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Philip K. Dick , Luke Daniels
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18 Oct 2011
When businessman Palmer Eldritch returned from a distant galaxy, he brought a gift for mankind - a drug capable of transporting people into an illusory world. For the colonists living out their term on Mars, here was the ultimate trip. But in return, Eldritch exacted a terrible price. From the author of DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (18 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455840386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455840380
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Philip K Dick's Best 9 Mar 2011
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"In the overcrowded world and cramped space colonies of the late 21st century, tedium can be endured through the use of the drug Can-D, which enables the user to inhabit a shared illusory world. When industrialist Palmer Eldritch returns from an interstellar trip, he brings with him a new drug, Chew-Z, which is far more potent than Can-D, but threatens to plunge the world into a permanent state of drugged illusion controlled by the mysterious Eldritch."
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Written in 1964 and published the following year, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (Philip K Dick's sixteenth published novel), deals with a number of the themes that dominate his work (pre-cognition, the nature of reality, drugs etc..). As with all PKD's works this novel is packed with ideas that make you marvel at his imagination but also (if you are of a philosophical turn of mind) bring you to question and consider the themes he raises for yourself. PKD also creates characters that I at least find believable. As Ursula Le Guin has said "There are no heroes in Dick's books, but there are heroics. One is reminded of Dickens: what counts is the honesty, constancy, kindness and patience of ordinary people." PKD's characters always strike me as in some way authentic.

The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1965.

"I am afraid of that book [The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch]; it deals with absolute evil, and I wrote it during a great crisis in my religious beliefs. I decided to write a novel dealing with absolute evil as personified in the form of a "human." When the galleys came from Doubleday I couldn't correct them because I could not bear to read the text, and this is still true.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi-Layered and Rich in Content 9 Jun 2011
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Firstly, this book is easy to pick up and read. Some reviewers suggest that you should try other works first, but I don't see why this should be the case. The story is quite involving and complex (as an idea), but the actual writing style and explanation is clear and very well described. Eldritch is coming back to earth and quite what he has with him, and whether he is still human is up for debate.

As you read this book, you almost go through all of the deadly sins and their impact on human life - someone is trying to upgrade their beauty or their intelligence (vanity), a co-worker is trying to take your job (envy), the boss is sleeping with the consultant (lust) - Dick plays out the story against a backdrop of impending doom, with the present-day prophet of the universe about to set up a new world based on his own self, a self that is alien, obnoxious, and without a true soul. The interesting twist to the story is the fact that we are all a part of this monstrosity, and perhaps Dick was ultimately trying to lay out the process by which the mind loses itself. I read somewhere that Dick could never actually read this story again, and never checked the final draft as it scared him.

For such a doom-laden book, it is remarkably upbeat, and the central figures have a lot to like in them, and a distinct sense of purpose even in the most trying of times. Towards the end the fight against Eldritch mounts, and the all-knowing nature of the new god is put into question. Everything is a question with Dick, and all is never lost.

This is classic sci-fi, and highly recommendable.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eldritch by name 31 July 2010
One of the finest of Dick's 1960s works, "Palmer Eldritch" is a book brimful of superb ideas. Some are bitingly satirical (future colonists will relieve the excruciating boredom of their lives by entering the ideal world of Ken and Barbie analogue Perky Pat, making dolls and doll accessories the most prized items in the solar system). Some are sad (humans undergo a cosmetic process to accelerate their evolution, but sometimes the process goes awry). And some are just plain terrifying, particularly those ideas surrounding the evil messiah Palmer Eldritch, who returns from Proxima Centauri with a divine sacrament that just might grant eternal life.

Unlikely ever to be filmed, (though John Lennon and Timothy Leary reputedly tried to secure the rights), and unlikely to appeal to hardcore sci-fi fans on account of its playful treatment of religious themes, "Stigmata" is nonetheless a brilliant, thoughtful novel about the slippery nature of reality and the untrustworthiness of those who claim to be experts on the subject. The fact that it's so often overlooked is understandable, but for those who can be bothered it will more than reward your patience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perky Pat , drugs and hallucinations 27 Sep 2002
Stigmata deals with a number of Dick's themes: identidy, what is reality, drugs. I read this book a couple of years ago, and I bought it for about 80 pence in a second hand book stall. It was one of the best investments I've ever made. The pages that deal with the Perky Pat playsets are particularly memorable , revealing Dick to be a thoughtful , witty writer.
In a nutshell, buy it, borrow it , steal it...just do what you have to do to read it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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How can you describe a book of such brilliantly imaginative genius that it can't rellay be brought to life in words?If a book is so fantastic that it can't be conveyed in ordinary language,that this must be it.Like most of Dick's stuff is non-generic in nature and could appeal to a wide audience.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look forward to the film
Working my way through PKDs novels. This is another one when I'm on to google afterwards to find an explanation for some of the less straightforward parts of the book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Lord Agrostis
4.0 out of 5 stars P.K. Dick does it again. Messes with your head
I really enjoyed this. I liked the complex fast moving plot. It's the future, of course or A future, if you like, on a dangerously warming Earth or Terra. Read more
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This is even better than Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, and that is saying something. My all time favourite book of all time. Dazzlingly brilliant.
Published 3 months ago by Anyanka
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I was expecting
Only just discovered Dick and have already read Electric Sheep and Ubik. Palmer Eldritch had gotten great reviews, butI' m a little disappointed. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Meltingly Strange
My brain melted upon finishing the end of this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I would recommend anyone else, but Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
Three times in a row I was sent the wrong edition of this book, even after explaining that both editions have the same ISBN number and asking to not send me the new one. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Hadzhitodorov
5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Feat
This book is set in a future where Earth is too hot for the inhabitants and people are (rather dubiously) having to 'evolve' to be trendy and seen as important and score business... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rhianna Knapp
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A classic that all Sci Fi lovers should read.
Well, written and still very much up to date.
Needs a bit of concentration though.
Published 13 months ago by Maggie
3.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre
Weird. Strange. These are the words that describe this book to me most. So, I had to go on the net to figure out if Philip had written about a LSD trip he'd had or whether the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by humanitysdarkerside
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic
i think this is the best novel by Dick, covering the issues of environment, consumism, psychosis and alienation from a world based on money.
Published 15 months ago by Gigi
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