Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic... show more
Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. Valis is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime."The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years."--Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic
Publish date: August 3rd 2004
Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages no: 242
Edition language: English
Series: VALIS Trilogy (#1)
Is Phil Dick talking about regressing back to former time periods, or the much more radical notion of previous structures existing in the sub-strata of reality and emanating forward, like the notion of ancient Rome, a proto-fascist state, The Black Iron Prison of VALIS, falling forward through histo...
First of all, I don't really think that VALIS is a science fiction novel, although I'm not really sure what VALIS is.Phillip K. Dick apparently had some sort of mystical experience in 1974, he also did a lot of drugs and suffered from mental illness. VALIS is an autobiographical account of all that...
I just could not get into it. It felt just like [b:A Scanner Darkly|14817|A Scanner Darkly|Philip K. Dick|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348590465s/14817.jpg|1527439] only not as interesting and characters not as likeable. There's only so much annoying and unlikeable drug addicted characters full of ...
This book has everything except plot. I still love the fraking hell out of it. As a mind experiment gone horribly, horribly awry, I felt myself slipping into PKD's mindset and taking every point seriously, as you could just tell that he was. It felt like the ramblings of a man who had gone through s...
You can see that Horselover Fat is based on PKD himself within the first few lines which gave me a lot of hope for this book as he did some of his best writing when he was out of his head. I can pretty much say I was let down. I don't mind a difficult read but this was painful at times and there wer...