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Philip Kindred Dick's non-SF (like his SF) works are hit or miss. They're either masterpieces or unreadable. This one is of the former group. In typical Dickian fashion, "Teeth" opens by introducing a small cast of Everyman characters with rather mundane lives. The beginning is quite humorous. But again, like most of his works, as the story develops it morphs in stages from light humor to social commentary to desperation. It is a shame that his straight fiction went unpublished during his lifetime. But in the case of "Teeth", and especially considering when this was written (before H. Lee's "Mockingbird") and the subject matter, I can see why a publisher might've been very afraid of this book.
This is the best TC Boyle story that TC Boyle never wrote.
Phil Gigante gives a particularly good performance as narrator.
Overall, I highly recommend this one. I very rarely give five stars. And until now, I've never written a comment.
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