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A Scanner Darkly My favorite PKD books tend to be those published in the 60s when he was writing wacky fun reality warping sci fi like Ubik, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep etc Of his 70s books that I have read Flow My Tears the Policeman Said is my favorite, whereas VALIS I could not as yet finish I think the later PKD novels tend to beserious and introspective though the weirdness is always present A Scanner Darkly is one of his early 70s books and I find it My favorite PKD books tend to be those published in the 60s when he was writing wacky fun reality warping sci fi like Ubik, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep etc Of his 70s books that I have read Flow My Tears the Policeman Said is my favorite, whereas VALIS I could not as yet finish I think the later PKD novels tend to beserious and introspective though the weirdness is always present A Scanner Darkly is one of his early 70s books and I find itgrounded than his earlier books, less insane and a little less fun to read It is also semi autobiographical andmelancholy than his other books that I have read Set in the near future of 1992 it was the future at the time in a grubby, dystopian California where the general standard of living appears to be very poor and drug addicts possibly outnumber the non addicts The novel is mostly centered on Bob Arctor, an undercover narcotics officer who lives among three addicts in a rented house and has a girlfriend who is a small time pusher Bob s cover is of course as another addict and his mission is basically to glean enough info form his junkie friends and his girlfriend to locate and arrest the producers of a powerful and popular drug called Substance D The trouble is Bob is too deep under cover and has become an addict himself, consuming copious amount of this drug which messes up his head to the extent that he begins to have an identity crisis and lose his capacity for clear thoughts As a police agent, Bob goes under the name Fred and always wear a Scramble Suit which prevent people from remembering his appearance so his true identity is known only to himself This novel readslike a thriller or drama about drug abuse than science fiction The sci fi elements like the scrambled suit and holographic photos seem to have been shoehorn in to make the novel legitimately sci fi, because for some reason Dick did not want the book published as a mainstream book, possibly because sci fi is his comfort zone or to avoid alienating his regular readers just my conjecture.Fans of PKD s weird goings on will find enough to please themselves here I think There are even some hilarious moments in the book such as the bizarre story of a motorized man shaped block of hash told by one of the junkies.Dick is often criticized for writing inelegant prose, I never notice this myself as I have always liked his uncluttered prose, the right tool for the right job of telling his bizarre stories Flowery or lyrical narrative style seems to be very unsuitable for his material That said A Scanner Darkly seems to bewell written than his books from the 60s on the other hand there is muchswearing in this book than I can remember from his earlier books There is also a little bit of romance, considerable compassion, kindness, and sadness Elements I do not usually associate with PKD s works The saddest part of the book is actually the author s Afterward at the end of the book.I would recommend reading this novel then watch the 2006 faithful movie adaptation for maximum appreciation Not my favorite PKD as there are dull patches here and there but overall a very worthwhile read and one of hisimportant novels.And now a mini review of A Scanner Darkly, 2006 movieIt is a good movie with a unique look and good performances by the actors However, I wish the filmmaker Richard Linklater has shot the movie conventionally instead of employing the interpolated rotoscope technology to make the movie look like animation On the plus side, the movie does look suitably surreal, like junkie s drug addled perspective Unfortunately, the animated look puts an additional layer between the actors and the audience and causes an emotional disconnection Be happy NOW, for tomorrow I will be writing Take the cash and let the credit GOI ll write MY review tomorrow Let US all be happy And play AGAIN.ToMORROW So, I wrote a review I was really proud of today during lunch Four or five paragraphs I liked it a lot So, I was rather disheartened when my computer froze and I had to do a hard boot to unfreeze it Lost everything but the vague outlines of what I wrote Even those vague outlines seem difficult to grasp right now I m kinda demoraliz Be happy NOW, for tomorrow I will be writing Take the cash and let the credit GOI ll write MY review tomorrow Let US all be happy And play AGAIN.ToMORROW So, I wrote a review I was really proud of today during lunch Four or five paragraphs I liked it a lot So, I was rather disheartened when my computer froze and I had to do a hard boot to unfreeze it Lost everything but the vague outlines of what I wrote Even those vague outlines seem difficult to grasp