By Philip K. Dick
“Dick is Thoreau plus the demise of the yankee dream.”—Roberto Bolaño
Bob Arctor is a junkie and a drug broker, either utilizing and promoting the mind-altering Substance D. Fred is a legislations enforcement agent, tasked with bringing Bob down. It appears like a typical case. the single challenge is that Bob and Fred are a similar individual. Substance D doesn’t simply adjust the brain, it splits it in , and neither aspect understands what the opposite is doing or that it even exists. Now, either side are becoming more and more paranoid as Bob attempts to avoid Fred whereas Fred attempts to stay clear of his suspicious bosses.
In this award-winning novel, associates can turn into enemies, strong journeys can flip terrifying, and law enforcement officials and criminals are facets of an analogous coin. Dick is at turns caustically humorous and somberly contemplative, fashioning a unique that's as unnerving because it is captivating.
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Arctor may well finish up inside of looking, for that; it’s God’s mercy that nutty Carl didn’t visit the D. A. already. most likely his candy previous sister restricted him. Arctor, he made up our minds, larger get his ass in apparatus; he’s performed a number of dingey issues himself I didn’t learn about before. Barris isn’t the one one or maybe even the first one. For something, there's nonetheless to be defined the reason for Barris’s excessive, concerted malice towards Arctor; a guy doesn’t set out over a protracted time period to burn a person for no cause. And Barris isn’t attempting to burn anyone else, no longer, say, Luckman or Charles Freck or Donna Hawthorne; he helped get Jerry Fabin to the federal sanatorium greater than someone else, and he’s sort to all of the animals in the home. One time Arctor were going to ship one of many canine— what the hell used to be the little black one’s identify, Popo or anything? —to the pound to be destroyed, she couldn’t learn, and Barris had spent hours, actually days, with Popo, lightly education her and conversing together with her till she calmed down and will be taught and so didn’t need to pass be snuffed. If Barris had common malice towards all, he wouldn’t do numbers, sturdy numbers, like that. “Yellow Cab,” the telephone acknowledged. He gave the handle of the Shell station. And if Carl the locksmith had pegged Arctor as a heavy doper, he contemplated as he lounged round moodily watching for the cab, it isn’t Barris’s fault; while Carl must’ve pulled up in his truck at five A. M. to make a key for Arctor’s Olds, Arctor most likely used to be jogging on Jell-O sidewalks and up partitions and batting off fisheyes and each different form of reliable dope-trip factor. Carl drew his conclusions then. As Carl floor the recent key, Arctor most likely floated round the wrong way up or bounced approximately on his head, speaking sideways. No ask yourself Carl had now not been amused. actually, he speculated, possibly Barris is attempting to hide up for Arctor’s expanding fuckups. Arctor isn't any longer retaining his motor vehicle in secure , as he as soon as did, he’s been putting paper, no longer intentionally yet simply because his goddamn mind is slushed from dope. yet, if whatever, that’s worse. Barris is doing what he can; that’s achieveable. simply, his mind, too, is slushed. All their brains are … Dem Wurme gleich’ ich, der den Staub durchwühlt, Den, me er sich im Staube nährend lebt, Des Wandrers Tritt vernichtet and begräbt. … slushed and jointly interacting in a slushed means. It’s the slushed major the slushed. And correct into doom. probably, he conjectured, Arctor minimize the wires and bent the wires and created the entire shorts in his cephscope. in the midst of the evening. yet for what cause? that may be a tricky one: why? yet with slushed brains whatever used to be attainable, any number of twisted—like the wires themselves—motives. He’d obvious it, in the course of his undercover law-enforcement paintings, many, many, instances. This tragedy used to be now not new to him; this could be, of their laptop records, only one extra case. This used to be the part prior to the adventure to the federal sanatorium, as with Jerry Fabin. a lot of these men walked one video game board, stood now in numerous squares quite a few distances from the target, and might achieve it at a number of instances.