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VALIS The first book in Philip K Dick s defining trilogy followed by The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer VALIS is a disorienting and bleakly funny novel about a schizophrenic man

  • Title: VALIS
  • Author: Philip K. Dick
  • ISBN: 9780547572413
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first book in Philip K Dick s defining trilogy followed by The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer , VALIS is a disorienting and bleakly funny novel about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat who just might also be known as Philip Dick the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity and reality as revealed through a pink laser VALIS is a thThe first book in Philip K Dick s defining trilogy followed by The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer , VALIS is a disorienting and bleakly funny novel about a schizophrenic man named Horselover Fat who just might also be known as Philip Dick 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.Taking place in the same universe as Dick s soon to be published Exegesis, VALIS is a dense novel, but one that is absolutely essential to understanding the author s off kilter worldview.

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    1. Glenn Russell on said:

      “A question we had to learn to deal with during the dope decade was, How do you break the news to someone that his brains are fried?” So says the first-person narrator in VALIS, Philip K. Dick’s autobiographical novel of spiritual odyssey, a novel where the narrator begins by laying out the major issues he must deal with as he attempts to gain a measure of sanity along with a sense of purpose and the meaning of life: drugs, a desire to help others, the pull of insanity, suicide and death, [...]

    2. Lyn on said:

      Imagine taking a walk in a bad neighborhood and sitting on a sidewalk bench. Beside you sits a disheveled homeless person with crazy eyes. Despite your best efforts the two of you strike up a conversation. Slowly, incredulously, you begin to realize that this crazy person is well read. No, this person is educated, well educated and though he goes off on wild tangents and makes seemingly ludicrous claims, his mind is a brilliantly tangled mess, a fecundity of original thought. And yet all the whi [...]

    3. Will Byrnes on said:

      I was prompted to read this after it popped up in a season 4 episode of LOST. Horselover Fat is both the narrator and a third-person character. He is our everyman through whom we are led in a contemplation of the nature of reality, god and sanity. Was Fat really the recipient of a beam of pink light that contained information from god? Or is he just a psycho who speaks both as himself and as his alter, and more real ego, Philip K. Dick? Is god reincarnated in a two year old child? Was earth once [...]

    4. Bradley on said:

      Update 5/13/17:I had to dive back into VALIS because certain tales continue to resonate with me and this one is still one of the very most important. Who knows? Maybe I am just a crazy as PKD because I'm obsessed with the perception of reality, holographic universes, the edict of "As Above, So Below", and the nature of consciousness. Or maybe I'm just a naturally curious person that happens to be heavily stimulated by PKD's intelligence, his humility, his sincerity, and his travails.Any way that [...]

    5. RandomAnthony on said:

      If someone were to make the “You seem to like Philip K. Dick, and I want to maybe give him a shot, but I don't know where to start because he's written dozens of novels” statement my instantaneous response would be, “NOT Valis!” Then I would add I've only read five or six of PKD's novels and I'm giddy with the prospect of reading further into his catalog. But no, no, don't start with Valis, or else you may never pick up another PKD book and you'd miss out on his masterpiecesD wrote Valis [...]

    6. Stuart on said:

      VALIS: Reconciling human suffering with divine purposeOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureIt’s often said that “one must suffer for one’s art.” They must have been referring to Philip K. Dick. He slaved away in relative obscurity and poverty at a typewriter for decades, churning out a prodigious flow of low-paid Ace and Berkeley paperbacks (sometimes fueled by amphetamines), went through five marriages, battled with depression, mental illness and suicide attempts, all culminating in a [...]

    7. Greg on said:

      I semi-regularly freak out over my own consistency on . What do I do about reading a novel that is contained in a book with multiple novels, what cover do I choose, what about books that I read multiple times, do I keep the original date that I read it or update it to the newest date? So many stupid things to waste my time worrying about when there are so many other stupid things I could be wasting my time worrying about. For my own peace of mind, I'll state here that I read this book first in M [...]

    8. Apatt on said:

      “Fat conceives of the universe as a living organism into which a toxic particle has come. The toxic particle, made of heavy metal, has embedded itself in the universe-organism and is poisoning it. The universe-organism dispatches a phagocyte. The phagocyte is Christ. It surrounds the toxic metal particle – the Black Iron Prison – and begins to destroy it.”Nope! No idea what that means. I haven’t a clue! And there are plenty more where that came from. A couple of years ago I made a star [...]

