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From the first sentence onward, you know you are not listening to an ordinary story written by an ordinary writer.
This is my first introduction to the author, Philip K. Dick, and it won't be my last. He's noted for his science fiction and this story only skirts around the edges of that genre. Things aren't what they appear and he makes you realize that the normal (the sister Fay) is more crazy than the bizarre (Jack, the brother and crap artist).
The story is a a pure pleasure to listen to. The observations on life in the 50s are cutting and fun. Self serving interest can lead to absurdities. It took me a while to realize who was the real crazy person in the story. Philip K. Dick is now on my to listen list.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I had no expectations about the author or the book. Possibly science fiction or perhaps just a comedy. It isn't either. Possibly you could say Philip K. Dick is in the same style as Kurt Vonnegut but I am not sure. I got sick of the 'he said', 'she said' but I guess that is needed. Peter Berkrot is fine narrating the book but I didn't enjoy this book and have been left a little confused by it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Shorn of the science fiction elements, the book clearly shows Dick's style of narrative, that of rapidly switching narrators, and giving each a dillusional edge. I loved each character: their self involvement, and fickle mental states, or joyless cruelty