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Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick Paperback – August 30, 2005
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""Divine Invasions" is a perceptive introduction to Philip K. Dick's amazing talent. In Europe and Japan, Dick is regarded as a major American writer, without regard to genre. This new biography takes a large step toward earning Dick that same respect in his native country." -San Francisco Chronicle
"A century from now, two or three of Dick's novels are likely to be among the books by which people will understand this era and its fascination with subliminal manipulation of consciousness and the general origins and limits of consciousness... Lawrence Sutin's biography is a highly informative and fascinating attempt at establishing the fundamentals of Dick's life and work... Extremely useful... is a twenty-page chronological guide to the novels... This biography makes you like Philip K. Dick and makes you want to read his books." -Hungry Mind Review
"It is difficult to praise this book highly enough... Philip K. Dick is finally being accorded the same depth and detail as subjects far less deserving. As scholarship and research, Sutin's efforts are impeccable. As literature, the book is at once absorbing, intelligent and eminently readable... A must-read book for anyone interested in the psychology and art of this fascinating figure." -Trajectories
"An incisive, conscientious biography. Bravo." -Art Spiegelman
"The only biography I've ever read that's as exciting as a spy novel... Phil Dick's life was as weird and mysterious as any of his science fiction books." -Robert Anton Wilson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The various troubled relationships, paranoid experiences (and attitudes), drug experimentation, and transcendental experiences are discussed here in some detail. We get lots of stories from Dick's ex-wives and such discussing his writing habits and nervous behavior.
I found particularly helpful the bibliography (with plot summaries) at the end of the book. It's depressing how much of Dick's work is still out of print.
A great book on a great American writer. Anyone who wants to go further might look at IN SEARCH OF VALIS, also by Sutin.
In his search to reveal his own reality Dick describes one reality that surrounded him everyday, another reality that framed the everyday reality, and also his personal mental reality enclosing the everything, existing only in his mind that could not be shared. Paul Williams' Forward gives Sutin the ultimate testimonial, "this is the man I knew." Yet Sutin, like Paul Williams, was "too close to the subject matter," and had difficulty separating the wheat from the chaff. Whether his story is about Dick the man or about the plethora of fictive characters in Dick's works becomes clouded. What becomes clear is that Sutin did pass judgment on Dick in referring to him as "a hidden treasure of American literature." I doubt that Dick's many readers, after all, those who the tortured writer wanted to reach, would agree with this assessment.
The portrait of Sutin painted was not pretty. The author pulled no punches is showing Dick as a wife beater, adulterer, cradle robber, lech, suicide, hypochondriac, child abandoner, doper, tax evader, malingerer, fabricator and snitch. What became clear was that when a relationship no longer fueled the fires of his personal solipsistic hell, Phil moved on. But a nagging question remains: did the reader learn more about Phil K. Dick than he/she wanted to know?
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A good read, but after returning the first copy due to pages falling out of the binding, only to get a replacement with a binding that appears to be badly done, and will probably... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Chris J. Anderson
If you're a Philip K. Dick fan then I would suggest that you read this biography. It's subject, PKD, is an enlightening,detailed journey of Mr. Read morePublished 17 months ago by john k. west
This was an excellent biography of Philip K Dick to read. It was thoroughly researched and well written. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Scott C. Holstad
This book is interesting, in spite of the fact that the author is extremely biased and undependable. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by A. Conlon
PKD's fiction is like no one else's. And as maybe I should have expected, so was his life. Wow. Nevertheless, an enlightening biography. Thought provoking. Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by Verbal Drug
1989. There are several ways to go about your discovery of PKD. You can read his best novels; you can read his best stories; you can scrounge around garage sales and on-line for... Read morePublished on June 5, 2012 by M L Rudolph
Sutin must really have had his hands full here. Dick was a challenging subject, I'm sure.
This book lays out Dick's life well. It is NOT a happy story. Read more
This one is dense so I'll keep it brief. Read this about 15 years ago. Lawrence Sutin's bio is the official one, though Anne's(Dick's 3rd wife?)is a great addition. Read morePublished on October 10, 2010 by Dan Allen