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Galactic Pot-Healer Paperback – May 31, 1994
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We might consider it odd that a job offer in a place like that should lead Joe Fernwright to his life's purpose, but this is, after all, PKD's world; the job offer does exactly that. At the start of his story, Fernwright has little else to hold onto - his ex-wife thinks he's a joke and tells him so as often as possible, the craft of ceramic repair that he loves is useless in his plastic age, his government gives him no privacy even in dreams. It's part of PKD's brilliance to give us such a character - we believe that Joe Fernwright would accept the offer in his bathroom tank, just on the off-chance that it might restore his dignity and give his life some meaning.
The search for meaning is not an uncommon theme for PKD, but "Galactic Pot-Healer" is different in the extent to which Joe Fernwright's search is conducted alone. There's community in it, to be sure; on the other hand, Fernwright begins and ends the book in isolation, an unusual state for PKD characters. It's an important one, though, because although his isolation at the end of the book saddens him, he is content.
It would be unfair to suggest that he's content with his isolation because every other character in the story drives him crazy, but any reader might be excused for saying so. Most of these beings, human and non-human alike, change their attitudes from paragraph to paragraph for no discernable reason, which can get dizzying real quick. For instance, Joe has a love interest, Mali.Read more ›
The Glimmung is a Jabba-The-Hut-like creature, weighing 40,000 pounds, living on a remote planet but being capable of physical projecting himself by unknown means to other planets where he appears to a select group of humans sometimes in the form of an albatross, sometimes in the form of a hoop of fire and a hoop of water intersected with a paisley carpet and a teenage girl's face floating in the middle. This is clearly a comic composite of Zeus and Jehovah with a heavy dash of Judeo-Christian mysticism thrown into the mix. The Glimmung bundles up his small group of artisans from Earth (including Joe Fernwright, the Pot Healer of the title who can restore antique ceremaics) to come to his home planet to raise the ruins of the ancient temple of the Fog-Things, known as Heldscala, from the ocean floor to restore the ancient way and bring peace back to the planet.Read more ›
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One of Phillip K. Dick’s most absurdist novels (and that’s saying something), Galactic Pothealer (1969) follows the adventures of Joe Fernwright, a pot healer (literally someone... Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Buzalka
One of my favorite books by him, wish the seller made it a bit cheaper though.Published 18 months ago by Quentin Jurista
Readers of Galactic Pot Healer should be certain they are either in a very good place in their lives or emotional robots. Read morePublished 23 months ago by David S. Wellhauser
I've ready pretty much all of the sci-fi novels of Philip K. Dick (and some of the mainstream ones) and I consider him a genius of transcendental ideas and speculative nightmares. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Divine Play
This is another PKD sci-fi effort that is wild, vivid, and touches on philosophical matters. It's like nothing else in the world, except for his own books. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Scott McFarland
This is a lighter read than many of Dick's, it is still sci-fi but with the emphasis strongly on the comic and surreal although not an exclusively funny novel. Read morePublished on October 20, 2012 by plot hound
Joe Fernwright is a pot-healer, a man who fixes ceramic pottery, and a man who is known to be the best at his craft. Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by B-Goody
Philip K. Dick's 24th published sci-fi novel, the whimsically titled "Galactic Pot-Healer," first saw the light of day as a Berkley Medallion paperback in June 1969, with a cover... Read morePublished on April 25, 2011 by s.ferber
My first impression of this book was from a review I read about this book (maybe on Goodreads) that said that Dick did not think much of this work of his.... Read morePublished on May 3, 2010 by Sonic elf