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VALIS (Valis Trilogy) Paperback – October 18, 2011
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The proponent of the novel, Horselover Fat, is thrust into a theological quest when he receives communion in a burst of pink laser light. From the cancer ward of a bay area hospital to the ranch of a fraudulent charismatic religious figure who turns out to have a direct com link with God, Dick leads us down the twisted paths of Gnostic belief, mixed with his own bizarre and compelling philosophy. Truly an eye opening look at the nature of consciousness and divinity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Many people consider this to be an unreadable volume because of its surreal journey through the mind of one with some sort of severe psychosis, and of its wild switches from first to third person, not to mention the confusion with which Dick puts himself in the plot as both the protagonist and narrator, but those being two different people. Add to that a heavy dose of gnostic gospel and widely varied obscure theological elements from many cultures, and you have a book few can even understand in the first reading.
That said, I loved it. Why? Because its actually a journey of awareness through a universe where time doesn't really exist, chaos reigns because the creator is insane, and Philip K Dick has trouble keeping it together yet manages to birth an entire religious awakening at the same time.
Before reading it, please familiarize yourself with Taoism, Buddhism, Gnosticism and even Jungian Psychoanalysis as well as various creation mythologies - perhaps a little light reading in the Joseph Campbell library - then dive in and see what can happen when this is all revealed to one man in a beam of light.
- CV Rick
This book can be quite frustrating at times, with long philosophical passages that are merely a mishmash of ideas PKD had come across in his personal studies, and that lead to philosophy overload but with little direction or grand overall insight to be found. Plus you have to wonder if this book is a literal or merely mental autobiography, or not an autobiography at all but one of PKD's subversive storytelling techniques, designed to warp the reader's mind. This book is told in both first and third person by the same character, a schizophrenic with two personalities that operate simultaneously and even interact with each other (a feature of several PKD stories). Here one of the two selves is the increasingly insane Horselover Fat and the other is his sane alter ego, who happens to be the author PKD himself. Ultimately, the mass philosophical confusion of this novel morphs into sheer fascination, albeit in a pretty cluttered way.Read more ›
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Amazing mix of theology with contemporary living and Sci fi deist theory. If you appreciate all kinds of religion, like Carl Jung and are comfortable with the occasional far out... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Louise L. Montgomery
I read this book after reading The Man In the High Castle, a much earlier book of his, and I was disappointed. Read morePublished 13 days ago by G Gardiner
PKD weaves in the myths of old - Parsifal, the Arthurian Holy Grail - in a quest for the lost parts of mankind's divine self. Read morePublished 1 month ago by diverbetty
Most people won't stand reading this book. They'll roll their eyes and put it down after the esoteric second chapter. These folks are the lucky ones. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe
“VALIS” is the first book in a final—unfinished--trilogy of Philip K. Dick. The other two books of the trilogy were to be “The Divine Invasion” (finished) and an unfinished book... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bernie Gourley
The events recounted in Valis come from an experience PKD went through in 1974; a year during which I read a book called Don Juan A Yaqui Way Of Knowledge from 1968; which at the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Shantiq
I've only read a few other Philip K. Dick novels (Ubik and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch) which I was a huge fan of both books. So I decided to read Valis. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ryan