    9. nostalgebraist on said:

      Philip K. Dick had a series of hallucinations in 1974 which presented themselves as encounters with the divine, specifically with a gnostic version of the divine. From that point until the end of his life, his mind was the setting for an elaborate conflict between his basically rational nature and the intense, undismissable sense that he had received a true mystical epiphany. This novel is a fictionalized elaboration and exploration of that conflict, one which is faithful to the content of Dick' [...]

    10. Hadrian on said:

      A common saying is that there is a thin line between genius and insanity. PKD turns the line into a 4D hypercube and goes on at length about Gnosticism, WWII battles, history, politics, drug culture, and its still incredibly interesting. I won't pretend to judge on the nature of what happened to him, but his books are as interesting to think about as ever.

    11. Sean Wilson on said:

      "The universe is information and we are stationary in it, not three dimensional and not in space or time." Philip K. Dick, Valis

    12. Sara on said:

      I hesitate to say this book disappointed me because it actually delighted me in a number of ways - its inventive first person/third person narrative voice, its delving into Gnostic philosophy, the funereal humor especially at play among the Rhipidon Society members. Phillip K. Dick gives his readers plenty to chew on, as usual, and the pseudo-autobiographical tone is intriguing. However, in this case I found his plot on the thin side. Now, I like idea-driven novels. I require no literary equival [...]

    13. Wanda on said:

      Well, that was weird. If literature is a way for us to commune with the minds of others, I guess those others don’t necessarily need to be sane. In fact, Philip K. Dick (and his alter ego, Horselover Fat) are both pretty up front about the fact that he/they are not mentally well.Despite his mental illness and years of drug use, Dick can write! VALIS seems to be his dissertation on his mental illness and it is a pretty lucid and rational analysis of his own state. It kept me reading for 271 pag [...]

    14. Maureen on said:

      VALIS stands for vast active living intelligence system. it is also a trigger to my crazy. i am a perfect breeding ground for it: i read a lot of gnostic texts in university, and struggled against tipping points when i read the book within franny and zooey "the way of the pilgrim" and when i saw mike leigh's film, "naked" and it made me think many crazy things, like chernobyl means wormwood, and the disaster was the third trumpet. when i first read VALIS, i embraced it. i could feel it insinuati [...]

    15. Nate D on said:

      Religion is a form of schizophrenia. Consider: an attempt to make absolute sense of the world, fitting its endless random details into a coherent overall pattern. Which am I describing? It's no surprise that religious delusion figures so prominently on psychiatric wards -- they're categorically made for eachother. Beside the psychiatric ward in this novel, see also Anne Quin's The Unmapped Country, which I finished immediately before this, or pretty much any other example.As a novel, this fits r [...]

    16. Matthew on said:

      It's a well known fact that science fiction authors often do their best work when they're straying into quasi-religious territory (think Dune, Stranger in a Strange Land, etc.). It's also well known that crazy people make the best conspiracy theorists. So when Philip K. Dick, an extremely crazy, extremely talented sci-fi author writes a book about religion-as-conspiracy, it's a safe bet that some serious head-messing is about to ensue.Someone (I think it was Ursula LeGuin) once remarked that Phi [...]

    17. Amber on said:

      Yesterday I started AND finished one of PKD's most profound works. I literally could not put it down. Painful, REAL, bittersweet, funny as hell, bizarre, brilliant, utterly profound. I always find it hard to write about a PKD experience because they are all life-altering, and I truly mean that. I think most scifi folks love his work before 1974 because it's simply FANTASTIC WRITING. Everything after 1974, I believe, is for the die-hards only. For people like me, who have not only read a lot of h [...]

    18. Terence Blake on said:

      VALIS: ESTRANGEMENT vs ALIENATIONI cannot review VALIS objectively, as it is a book that belongs to no pre-existing category, combining elements of autobiography, philosophy, science-fiction, gnostic theology, psychoanalysis,and existential self-construction. Like the recently published EXEGESIS it takes its origin in the need to understand and respond to the events of February and March 1974 (which Dick called 2-3-74). He was irradiated by a brilliant pink light emanating from a Christian fish- [...]