right now I m kinda demoralized Alas, I can probably make some bridge to how THIS loss MY loss of datathis unrecoverable reviewthis remorse over the ebbs of life dovetails quite nicely with some of the themes of A Scanner Darkly But right now I just don t care I m still pissed about the loss and have a hard time seeing through the glass at all So, I m going to give review resurrection a shot A Scanner Darkly fits well on the addiction drug alcoholism as literature shelf It needs no subsidy to sit next to Infinite Jest, Tender Is the Night, Under the Volcano, Less Than Zero, Naked Lunch, On the Road and the rest This list is basically unending.It seems like all novels about drug abuse, alcohol addiction, etc.., almost inevitably become a form of science fiction They surf those disjointed, dream like spaces seducing man from the first time he got buzzed from eating, drinking, or smoking something deliriant These dope trips aren t rational, they aren t lucid, etc., but they still have a certain narrative coherence It is like science fiction was created in the beginning by some belladonna infused deity and formed into a perfect literary template to explain capture all the paranoia and weirdness of the trips highs and lows.It is impossible to read a novel about addiction without recognizing the author s fingerprints all over it These novels are all memoirs of sorts Their pages holdtruth than the Library of Congress They are funky road trips through hell and PKD is the perfect acid artist for this vicious trip As I read A Scanner Darkly , I was haunted by the open wounds in the dialogue, the festering beauty of his prose These weren t scenes created ex nihilo These pages all resonate like some haunted Totentanz They chill like a Vanitas dream you can t quite escape I can t remember what I wrote The words, the melody, even the beat of what was once alive is now dead and waiting for a trippy resurrection Substance D Is Not Known As Death For Nothing It Is The Most Toxic Drug Ever To Find Its Way On To The Streets Of LA It Destroys The Links Between The Brain S Two Hemispheres, Causing, First, Disorientation And Then Complete And Irreversible Brain DamageThe Undercover Narcotics Agent Who Calls Himself Bob Arctor Is Desperate To Discover The Ultimate Source Of Supply But To Find Any Kind Of Lead He Has To Pose As A User And, Inevitably, Without Realising What Is Happening, Arctor Is Soon As Addicted As The Junkies He Works Among I have seen myself backward Philip K Dick, A Scanner DarklyA Scanner Darkly Philip K Dick s searing, hyperrealist tale of a specific time late 1960s , a specific place California , and a specific mentality seek maximum happiness now since tomorrow you might die set in 1994, enough in the near future for the author to inject massive doses of his signature wild imagination into the mix As most readers will know, director Richard Linklater employed distinctive digital technology and an I have seen myself backward Philip K Dick, A Scanner DarklyA Scanner Darkly Philip K Dick s searing, hyperrealist tale of a specific time late 1960s , a specific place California , and a specific mentality seek maximum happiness now since tomorrow you might die set in 1994, enough in the near future for the author to inject massive doses of his signature wild imagination into the mix As most readers will know, director Richard Linklater employed distinctive digital technology and animation in creating a blockbuster film based on the novel In his Author s Note to A Scanner Darkly, PKD lists fifteen of the people he loved who lost life or sanity during those outrageous years He also reveals something extremely personal to his readers he is not in the novel, he is the novel Intrigued You should be Here are ten hits of what this unique, drug centered classic is all about 1 Freak Out The opening scene features doper Jerry Fabin in a frantic battle with thousands of aphid bugs infesting his hair and every inch of his body Unfortunately, Jerry is fighting a losing battle even standing under hot water in the shower ten hours a day doesn t help After suffering one particularly severe attack, Jerry admits defeat and is admitted into Number Three Federal Clinic The psychic meltdown of Jerry Fabin is a haunting reminder to all of Jerry s friends of what can happen with too much dope, a reminder coating every page of the novel like a thick syrup 2 Drugs and More Drugs In addition to hash, heroin, cocaine, mescaline, LSD, speed and other familiar names on the list, there is the new prima numero uno drug of choice, Substance D aka Death or Slow Death Among its many side effects is the risk of split brain phenomenon, where a user will develop two identities and have one side of their brain talk to the other as if two different people in conversation And cut with bad ingredients, in a matter of months, Substance D can cause a sixteen year old girl to look like a scraggly old lady with grey hair falling out But the supercharged high produced outweighs the possible side effects by far Oh, wow 3 The Setting Sprawling air conditioned Southern California nightmare, an unending repetition of McDonald hamburger stands, strip malls, gas