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Confessions of a Crap Artist by Philip K. Dick
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Aug 03, 2009

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** spoiler alert ** Jack Isidore is a crackpot. He cooks up "unscientific" theories and labels his beliefs under empirical evidence. He is unemployable and insane but not violent. In fact he gets around children very well. The story revolves around the time when he comes to stay with his sister who lives with her husband and two children in a large house out in the country.

This book is more about relationships than about twisted reality that we know Dick presents in his books. The book has multiple narrators and their respective point of view.

this isn't the sort of book where after you've finished it you will think about it for days or weeks. What this book presents beautifully is the inevitable fallibility of human intelligence. At the end you hardly feel bad about any character but just a bitter taste is left for Fay - Jack's manipulative sister.

If a common theme had to be given to the book it would be about choices the human mind takes regarding his/her own life.
Nathan - Fay's lover leaves his beautiful wife and a college degree to look after her and her children literally as a servant. Fay's husband ends up killing himself. Jack is left wondering about his life as a crap artist at the end of book.

None of them make the correct choice, just like the rest of us.

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