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Philip K. Dick , Pamela Jackson , Jonathan Lethem
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Nov 2011

Based on thousands of pages of typed and handwritten notes, journal entries, letters, and story sketches, The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick is the magnificent and imaginative final work of an author who dedicated his life to questioning the nature of reality and perception, the malleability of space and time, and the relationship between the human and the divine.

Edited and introduced by Pamela Jackson and Jonathan Lethem, this will be the definitive presentation of Dick's brilliant, and epic, final work. In The Exegesis, Dick documents his eight-year attempt to fathom what he called "2-3-74," a postmodern visionary experience of the entire universe "transformed into information." In entries that sometimes ran to hundreds of pages, Dick tried to write his way into the heart of a cosmic mystery that tested his powers of imagination and invention to the limit, adding to, revising, and discarding theory after theory, mixing in dreams and visionary experiences as they occurred, and pulling it all together in three late novels known as the VALIS trilogy.

In this abridgment, Jackson and Lethem serve as guides, taking the reader through the Exegesis and establishing connections with moments in Dick's life and work.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455837342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455837342
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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The final piece of work from one of the world's most visionary authors --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was born in Chicago but lived in California for most of his life. He went to college at Berkeley for a year, ran a record store and had his own classical-music show on a local radio station. He published his first short story, 'Beyond Lies the Wub' in 1952. Among his many fine novels are THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, TIME OUT OF JOINT, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? and FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Long Awaited Publication 26 Aug 2012
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It is great to be able, at last, to read this abridged selection from the voluminous collection of papers which constitute Dick's Exegesis. I have been a fan of Dick's work for many years and have long hoped that the Exegesis would be made available, even if in an abridged form.

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who isn't already familiar with Dick's life and work. In fact I would recommend at the least having read the biography Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick to situate and contextualize The Exegesis and Dick's major works, which are referenced throughout (Ubik; Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said; A Maze of Death; The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch; A Scanner Darkly and the "VALIS Trilogy", which essentially grew out of The Exegesis (Valis; The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer)). Other Of Dick's works are referred to (and it would be helpful to be familiar with them too) but these are the ones that appear most often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heroic Doses of Logos 10 Jun 2012
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This book is beyond words. It is astonishingly good.

I am a fan of PKD and his philosophy of life and here is the full unabridged version, around 1000 pages of every metaphysical truth (subjective, for what is truth anyhow?) there is and has ever been, all of which whizzed around PKD's mind since his awakening on 2-3-74.

The book is not a story in the conventional sense, those looking for a entertaining read on a Sunday afternoon will be missing the point. Yes, the book is entertaining, but it is more autobiographical thesis, like most of the later novels, Valis, Maze of Death, Radio Free Albemuth and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.

If you haven't read those later novels, do it, do it now! Otherwise the Exegesis will seem confused, hysterical and paranoid (staple PKD themes) If you however open your eyes, forget what you think you know, and take the time with it, you'll be rewarded with not only a vision of how the World actually is, but also experience insight into our true form, that of pure consciousness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deep, very very deep. 3 April 2012
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Firstly, this book is not going to make any sense to you at all unless you are a fan of Philip K Dick and have read his fiction works which explore the strange experiences he had in 1974 (VALIS, Radio Free Albemuth, The Divine Invasion, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). If you have read these and other books by PKD then you may find the Exegesis of interest.

This is 900 pages of small font text in which have been collected letters and other writings where PKD tries to makes sense of the 'spiritual' experience he had in 1974. There is a lot of repetition, and you are probably not going to want a sit down and try and read this from cover to cover in one hit.

The source material, by the editors own admission, is so vast that the content of this book can only give a flavour of PKD's prodigious writings on and around the subject of his gnosis.

This book will appeal to PKD fans who wish to take a peek behind the curtain. However, be aware that you are following Dorothy down the rabbit hole!
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