stations and freeways Main character Robert Arctor reflects They McDonald s had by now, according to their sign, sold the same original burger fifty billion times He wondered if it was to the same person Life in Anaheim, California, was a commercial for itself, endlessly replayed Nothing changed it just spread out father in the form of neon ooze 4 War It s straights vs dopers since the dopers can t stomach the air conditioned nightmare and just want to turn on and drop out but the straights think all the neon ooze is as American as grandma and apple pie And those straights include fully armed Birchers and Minutemen, city police and federal police, army forces and unidentified forces If you are a doper and caught off guard, you will quickly be eliminated via jail or bullet or even worse, a federal clinic In this war, the straights don t take any prisoners since, for them, dopers are disgusting filth, not even on the level of mangy dogs.5 Scramble Suits An underground cop will report gathered information wearing a futuristic scramble suit, a full body, head to toe covering, a piece of technological magic, rendering the wearer a vague blur The police chief receiving this information will also wear a scramble suit Thus concealment and secrecy are maintained on all levels 6 Surveillance In this futuristic world the police possess powerful technology to spy on dopers in all sorts of ways, including scanners that can zoom in and out in 3 D Feeling paranoid There might be good reason smile, you are on candid camera 7 Robert Arctor, One Bob was once a straight, living with his wife and two little girls out in their three bedroom house, working as an investigator for an insurance company, but one day Bob hit his head in the kitchen and all instantly came clear in a flash his entire life was a sham, nothing but a deadly routine and he hated all of it Soon thereafter Bob gets a divorce and shifts into the doper life.8 Robert Arctor, Two To support his drug habit and live in his now rundown doper house, Bob takes on the job of undercover narcotics agent The drug world, Arctor recognizes, is a murky world were dopers work for the cops and cops posing as dopers get hooked on dope and might even become full time dealers And Robert Arctor gets hooked on a bunch of dope, most notably on Substance D Arctor escaped his drab, humdrum, straight family life but can he be sure his new doper life will turn out to be any better 9 Robert Arctor, Three Bob reports to his boss Hank in his scramble suit where he assumes name and identity as Frank But, then, Bob has to deal with the crazy effects of Substance D causing his personality and identity to split in two Oh, my spacey hallucinations an undercover agent living two lives with two different names experiencing split brain phenomenon A custom made phenomenon for the one and only PKD 10 Dopers Friends We are provided detailed glimpses into the inner and social lives of the two doper dudes living at Bob s house supercool Ernie Luckman and supersmart Jim Barris There is also Arctor s heartthrob young, superfoxy Donna Hawthorne Hey, wait a toker minute Is Luckman or Barris or Donna what they appear to be How many of them are also living a double life As noted above, the drug world is a murky world And that includes government agenciesthan happy to slide into a sinister double life to achieve their goals Read all about it Remember PKD IS this novel What a trip The tragedy in his life already existed To love an atmospheric spirit That was the real sorrow Hopelessness itself Nowhere on the printed page, nowhere in the annals of man, would her name appear no local habitation, no name There are girls like that, he thought, and those you love most, the ones where there is no hope because it has eluded you at the very moment you close your hands around it Philip K Dick, A Scanner Darkly I ve started and restarted this review a number of times With that in mind, I m going to take a page from mark monday and share a multi perspective review.The.gif summation Recipe for A Scanner Darkly 1 Take moderate amounts of the drug of your choice recommend one with highly hallucinogenic and paranoiac qualities 2 Allow to simmer while reading Less Than Zero3 Stir in a random amount of a second drug preferably one with potential for permanent I ve started and restarted this review a number of times With that in mind, I m going to take a page from mark monday and share a multi perspective review.The.gif summation Recipe for A Scanner Darkly 1 Take moderate amounts of the drug of your choice recommend one with highly hallucinogenic and paranoiac qualities 2 Allow to simmer while reading Less Than Zero3 Stir in a random amount of a second drug preferably one with potential for permanent brain damage current versions of the recipe recommend bath salts 4 Allow to cook in brain pan on high heat5 Watch Rush, the movie Rinse and repeat until brain fully cookedThe literary critic Wandering, borderline incoherent narrative Half hearted attempt to tack on conspiracy theory at the end, which might have been effective had there beenbuilding earlier The story did surprise me in a couple of places, notably view spoiler