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A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
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bookshelves: fiction, science-fiction
Read from December 03 to 04, 2014

This was the first novel I’ve read by Phillip K. Dick and I have to admit that for once the author’s reputation did not lie. Having already seen, and liked, the film I was reading to see how much better the book was. I was not prepared for what I found. Dick, as he says in the epilogue, wrote this novel from his own experience with drugs in the 70’s and dedicated it to those who did not make it out of its powerful grasp. In a story that is not patronizing of those who lose themselves in the abuse of substances with which our bodies are not equip to deal, Dick is able to tell a story of the truly horrific damages that this choice can lead to. Overall the book serves to give a vividness to the burgeoning drug culture of the 70’s that many of us have only read of and for which this visceral accounting is welcomed look into the guts of the past.

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