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Philip K. Dick , Joyce Bean
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18 Oct 2011 Valis (Book 3)
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer, the final novel in the trilogy that also includes Valis and The Divine Invasion, is an anguished, learned, and very moving investigation of the paradoxes of belief. It is the story of Timothy Archer, an urbane Episcopal bishop haunted by the suicides of his son and mistress--and driven by them into a bizarre quest for the identity of Christ.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (18 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455814555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455814558
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,051,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The final work of a master of SF. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 Beautiful, haunting and endlessly fascinating 20 Aug 2003
Format:Paperback
PKD's final three books, VALIS, The Divine Invasion and, of course, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer were all greatly influenced by his breakdown/revelation in 1974. This is the final book in the sequence, and is perhaps the most beautiful of the three. Breaking away from his more traditionally SF ideals it is a story of a search for faith and meaning that manages to be both literary and gripping (the two seldom go together in my experience). PKD's philosophical powers have reach their height and it is a mark of his storytelling ability that he breaks the mould of his reputation as a pure SF writer to tell this tale.
PKD spent much of his life trying to break away from his reputation as an SF writer and write more mainstream literature. This represented his first real success and shows that - despite his depth of imagination and talent as an SF writer - he was a master storyteller and philosopher no matter the genre in which he wrote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His final masterpiece 25 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
"The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" was Philip K Dick's final work. It was published shortly after his untimely death in March 1982 from a series of strokes. It is one of his most overtly philosophical and intellectual works. It is narrated throughout by Angela Archer, unusual in Dick's work as he usually employed multiple narrators. It is a very questioning and occasionally despairing work, but ultimately life affirming. The subtlety of the plot development, the intellectual rigour of the discussions that take place, both conversational and interior monologue and most of all the wonderfully expressed character of Angela Archer make this, to me, his most rewarding work, a fact that makes his death shortly before publication all the greater loss. Philip K Dick is often cited as the main influence on the Cyberpunk movement led by William Gibson, but as this work, and titles as diverse as the inventive "Eye in the Sky" and "Martian Time Slip", the moving "Galactic Pot Healer", the complex and yet delicate "The Man in His High Castle" and the chilling yet deeply moving "A Scanner Darkly" show, there was so much more to his genius than just influence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Third Part of The VALIS Trilogy 18 Mar 2011
Format:Paperback
Bishop Timothy Archer is haunted by the suicides of his son and mistress. He must also deal with the theological and philosophical implications of the newly-discovered Gnostic Zadokite scroll fragments. These events drive him into a quest for the identity of Christ.

The character of Bishop Archer is loosely based on the controversial Episcopalian Bishop James Pike whose outspoken views on many theological and social issues made him one of the most controversial public figures of his time. In 1969 Pike died of exposure while exploring the Judean Desert near the Dead Sea in the West Bank. Dick and Pike were friends, and Pike officiated at Dick's wedding to his forth wife Nancy Hackett 1966.

Philip K Dick's thirty-fifth published novel, written in 1981 and published in 1982. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer is the third of Dick's final three novels (along with VALIS and The Divine Invasion) which are often referred to as the VALIS trilogy. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer was not originally intended as the final work of the trilogy. The final novel was originally going to be called Fawn, Look Back, then The Owl in Daylight. However, this novel had not been written by the time of Dick's death and as such, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer was substituted for the unwritten final volume. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer does however fit comfortably with the two finished volumes and Dick himself called the three novels a trilogy, saying "the three do form a trilogy constellating around a basic theme.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The final novel. But what a novel. 2 July 2003
Format:Hardcover
"The Transmigration of Timothy Archer" was Philip K Dick's final work of fiction. It was published shortly after his untimely death in March 1982 from a series of strokes. It is one of his most overtly philosophical and intellectual works. It is narrated throughout by Angela Archer, unusual in Dick's work as he usually employed multiple narrators. It is a very questioning and occasionally despairing work, but ultimately life affirming. Inspired by the life and work of Bishop James Pike, the book is far more than a fictional biography. The subtlety of the plot development, the intellectual rigour of the discussions that take place, both conversational and interior monologue and most of all the wonderfully expressed character of Angela Archer make this, to me, his most rewarding work, a fact that makes his death shortly before publication all the greater loss. Philip K Dick is often cited as the main influence on the Cyberpunk movement led by William Gibson, but as this work, and titles as diverse as the inventive "Eye in the Sky" and "Martian Time Slip", the moving "Galactic Pot Healer", the complex and yet delicate "The Man in His High Castle" and the chilling yet deeply moving "A Scanner Darkly" show, there was so much more to his genius than just influence. Get it, read it, and you will learn much, and most of all have a geniunely inspiring and enjoyable read.
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