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A Scanner Darkly (1977)
by Philip K. Dick
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I have a copy of this on my phone and I've been reading it occasionally. It's hard to get into, but maybe that's just because I'm reading it on a fucking phone.
Actually didn't finish it since I couldn't get into the story or characters. I had hoped it would be similar to "Limitless" due to substance D, but it was far from it and the narrative was too choppy for me.
PKD books are weird, but this is weirder than most.
.Dick is a terrible writer. I would have given this book one star if I hadn’t found out it’s based on his real life experience as an addict (his afterword should be a foreword). Knowing that this is all real experiences of druggies makes the book a bit more interesting. Nonetheless, as the main character points out, who wants to listen to the drivel of these people droning on about nothing? And that’s mostly what Dick serves up, which makes the book mostly boring, not moving. The ultimate druggy paranoid ending serves the basis of making the movie interesting. In general, these small freaky gems found in his books, were taken by directors and turned into interesting movies which give Dick an undeserved reputation as a visionary.
Einer der eigenständigsten amerikanischen Autoren ..., der das meiste der europäischen Avantgarde wie Nabelschau in einer Sackgasse erscheinen läßt.
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Five Novels of the 1960s & 70s: Martian Time-Slip / Dr. Bloodmoney / Now Wait for Last Year / Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said / A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
The Philip K. Dick Collection by Philip K. Dick (indirect)
Counterfeit Unrealities (contains Ubik, A Scanner Darkly, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep [aka Blade Runner], The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch) by Philip K. Dick
Five Great Novels: "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep", "Martian Time Slip", "Ubik", "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch", "A Scanner Darkly" (GollanczF.) by Philip K. Dick
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Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D--which Arctor takes in massive doses--gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself. Caustically funny, eerily accurate in its depiction of junkies, scam artists, and the walking brain-dead, Philip K. Dick's industrial-grade stress test of identity is as unnerving as it is enthralling.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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Probably an accurate depiction of a drugged up/”high” addict's perception of the world... too well simulated to be comprehensible or enjoyable for a ”straight” like me.
The undercover part is better described and touches some well-thought issues most writers would miss (for example the agent has to also denounce himself constantly), but is not developed as much as I hoped. So is the philosophy (”Who am I, actually?”) - good but not developed at its full potential.
The fact that I had seen the film and already knew the ending and twist did not help at all, either. By the way, I enjoyed the film way more and recommend it. ( )