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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (original 1974; edition 2012)

by Philip K. Dick

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Title:Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
Authors:Philip K. Dick
Info:Mariner Books (2012), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 256 pages
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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick (1974)


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Four to five stars for great ideas and beautiful unironic emotion. Two to three stars for really clunky writing and weaving storytelling. ( )
  darushawehm | Oct 24, 2015 |
P. K. D.'s Flow My Tears Said the Policeman is a decent page-turner, but not completely satisfying. The book was written in the mid-70's, but set in 1988, so it's "in the future." The central figure is a celeb who wakes up in a flea-bag hotel, a big wad of cash in his pocket, but no ID. And he quickly discovers that NO ONE KNOWS WHO HE IS. And of course, he's living in a police-state kind of society where ID of multiple types is essential. But there are NO files on him anywhere in the whole world, not even in the colonies on the Moon. That of course makes him a subject of interest to the authorities, who want to know how he expunged the international data banks of his personal data. It's not spoiling anything to say that it all works out in the end. Pretty much.

I get a kick out of the mix of technological forecasting that's stirred into such stories. In this depiction of 1988, people travel around in vehicles called "quibbles" that fly, taking off and landing vertically. There seem to be traffic lanes in the sky, but no traffic controllers. There seem to be streets, and people park their quibbles at the curb. Taxis are robotic quibbles, and once at your destination, you can't exit ('cause the door won't open) until you pay up.

The authorities have endless data bases, digital dossiers on ev...er...y...body, that can be accessed quicktime. The phones have video-screens so you can see who you are talking to. They've got microdot tracking devices that can be hidden in a person's clothing, and even supremely miniaturized nuclear bombs (called "seeds") that can be implanted under your skin and triggered remotely if you...uh...you know...drift out of line.

All this BUT, vinyl discs are state-of-the-art for recorded music. All the phones are linked by wires. Wanna call your buddy? Get out some coin and find a pay phone. The computer mavens still depend on punch cards. ( )
  weird_O | May 21, 2015 |
disappointing ( )
  clarkland | Apr 29, 2015 |
Once more Philip Dick delivers an intriguing and often confusing novel concerning the nature of identity.

Set in a dystopian police-state America, a genetically-enhanced actor wakes up one day and finds out he never existed. What happens next is an exploration of this nightmarish scenario though the twist ending is somewhat controversial. ( )
  xuebi | May 30, 2014 |
When a writer cross-references himself as much as [a:Philip K. Dick|4764|Philip K. Dick|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1264613853p2/4764.jpg] does, the absence of certain details becomes as powerful as the details that actually appear on the page. The reader struggles with what he or she knows to have been true many times before. But after repeated attempts to adjudicate the divide between the known past and the unfolding present, the reader is faced with a stark choice: fail and walk away from the novel as a lessened member of literary society or engage the author for the first time again.

Laying aside convenient devices like the Time Scoop and androids, [b:Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said|22584|Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said|Philip K. Dick|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167351984s/22584.jpg|949696] brings readers to post Second Civil War America filled run by a fascist police force and fear. Entertainer Jason Taverner wakes up one morning to find more than just his identity cards gone. More than a theft, he struggles to survive in a world where he apparently never existed. Dick's twist on time and the complexity of Police General Buckman more than make up for the tacked on happy ending. ( )
  IsotropicJoseph | Apr 28, 2014 |
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Flow my tears, fall from your springs!

Exiled forever, let me mourn;

Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,

There let me live forlorn.

(Part One)
Down, vain lights, shine you no more!

No nights are black enough for those

That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.

Light doth but shame disclose.

(Part Two)
Never may my woes be relieved,

Since pity is fled;

And tears and sights and groans my weary days

Of all joys have deprived.

(Part Three)
The love in this novel is for Tessa,

and the love in me is for her, too.

She is my little song.
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On Tuesday, October 11, 1988, the Jason Taverner Show ran thirty seconds short.
"Listen," he said, haltingly. "I'm going to tell you something and I want you to listen carefully. You belong in a prison for the criminally insane."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 067974066X, Paperback)

>On October 11 the television star Jason Taverner is so famous that 30 million viewers eagerly watch his prime-time show. On October 12 Jason Taverner is not a has-been but a never-was -- a man who has lost not only his audience but all proof of his existence. And in the claustrophobic betrayal state of Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, loss of proof is synonyms with loss of life.

Taverner races to solve the riddle of his disappearance", immerses us in a horribly plausible Philip K. Dick United States in which everyone -- from a waiflike forger of identity cards to a surgically altered pleasure -- informs on everyone else, a world in which omniscient police have something to hide. His bleakly beautiful novel bores into the deepest bedrock self and plants a stick of dynamite at its center.

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Jason Taverner is a Six, the result of top secret government experiments forty years before which produced a handful of unnaturally bright and beautiful people - and he's the prime-time idol of millions until, inexplicably, all record of him is wiped from the data banks of Earth. Suddenly he's a nobody in a police state where nobody is allowed to be a nobody. Will he ever be rich and famous again? Was he, in fact, ever rich and famous?… (more)

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