17. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick

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17. The Transmigration of Timothy Archer by Philip K. Dick

Post  twunny on Thu Apr 08, 2010 9:18 pm

A very odd book. It is considered the third in the "VALIS" trilogy (PKD did not finish the actual third book in the series.) It's the story of the Episcopalian Bishop of California (Timothy Archer) who has been in the midst of controversy. He believes he is on to something that would shake Christianity to its foundations.

This was written towards the end of Philip K. Dick's life. He had take a lot of drugs and pretty much lost his mind. Most of the book is conversations between different aspects of the author's (not the narrator's) psyche. It was disturbing and saddening to read. Dick was one of the greatest literary minds of the 20th Century. If he'd had all his marbles...I shudder to think. Still, it was a pretty good (if sometimes incomprehensible) read. I'm glad I got a degree of VALIS closure. Now I can read other PKD novels.

Not particularly recommended.

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