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A Maze of Death Paperback – April 16, 2013
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It occurs to me, reading Dick's novels sporadically over the past few years, that the man wasn't so much out of his mind (well, maybe in his last years, but his last novel is surprisingly coherent and touching considering it was written by a man who was "nuts") as constantly aware of the questions we sometimes ask about existence. Questions such as "what is life?", "what is death?", "what is the nature of God and reality and how do they relate?" . . . most of the time if we consider these things it's only for a second because the potential answers are so harrowing that nobody really wants to deal with them. Dick looked those questions straight in the face and didn't flinch, for better or for worse, because sometimes when you ask the hard questions, you may find that the answers aren't very pleasant.
"Maze of Death" feels like the extrapolation of one of those questions, a gently brutal way of leading you to the conclusion that the Universe is very much not on your side and if God does exist the best you can hope for is that he just doesn't care, because otherwise it means he really dislikes you. It's not a book that delivers a grand shock that will rock you to the core as much as instill a quietly creeping unsettling feeling that maybe the book is right: we're all living in a reality we've created and unfortunately we've created a reality in which we're all doomed and there's nothing anyone can do about it, as the only options are suffering until you die or just getting it over with fast. And neither option is all that good.Read more ›
While many authors have expanded on themes in this story, written in 1970, I don't think that anyone's improved on his presentation of them. Read it with your mind open to all possibilities.
Nevertheless, as others have said, Maze is possibly the fastest PKD read you will encounter. I have read this book but once, and I was astounded at the time. I rate this extremely highly as a work of fiction, although I suspect that further reading will confirm what others have said - that is that the soul is not there, Dick no longer believes in what he is writing.
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Never go wrong with Philip k dick. Awesome story eleven more words for this review, five four three two onePublished 7 days ago by Jeeranon
Maze of Death depicts a hellish, morbid, diabolical world of hopelessness. Toward the end I was shaking with dread, if such a thing is possible. Read morePublished 1 month ago by diverbetty
Philip K Dick proves once again why he was brilliant with this novel. Is there a real God? Is there a real me? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fantasyfan
A Maze of Death (1970) may be Phillip K. Dick’s most cohesive novel to this point in his career. Unlike most earlier Dick productions, there is no real extraneous material, no... Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Buzalka
It shouldn't work, this. It gives every indication of being slapped together with no planning, the characters are opaquely written, the set-up is both contrived and confusing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Morris
I never really cared about the characters and the book moves pretty fast. I also feel like it never really lives up to the alluring title. Idk, not PKD's best.Published 7 months ago by Douglas Larry Booze
This is Dick's most violent novel, I had a bit of a hard time with all the violence although it's well written and captivating. Read morePublished 9 months ago by melody lover