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Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said (1974)

by Philip K. Dick

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This one feels like it's in the same world at A Scanner Darkly (Is it meant to be? I should look that up...), and that's a good thing, as I enjoyed both of them quite a bit. Certainly not a happy read, either one, but well written and cleverly done. ( )
  electrascaife | Aug 15, 2017 |
This book has the greatest title of all time, and its premise is promising enough, but on the whole I didn't find it compelling reading. The book posits that America's most popular television personality finds that all recognition of him has disappeared overnight. He encounters many armchair ontologists who attribute this variously to him either being delusional or under the influence of narcotics either before or after this transformation. And then he finds that the police have become interested in him, for reasons which were never clear to me, though perhaps that's the point. The author's reveal, fueled by a load of pseudo-scientific mumbo-jumbo, was lost on me, but the basic misfire here is that the antagonist is more interesting and likable than the protagonist, and the stream of minor characters, mostly female, who drop in along the way for a chapter or two, are more interesting by far than either. Add in that the book is set in the far future of 1988 and that Dick's attempt at futuristic dialogue struck me as sounding a lot like Saturday Night Live's "Wild and Crazy Guys" of the seventies, and for me, the problems swamped the book's undoubted merits. ( )
1 vote Big_Bang_Gorilla | Jul 22, 2017 |
Jason Taverner, realizator al unei foarte populare emisiuni de televiziune, se trezeste intr-o buna zi ca nimeni, nici macar baza de date a guvernului totalitar, nu stie cine e. Intr-o societate in care lipsa identificarii este o infractiune, nu are de ales. Trebuie sa porneasca intr-o cursa nebuna, in care intalneste politisti necurati si dealeri de droguri experimentale. Oare ei stiu mai mult decat arata? Oare cum poate disparea identitatea unui om peste noapte?

„Curgeti, lacrimile mele, zise politistul este, in cele din urma, un roman profund uman, care analizeaza rolurile pe care viata ne cere sa le jucam si felul in care ele mai mult ne impiedica decat ne impulsioneaza dezvoltarea si capacitatea de a comunica substantial unul cu celalalt.”
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„Philip K. Dick exploreaza abil urmarile psihologice ale unui cosmar.”
The New York Times Review of Books
  thebblack | Jun 23, 2017 |
Bücher von Phil zu lesen bedeutet jedesmal fast den Verstand zu verlieren. ( )
  ufkls | Jun 20, 2017 |
Oh, deeply weird. I really liked it. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 9, 2017 |
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Philip K. Dickprimary authorall editionscalculated
Berni, OlivieroCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nagula, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Osterwalder, UteCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ulrich, HansCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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>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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:16 -0400)

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Classics. Science fiction. 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 is a man with no identity, in a police state where everyone is closely monitored. Can he ever be rich and famous again? Or are those memories just an illusion?… (more)

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