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The Divine Invasion Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Or at least that is the story that keeps playing in Asher's head as he is kept in a frozen state awaiting a new pancreas to replace the one that was injured in the jet crash that killed Rybys upon their return to Earth. Meanwhile, her child Emmanuel, who survived the crash but with brain damage, lives with Tate and attends a special education school with Zina, a girl who seems to know much about Emmanuel and his place in the cosmos.
Welcome to the strange, strange world of latter day Philip K. Dick. The science-fiction author, who specialized in surreal settings and complex puzzles concerning identity, questioned the cosmos as only he could in his final trio of novels of which the Divine Invasion is the middle entry. The novels were inspired by an instance in 1974 in which Dick alleged that a transcendental being briefly possessed him.
For a project inspired by such an absurd episode, the Divine Invasion has a tight, highly coherent theological underlining. Dick shows a remarkable understanding of Gnostic principles, with Asher, Fox, Rybys, Tate, Emmanuel, and Zina each representing an important component of the Christian cosmic order.Read more ›
I suspect that the average reader of novels - even literary novels - would be surprised by some of the background material that Philip Dick weaves into his stories. In fact, I'm surprised myself when I realise I'm deep in some theological arguments that were probably 'lifted' from some research source and then brought to life in such an engaging way.
In this novel you, like I, might be confronted for the first time by a really tangible God, something drawn together from the ideas of generations and generations of philosophers.
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don't read the synopsis or any of the reviews for PKD, they're usually penned by hapless misanthropes. this series of books isn't something you can shown'tell like that. Read morePublished 4 months ago by monad
PKD is the geatest theologian, philosopher, and sci-fi of the modern era.Published 4 months ago by Steven J. Katz
One of Philip Dick's finest ! By the time one reaches the end of the book , you will not be able to separate fact from fiction !Published 6 months ago by Edward
Philip K. Dick (PKD) presents a more coherent story here than in VALIS, the first book of the "trilogy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark F. Hoemmen
This is one of Dick's best books. It has a serious religious theme. It is, perhaps, the first book about religion that I have enjoyed reading. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bearclawthedonut
interested in philosophy, theosophy, psychology and psychedelic contemplation. PKD will lead you through a universe that will illuminate aspects of all sides of the puzzle we take... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cheryl S.