Friday, December 20, 2013

The Divine InvasionThe Divine Invasion by Philip K. Dick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I listened to the Audio Version of this book.  Valis One was incredibly rich, full of literary nuggets.  The Divine Invasion,  the sequel,  is an interesting adventure.I like this book more than VALIS... but both works are needed to understand the full vision and exegesis of Philip K. Dick.   His exegesis of the Church is quit funny. for example the main narrator says "I am God's legal father."   I can see where Douglas Adams may have got his ideas for the great computer and the ultimate answer of Life The Universe and Everything: 42.
This type of book requires one to let the book evolve, and not attempt to confine it within an A-B=C plot line. The reader starts out in a simple pulpy reality of melodramatic science fiction.  The melodramatic scene begins to unravel, as one ascends.   The roller coaster takes you to a realm full of  chaotic characters and scenes as imagined in Disney's Haunted House.  We turn in the dark, and descend on a roller coaster built incredibly tall.   So the descent takes us into a totally paranoid alternate
reality. By the book’s end, there is nothing trustworthy left in the world.’ said Australian critic Bruce Gillespie.
  So, if you like your plot lines straight, and easy than Philip K. Dick may upset your settled reality. If however you understand that Phillip K. Dick will throw you for a loop, one  will enjoy the confusion.The book was a tremendous journey into the lines between reality and make believe.

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