesome beach read this is! Wow! I saw the movie poster at the theater in 2001 when the film came out. My dad rented it on VHS, and rented Dune—Frank Herbert’s science fiction masterpiece—a little later on, also on VHS. My dad was always a big fan of horror-type sci-fi (called SF for short). He liked movies l
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Andy Smith
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to read the book for years, to see what kind of novel (novela, really) could inspire such a magnificent film.

Never got round to it. Until now.

And wow! Beautiful. Poignant. So moving and subtle I wanted to believe!

Not much else I can say, except that I cried when Howie saw the Bluebird of happiness!
Cecily
I read three of the now four stories in 2008:

K-PAX I, which I gave 5*, my review here.

K-PAX II, which I gave 3*, my review here.

K-PAX III, which I gave 2*, my review here.
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Karen
Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For once I preferred the movie.
David
The story is told from the point of view of a psychiatrist at a hospital who is treating a patient who says he's from another planet. The patient describes a utopian world (of a sort that daily life involves little technology and the inhabitants just kind of wander through their days.) Wikipedia describes the book as science fiction. In this book (the first in a series), that is not clear. There are suggestive bits in the book which could mean the patient isn't merely delusional. However, in thi ...more
KC
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the movie K-PAX, and have rewatched it many times since it came out in 2001. I knew it was based on a book, but never had much interest in checking it out until now. I was afraid I wouldn't like it.

But it turns out, the book is pretty good, too! And the movie is a surprisingly faithful adaptation. Even the movie's minor characters are mostly all found in the book.

My only complaint is that Kevin Spacey's interpretation of Prot is far better than the audiobook narrator's in the a
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BunTheDestroyer
Weirdly took a long time for me to read it. At first I was hooked and then I didn't care. Strong resemblance to the movie, which I really enjoyed. While I want to know how it all ends, I don't want to read 4 more books, so I'll be giving the rest of them a pass.
Liubov
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Reality is what you make it"
Elisabeth
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly enjoyable psychological adventure. I remember the movie from my childhood and glad to see the book is even better.
Lewis
Jul 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His name is prot. Is he mad? Or could his strange story really be true?
Prot claims that he is from the planet K-PAX, a utopia where there is no such thing as murder or crime, government does not exist, everyone lives in harmony and the beings all have the ability of light travel.
The story is told from the point of view of Prot's psychiatrist or doctor 'Gene' while he is staying in the Metropolitan Institude for the clinicall ill. The chapters take the form of sessions in which Gene (the same nam
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Michele
I'd seen the movie, so I knew what was about to happen, which really did affect my feelings about the book. Sometimes that happens, sometimes it doesn't, but this time it did.

I found myself really bothered by some of the responses of the psychiatrist. Some of them were absolutely sophomoric, spelling out things that could only be meant for the lowest common denominator.

The female character, Giselle, is absolutely unnecessary. I'm unsure of what her purpose is. I don't remember that character be
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John Read
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Very original and 'out of the box.' An unknown man, with no traceable background, is brought into the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute. After many yests, he shows no sign of any mental/psychiatric problems. To all intents and purposes he is sane.
But..... he calls himself prot and insists he is from the planet K-Pax, an idyllic world with no war, famine or disease. Everybody lives in harmony. He sets a departure date weeks ahead when he is going to return 'home' on a beam of lig
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mel
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably 4.5 stars. I seriously enjoyed reading this, about as much enjoyment i got out of seeing the movie. I also LOVE fruit so can totally relate on that level. It’s a really easy read, and would make a great intro to science-fiction for a reader that might be hesitant to delve in. It’s got mystery, psychiatry, space-travel, animals, FRUIT and it’s compelling af. Nothing difficult just good old fashioned entertainment. would probably read again. long live prot
H Gibson
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I truly feel sorry for people who experience trauma and end up in mental wards, but more so if they end up in the hands of psychiatrists who practice something akin to witchcraft. I watched the movie K-Pax years ago, and it was mildly charming, so I wanted to see if the book offered anything deeper. It read like Godless, go-green, socialist propaganda. I laughed out loud, but not with enjoyment.
Simon
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dumb
Paul
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Everything is predictable. Comes across as didactic and pretentious.
Circa Girl
Everyone wants to read a book once in awhile that actually makes them think while it entertains. Leaves them a little bit wiser and more open minded than they started. K-Pax is one of those.

Despite the multiple subjects of science, philosophy, mental health, it covers it's a very easy read and very engaging. There's a beauty to the simplicity of the journal format and the telling and summarizing of events rather than directly interacting with them. Typically that would work against a fiction sto
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Carl Alves
I originally saw the movie version of K-Pax, starring Kevin Spacey, which I enjoyed, so I figured I would read the novel on which it was based. In this novel, a patient with no identification is brought to the Manhattan Psychiatric Institute, where he is put under the care of a psychiatrist that has the same name as the author. The patient calls himself Prot and claims he comes from the planet K-Pax, and will return on August 17. Prot is often witty and charming. He has an amazing amount of kno ...more
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Gene R. Brewer was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana and educated at DePauw University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before becoming a novelist Dr. Brewer studied DNA replication and cell division at several major research institutions, including St. Jude Children's REsearch Hospital (Memphis) and Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland). He is the author of the acclaimed K-PAX tril ...more

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K-Pax (5 books)
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  • The Coming of the Bullocks (K-Pax #5)

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