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The Literary Equivalent of Taking Acid,
This review is from: Ubik (S.F. MASTERWORKS) (Kindle Edition)
Where to start with such a fine book? Containing so many thought provoking ideas in a frenetic style of dark often laugh out loud comedy and philosophical (refreshing inventive an original) insight. Evokes aspects of the human condition - tragedy,humour,fear,loneliness, death - though not necessarily 'love' , which in my view serves to emphasise the loneliness of the characters in PK DIck's world.
PK Dick's book is the literary equivalent of taking acid.
Insight is gained and the experience profound but what does it all mean? What is real? All answers are at the finger tips but always beyond grasp.
The style is pulpy but do not be mislead - this is deliberate. PK Dick is an incredible intellect and fully deserves recognisiton as a Science Fiction Great.
Revealing too much of the plot is a mistake and would always fail to take into account the intricacies.The book has to be 'experienced' - characters appear wooden but this adds to the 'what is real' effect. Go with the ideas, go with the trip and if you can consume in one sitting and let yourself be lost in the world. If you do you will be rewarded by a remarkable intellect and a terrific story. Keep with it.
One of PK Dick's best novels - best place to start? Not sure- maybe try the mega pack kindle edition of short stories at 34p and see if you are ready for more. UBIK though deserves 5 stars.