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Valis

By Philip K. Dick

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| Paperback | 9780679734468

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Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic Continue

Valis is the first book in Philip K. Dick's incomparable final trio of novels (the others being are The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer). This disorienting and bleakly funny work is about a schizophrenic hero named Horselover Fat; the hidden mysteries of Gnostic Christianity; and reality as revealed through a pink laser. Valis is a theological detective story, in which God is both a missing person and the perpetrator of the ultimate crime.

"The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years."--Ursula K. Le Guin, New Republic

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Me duermooooooooooooooooo

    Unos hablan de un libro magistral, incluso del mejor de Philip K. Dick. Yo no he podido pasar de la página 50. Insufrible, aburrido, lento. Tal vez si lo intento dentro de unos años cambie de opinión, pero ahora mismo no se lo recomiendo a nadie

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    abbanatic said on Apr 2, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Extraña e interesante

    Novela sobre todo muy extraña, compleja y desconcertante, pero que engancha. Hay una mezcla de misticismo, religión, filosofía, metafísica, locura y drogas, que a veces por su complejidad naufraga, pero enseguida recupera otra vez el tono, haciendola ...(continue)

    Novela sobre todo muy extraña, compleja y desconcertante, pero que engancha. Hay una mezcla de misticismo, religión, filosofía, metafísica, locura y drogas, que a veces por su complejidad naufraga, pero enseguida recupera otra vez el tono, haciendola una novela por lo menos interesante.
    A veces parece que no tiene sentido, el escrito de un loco o alucinado.

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    FAUSTO said on Sep 13, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Generally PKD's plots are not simple, in Valis the complexity of Dick's mind reaches its apex. Why then you should suppose that Valis in an unreadable piece of junk. Surely it is not.
    It's a very complex, intimate novel, with Philip K. Dick searching ...(continue)

    Generally PKD's plots are not simple, in Valis the complexity of Dick's mind reaches its apex. Why then you should suppose that Valis in an unreadable piece of junk. Surely it is not.
    It's a very complex, intimate novel, with Philip K. Dick searching for himself, masked as Horselover Fat. A difficult reading, that probably deserves a try.

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    Brown Jenkin said on Oct 5, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    VALIS 是 Philip K. Dick 最後三本小說之一。這裡是小說的簡介:

    A coterie of religious seekers forms to explore the revelatory visions of one Horselover Fat; a semi-autobiographical dialogue of PKD. The groups hermeneutical research leads to a rock musician's ...(continue)


    VALIS 是 Philip K. Dick 最後三本小說之一。這裡是小說的簡介:

    A coterie of religious seekers forms to explore the revelatory visions of one Horselover Fat; a semi-autobiographical dialogue of PKD. The groups hermeneutical research leads to a rock musician's estate where they confront the Messiah: a two-year old named Sophia. She confirms their suspicions that an ancient, mechanical intelligence orbiting the earth has been guiding their discoveries.

    神的安排十分奇妙。大約十年前就開始間斷地看 Philip K. Dick 的小說,2002年到墨爾本旅行時,買了幾本 PKD 的書,其中一本就是 VALIS。其餘的,好像 Dr. Bloodmoney 及 Ubik,很快就看了,就剩下 VALIS,呆在書架上五六年。拿起來看的時候,我發覺我已經是一個基督徒。

    VALIS 是什麼呢?VALIS 就是 Vast Active Living Intelligence System。我不打算跟你討論書中的內容,這內容奇特的書,最好由讀者自己去慢慢經歴。我只想說,我一面看,一面問自己,我憑什麼令人相信我所相信的是真實的、不是因為我瘋了而想像出來的呢?我又憑什麼認為,我所相信的,不是一個 Vast Active Living Intelligence System 呢?

    我以前常常想,值得看的科幻小說,總會接觸到兩個主題,分別是: Humanity 及 Reality。我們總想問:什麼是人?什麼是真實?但當我問「什麼是真實」時,我意識不到,這問題往往建基於我們所處的就是真實,被其他力量所干擾後所產生的,我們或者叫它做平衡宇宙也好,叫做第二空間也好,總之就不是我們所處的真實,只能算是第二真實。問題是,如果就像小說中的情節一樣,原來由公元一世紀到公元二十世紀,時間的流動其實是假的,那你又會覺得如何呢?當你發現自己身處的,其實原來不是真實,只是第二真實時,你還會覺得任何的一些什麼會有什麼意義呢?

    難以明白的是,我們在地上的生活,豈不其實一點也不真實嗎?只是真實事物的影兒嗎?(大家都知道 Narnia 的結局吧!)當 VALIS 中的 Christ-figure 出現在面前將事情的來龍去脈告之主角時,我們又會有什麼反應呢?

    當然,書中的情節,不是基督的類比,VALIS 中的 Christ-figure 死了但沒有復活。我只是想,每一刻,或者大家的生命其實都是一個神學探討的生命。尋求固然困難,接受原來更難。

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    Wesley Lau said on Nov 21, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Rey Felix

    Valis transforma el sentido de lo que percibimos como realidad. Mucho antes que The Matrix, Philip K. Dick (lease Amacaballo Fat) tuvo una revelación (esto es real y autobiográfico). Philip nos da a conocer el sentido de la existencia a través de es ...(continue)

    Valis transforma el sentido de lo que percibimos como realidad. Mucho antes que The Matrix, Philip K. Dick (lease Amacaballo Fat) tuvo una revelación (esto es real y autobiográfico). Philip nos da a conocer el sentido de la existencia a través de este maravilloso libro.

    Si han iniciado el largo camino para intentar comprender porque existe el mal en un mundo supuestamente regido por una deidad buena, este es un buen punto de partida.

    El Imperio nunca terminó

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    Fernando Baz said on Sep 30, 2008 | Add your feedback

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