    19. Simon on said:

      The book that profiles the author's descent into madness. He both narrates the story as himself and is also another character, "Horselover Fat", who whilst we are told he is the same person, interacts with the narrator as seperate person. Presumably indicative of PKD's own split personality disorder?I don't know how much of this we are to take as real, or at least PKD's genuine belief as to what's real, but we can either take it as the whole world being insane with messages and signs of rational [...]

    20. Lee Foust on said:

      VALIS is an intensely rational portrait of a kind of madness, of doubling, doppelgangers, and split personalities, of reality, coincidence, and paranoia, of messages, everyday life, and divine intervention. That makes the novel sound a bit better than it actually is. The narrative is an odd mix of petty, personal problems--a friend's suicide, another dying of cancer, the (well, one half of) the protagonist's marital problems--and living gnostic revelation and knowledge. I mean, was God even poss [...]

    21. Ben on said:

      I'm a PKD fan but didn't like this one at all. Yes, it has an interesting structure and the fractured POV of the protagonist/narrator is a pretty nifty device. Yes, it is semi-autobiographical and was written as a way for him to deal with what was perceived as an encounter with some higher form of life but was most likely the manifestation of a psychological breakdown. Unfortunately, much of the book is an utterly incoherent mish-mash of Dick's various philosophical ponderings from towards the e [...]

    22. Ray on said:

      What an amazing mindfuck of a book. Few are worth as many rereads as this. The pinnacle of P.K. Dick, and his most semi-autobiographical at that.You'd think it might be heavy to swallow what with all the in-depth theological themes overlapped with mental illnesses and suicide. Yet somehow it's also funny at the same time as being profound. The apparent plot doesn't really kick off until halfway through, concerning a David Bowie-esque figure meeting with our confused narrator and someone may or m [...]

    23. Sandi on said:

      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 were parts of PKD's psyche I really didn't want to see. I'm also not always enamoured of author's spiritual journeys disguised as something else even if the journey is into madness. Despite this he can s [...]

    24. Melki on said:

      I know Philip K. Dick is a revered pillar of the science fiction community, but I truly despised this book. Self-indulgent, and packed with religious claptrappery, it was a chore to read. Female characters existed solely as a source of aggravation. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, in chapter 12, the main character/author forces his son to take part in a bizarre communion rituallovely. You don't even want to know what happens to the savior/child in chapter 13. If I want to read abou [...]

    25. Derek on said:

      If you like Dan Brown, this is much better and at least as believable. If you don't like Dan Brown, well, at least this is much better Unfortunately, I grew out of the teenage existential angst over three decades ago.

    26. Giorgi Baskhajauri on said:

      ყველაზე რთულად შესაფასებელი ნაწარმოებია, ამის მიზეზი ის არის, რომ იძლევა მრავალგვარი ინტერპრეტირების საშუალებას ან საერთოდაც შეუძლებელია რაიმე სახის ინტერპრეტაცია. ერთადერთი რაც დანა [...]

    27. Alatea on said:

      It's not you, it's me.There were some good things about the book (e.g. style), but I was struggling through it in just to find out what the f**k was happening. But nah, it wasn't really worth struggling.However, I imagine that some people would find Valis highly interesting. Just not me.

    28. Hertzan Chimera on said:

      CURRENTLY RE-READING VALIS, but this was my initial (vicious, or empathy-free) review."It is about madness, pain, deception, death, obsessive delusory states of mind, cruelty, solitude, imprisonment, and it is a joy to read." quotes The Washington Post on the cover of VALIS. One can only wonder which of Philip K. Dick's books this review blurb was borrowed from. Horselover Fat (a kinky replicant of Philip K. Dick's name) is having woman trouble. He is having money trouble. He is having severe me [...]

    29. Riona on said:

      I think I would have to read this a second time to truly understand it. Or maybe this is the kind of book where you just don't "get it", that's the point. In all honesty, I had been looking forward to reading this for so long that I came away slightly underwhelmed. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did immensely, but I didn't think it was the PKD masterpiece everyone else seems to. I preferred Ubik and A Scanner Darkly. Maybe after a re-read a few years down the line my opinion will [...]

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