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Author: Philip K. Dick
ISBN13: 978-0345260642
Title: A Scanner Darkly
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Language: English
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Publisher: Del Rey (December 1, 1977)

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick

Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Originally published by Doubleday & C. In. New York, in 1977. Excerpt from "The Other Side of the Brain: An Appositional Mind" by Joseph E. Bogen, .

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A scanner darkly Philip K. Library of Congress Control Number: 73011630. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 0385016131. On this site it is impossible to download the book, read the book online or get the contents of a book. The administration of the site is not responsible for the content of the site. The data of catalog based on open source database. All rights are reserved by their owners. Download book A scanner darkly, Philip K.

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A Scanner Darkly Quotes Showing 1-30 of 92. Everything in life is just for a while. Philip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly. I hope, for everyone's sake, the scanners do better. Because, he thought, if the scanner sees only darkly, the way I myself do, then we are cursed, cursed again and like we have been continually, and we'll wind up dead this way, knowing very little and getting that little fragment wrong too. ― Philip K. tags: a-scanner-darkly. tags: paranoia, reality. If I'd known it was harmless, I'd have killed it myself! ― Philip . .

Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928–1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall,Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. However, A Scanner Darkly is not a story going nowhere. I must say the movie stays pretty faithful to its source and the book does not disappoint.

Excerpt from The Other Side of the Brain: An Appositional Mind by Joseph E. which appeared in Bulletin of the Los Angeles Neurological Societies, Vol. 34, No. 3, July 1969.

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Philip K Dick explores the psychological horrors lurking in the shadows of sunny 70s California in his cult classic, A Scanner Darkly. Even the book's nighttime is saturated with the electric glare of strip mall lighting and the glow of the television screen. And in a society that never switches off the lights, the dark has become internal. A Scanner Darkly is about a descent into the deep fears of our 24-hour consumer society: the twilight of intellectual and emotional collapse. The darkness of insanity. Dick dissects modern insanity through the cypher of Bob Arctor. Arctor is a man on the fringes of society.

A Scanner Darkly is not Philip K. Dick’s best work but it is a deeply personal statement of the people he knew who lost themselves in the trip. Using the descriptions (and slightly antiquated dialogue of 70’s drug culture) of a surveillance heavy system, Dick explores how we are able to define ourselves and how easily that definition can be altered and obliterated. As one of the classics of science fiction literature, I highly recommend picking up this book. If you wish to see the drug culture from the drug user’s perspective, this book will serve you well as an harrowing introduction.

A haunting graphic version of one of Philip K. Dickâ?™s most popular and best-selling novels. Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D, which he also takes in massive quantities. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. What Fred doesnâ?™t know is that Substance D gradually splits the userâ?™s brain into two distinct, combative entities, and that he is, in fact, in frantic pursuit of himself. A Scanner Darkly is caustically funny and razor sharp in its depiction of drug-induced paranoia and madness; itâ?™s an industrial-strength stress test of identity as unnerving as it is riveting. The novel is captured in this brilliant graphic vision, composed entirely of stills from the movie. Writer/Director Richard Linklater shot a live-action film, starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder, and then animated over the underlying images. The result is an eerily lifelike, richly detailed animation that translates beautifully to the page.
Reviews: 7
Now I don't always dig Philip K. Dick because frankly sometimes his endings leave me frustrated and I have therefore started reading him very cautiously. Many of this well known works are just ramblings of a drug addicted and bipolar brain, which were made into great movie and TV adaptations by solid writers who corrected his flaws. However, A Scanner Darkly is not a story going nowhere. I picked up the book after watching the movie by the great Richard Linklater. I must say the movie stays pretty faithful to its source and the book does not disappoint. This is a sad but important work about drug addiction. Its semi-autobiographical, which makes it all the more relevant and haunting. Pick it up and be amazed by all the "wondrous little things" that Dick throws at you.

A word about the book quality itself. I had wanted the book with the movie cover on it (yes, I am one of those people!!) and the seller did not disappoint, some seller don't even return the book if the cover is wrong. The book itself was in a great shape and was delivered fast, sturdy packing and all!!
Simple fellow
A difficult and depressing novel about addicts, narcs who become addicts, dealers who are narcs, and users in all senses of the term. The hard part was reading from the point of view of the addled minds of the drug abusers, trying to make sense of what's objectively real and what's a hallucination or warped perception. The boring parts, for me, were the repetitions of those bizarre perceptions, the explanations by non-addicts of the biological causes of the misperceptions, and the explanations of the world by the increasingly deranged addicts. The depressing part was feeling the well-intentioned addicts crumble and the manipulation of them revealed at the end. What I don't get is why this is set in the then-future of 1994 without modifying the '60s and early '70s hippy drug culture or almost anything else except adding scramble suits and holographic scanners. The constant male valuing of women first and foremost, if not exclusively, for their sexuality also got to me.
Tyler Is Not Here
After having previously read a couple of books by Dick and enjoying them, I picked this one up and was surprised to find it really wasn't science fiction like much of his work. The only major sci-fi element is the scramble suits - special suits which undercover police wear that make them appear to others as little more than a blur. Instead, here is the story of drug addiction, showing many of the possible effects. In his afterword, Dick indicates he wanted to portray what can happen with drug addiction without judging those who become addicts. I believe he is successful.

The main character, Bob Arctor, is an undercover nark who has gotten into drugs as a result of his occupation. Almost all of the people around him are drug users. He is romantically pursuing Donna, a small time drug dealer whom he buys from. With Dick's descriptions it's easy to picture the people and the squalor in which they live. At first you feel sorry for Bob for having to live with such people; later you feel sorry for him because you find out the extent of what has happened to him. Wearing the scramble suit, he is known only as "Fred" to the officers he reports to. So with a fair amount of irony, Bob/Fred is assigned to spy on - who else? - but Bob Arctor. They received a tip from someone that Bob has gotten into some bad things, not just simply using drugs. I found one of the most interesting portions to be how Bob handles his assignment.

In many ways, the story tends to be on the depressing side much of the time. There are things to like about some of the characters though, particularly Bob and Donna. Fortunately it also includes some nice twists, the type which make you think. It is one of those books I wanted to continually read toward the end to see if my suspicions proved correct. Some were...
I loved and hated the book. I was happily surprised. To some degree the book made me think of a Kurt Vonnegut book but in other ways it stood apart from anything else I’ve read. It read pretty quickly as I basically finished it in a long day of reading.
The following will likely contain spoilers so please be warned if you haven’t yet read the book:

Following the main character’s journey from what seems to be a relatively normal (or at least slightly abnormal) place to becoming a former shell of himself was like being part of a painfully slow descent into oblivion. It was like watching the layers of who he was being peeled away like the layers of an onion. There were a few parts that were a bit difficult to follow for a short while but they soon sorted themselves out.

I cannot believe the sense of crushing emotional despair I got out of reading this book. It seemed to really reach me on a deeper level than I would have expected because I’m not an overly emotional person. This may be in part because I just finished reading it and I’m right now at a period in my life when I’m facing an incredibly depressing personal situation (certainly NOT drug-related though). Maybe it just struck the right cord. Maybe it’s because I have family and friends in law enforcement as well as some who are recovering addicts to either alcohol or drugs. Maybe it’s all and none of those reasons.

I would have like to see the ending taken a little father down the road but it is what it is.

This book certainly won’t appeal to everyone and there are some who will absolutely hate it but I’d recommend giving it a try.