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The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (Valis Trilogy) Paperback – October 18, 2011
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Although this novel is usually billed as part of a trilogy or series, its sole connection with "VALIS" and "Divine Invasion" is that the story has a religious theme. Otherwise there is no connection.
I adore this book; it is simply one of my favourite PKD books. It is about love, empathy, and death. It is part biography of Bishop Pike, but more than that it is a profound study of life and death. The main character, Angel Archer, is one of PKD's best, and truly the best woman ever to inhabit a PKD novel. We have Ursula Le Guin to thank, and least in part, for that.
This book is almost completely dialogue, both interior and exterior. The plot means little; it is a cover for the real issues at hand. This is not a biography. The biographical material provides the plot, but this is not where the heart of the novel lies. The best aspect of TTA is the characters: Archer Archer especially, but also Edgar Barefoot. Each character in this book is real, not in the sense that they exist in the real world, but in the sense that they are really real characters (I know this sounds awkward.)
It is a book about sadness and pain, but in the end it is about love. Not love as in romantic love, but abstract love, love and understanding for all things. PKD was a truly good-hearted man, and this is the greatest testament to him.
Some real life events that led Pike to write his book The Other Side are outlined in PKD's book from his own perspective. This was supposed to be PKD's big mainstream novel, his breakthrough to the other side, but only he would decline Greek nouns in a "mainstream" novel, or claim that Jesus never existed and was a code-name for psychedelic mushrooms designed to throw the man, the Romans, off the track (he doesn't even have the good grace to call it "manna" but insists on some Hebrew verb for "I am"...). PKD writes from a woman narrator's perspective throughout, which makes it even more interesting.
The central problem in the book revolves around transmigration really, or reincarnation as it is more commonly called, and deals with the unknowability factor. It mercifully allows the reader to draw his or her own conclusions, just as life does. In terms of style it almost achieves a kind of perfection all its own, a polishedness that gleams the way a well-used doorknob might, the thoughts of a man used to dealing with metaphysical happenings on an everyday basis. I highly recommend it.
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One of Dick's last works, it's honestly not for everyone, but fans will find some great insights into PKD's life, beliefs, and mental struggles.Published 5 months ago by J. Bloom
This last novel of Philip K Dick is deep, suspenseful, and fun. Lots of little quirks and down home even though and maybe because it takes place mostly in Berkely, CA. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G
PKD is an astounding author. The VALIS trilogy is an astounding blend of science, philosophy, and religion, mixed together with whatever substances that PKD was imbibing at the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph Scamman
For fans of Phil Dick and probably few else, but it still stands out from the rest of his catalog.Published 12 months ago by J. Douglass
The final novel by PKD; it appears to be his most mature work. An excellent read. Not a cliff-hanging pager-turner like Ubik, but neither as tedious as VALIS.Published 19 months ago by Bernard Metro
Este libro fue agregado como parte de la trilogía, luego del fallecimiento del autor. Si bien, los temas generales, son similares, es importante para el lector acercarse al... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Pablo Quintela