Time Out of Joint
"Marvelous, terrifying fun, especially if you’ve ever suspected that the world is an unreal construct built solely to keep you from knowing who you really are. Which it is, of course."—Rolling Stone Ragle Gumm has a unique job: every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting... show more
"Marvelous, terrifying fun, especially if you’ve ever suspected that the world is an unreal construct built solely to keep you from knowing who you really are. Which it is, of course."—Rolling Stone Ragle Gumm has a unique job: every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town in 1959. At least, that’s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers have been disconnected, and a magazine article about a famous starlet he’s never heard of named Marilyn Monroe. Plus, everyday objects are beginning to disappear and are replaced by strips of paper with words written on them like "bowl of flowers" and "soft drink stand." When Ragle skips town to try to find the cause of these bizarre occurrences, his discovery could make him question everything he has ever known.
Publish date: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 240
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Speculative Fiction
, Time Travel
Ragle Gumm lives in a small town. He is a champion of newspaper puzzle competition. He always wins. For a while the life goes smoothly. One day hallucinations occupied his mind. He sees ghastly strange things. He also wonders why exactly it is he who always wins in the puzzle contest. His sister’s ...
I picked this book from my brother's library, while I was visiting my parents in my home town. He used to be a SF fan back in high-school, too bad he didn't have any idea what books to buy, thus Time Out of Joint seemed the most appealing novel from the stack. Being my first PKD read, I didn't know ...
Arguably, Dick's first great novel, it is a paranoid wonder of dual realities and false identity. This is the novel I would pick for someone who never read any of Phillip K. Dick's works. This is a re-read. The first time I read it was in the late 70s and I still found myself surprised in every turn...
Although many people say this book inspired the film "The Truman Show", Expect far more than that in this book. Ragle Gum is not merely another Truman Burbank. He is contained in a world of illusion not for the purposes of keeping others entertained, he has something dreadfully important to do, some...
My favorite Philip Dick novel is also (I believe) the last of his novels in which the main character finds his way out of illusion and back to reality. A man lives in suburban 1950's California which turns out to be an elaborate fake. To the modern reader the Fifties setting seems obviously fake, ...
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