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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
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Jan 15, 2011

it was amazing

When I read the first few pages of this book, I thought the characters were cliche and the dialog predictable. For example, the egocentric TV show host and the mega-starlet who hates her fame, and together they dodge fans-- yawn. Then the pace of the story changes, and our protagonist is nearly killed by a jealous lover. Later, from out of nowhere, a story about rabbit wanting to become a cat becomes a heart-wrenching metaphor for the limitations of human endeavor. This is where PKD is enigmatic; the possible topics, ideas, directions, and so on, appear to be limitless. He begins with the hard boiled detective, a worn-out genre, but his stories end somewhere else: between Camus and Kafka. Literary snobs should take note, and some have already.
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Andy Ha! Yes, you have successfully transcribed the thoughts of certain Hollywood screenwriters. Also, I read that many of PKD's books are optioned now. And I've been meaning to respond to your other comment: I'm getting used to the balance between PKD's speed-induced prose and the ideas born out of his dopamine saturated brain (not due to speed).

Andy Phillip Roth? I had no idea. Lame. I always expected Paul Auster of being overrated and... (sounds very harsh) derivative.

Jonathan Hawpe I'll take a novel with exciting/thought provoking ideas executed in "pedestrian" prose over a "beautifully" written portrait of middle-class angst, bla bla, ANYtime. People knock Vonnegut's prose a lot, too, but they're both great storytellers with humor, heart, and original things to say, in my opinion.

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Lynne Great review, Andy. This goes to the top of my to-read list.

message 5: by Christi (new)

Christi I liked that passage about the rabbit wanting to be a cat, but I just don't think I am one of PKD's fans in general.

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