Book - 1991-12-01
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Philip K. Dick's searing metaphysical comedy of death and salvation is a tour de force of panoramic menace and unfettered slapstick, in which the departed give business advice, shop for their next incarnation, and run the continual risk of dying yet again.
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN: 9780679736646


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Jul 01, 2016

This is one of Philip K Dick's best novels regarding perceiving what we think is real. Elements of previous novels show up here but are reworked in an ingenious way. As others have said, this one is hard to put down.

hencarnacion Jan 19, 2015

First PKD book I read. Looking to read another one.

Jun 03, 2014

An absolute joy to read - the definition of a page turner. Seeing as there exists quite a body of work from Philip K Dick, this would be a perfect place to start for newer fans of the author. For those that have read the novel - i believe there is a film adaptation in the works from director Michel Gondry.

theorbys Jun 19, 2012

One of Dick's great themes, and his final one, is not just what is real, but what is reality and necessarily what that means to human being (including dying). Dick is more asking himself questions in Ubik than providing answers, as such answers can not be given very well in an arbitrarily made up science fiction context, and this novel firmly takes place in just such a made up, and brilliantly made up, world. Dick is on to hyperreality and the idea that you can't get out of it, even if you figure it out, it is just another in a set of Chinese boxes and all you can do is start trying to figure out the next one (and knowing that doesn't help either if you want to live a life.). Ubik is one of Dick's many best works.

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