Luckman s unintentional drug trip hide spoiler which, while genius, does miss the consequence point he seems to want to make and in the plot twist at the very end Like the main character, Bob Arctor Fred, PKD seems of two minds about the book does he want to tell a story of extreme consequences to deliberate recreational drug use, or does he want to tell a mystery noir, with undercover agents, spying, illegal drug running, and conspiracies That said, character creation was brilliant Each has his own way of interacting with drugs, his own purpose and own experience, and the intersections were fascinating Barris with his experimental genius Luckman with his pursuit of pleasure, Donna with her strangely drawn and arbitrary drug use lines ha ha , and Charles Freck with his sad effort to self medicate mental illness I m sure several of the conversations came out of real life they are too absurd not to The psychological evaluation sections were interesting, and a clever device to give the reader insight into the world and Arctor, although the mumbo science passed through my own tired brain Stylistically, the language was essentially prosaic, but occasionally a phrase would catch my attention and stop me in my tracks with meaning It will be a hindsight I won t even get to have Somebody else will have to have it for me And then he thought, Strange how paranoia can link up with reality now and then, briefly Under very specialized conditions, such as today The personal Been there, done that I get PKD and his motivations, I really do His Author s Note was quite powerful, especially when he says these people wanted to keep having a good time forever Except it his book skipped the good time, the gentle slide into drug dependency, the slip of control from choosing to needing, personal charm eroded into manipulation Had he done so, my sympathy for the characters would have been greater and my connection to the story deeper I would have enjoyed itif there had beenthan the tiniest shred of redemption, some elements of joy and abandon to show the sheer delight of the children playing in the street Three and a half tabs stars.Cross posted at God, how dark it is here, and totally silent Nothing but me lives in this vacuum Philip K Dick s darkly atmospheric novel about drug culture and how drugs affect society is a well written, impactful story It s a realistic view of how drugs affect the mind and relationships The story follows the character of Bob and his friends, who are both using and selling a mind bending drug called Substance D We also follow Fred, a cop who works for a form of drug bust squad The hook is that Bob and Fr God, how dark it is here, and totally silent Nothing but me lives in this vacuum Philip K Dick s darkly atmospheric novel about drug culture and how drugs affect society is a well written, impactful story It s a realistic view of how drugs affect the mind and relationships The story follows the character of Bob and his friends, who are both using and selling a mind bending drug called Substance D We also follow Fred, a cop who works for a form of drug bust squad The hook is that Bob and Fred are the same person Substance D alters the mind so much that Bob Fred s personality fractures and that s the main narrative that we follow Dick was a drug user himself Because of this, he is able to paint a hauntingly realistic picture of the life of a drug user and the constant haze they live in Written in 1977, it still holds up today and points must go to Dick for one of the best titles for a book, ever Great openingThe opening sequence had me hooked It s a perfect example of how to draw in an audience It starts by showing how drugs have pretty much demolished Jerry s mind, a great introduction to the events to come WritingDick s writing creates such a dark atmosphere For me, it s the best thing about this book It sucks you in and you can imagine what it s like in the situation the characters find themselves in Dick also writes the tragic elements of the story very well Here are some of my favourite examples of what the writing is like in this book Happiness, he thought, is knowing you got some pills What did any man, doing any kind of work, know about his actual motivesTo see that warm living person burn out from the inside, burn from the heart outward Until it clicked and clacked like an insect, repeating one sentence again and again A recording A closed loop of tape I resemble that worm which crawls through dust, lives in the dust, easts dust until a passerby s foot crushes it.Notable issuesThe writing does ramble on in places To me, I would have chopped some chunks out of this book to make it even shorter His use of German irritated me whilst reading it also as Dick doesn t always translate it into English I know it doesn t make a huge impact to the story and in fact it s there to some something about the psyche of our main character but it irritated me all the same Final thoughtA great book with a dark, ominous atmosphere which rolls off the page and into your head The story is fascinating and echoes parts of the real world so closely that it s scary Highly recommended Find all of my reviews at even February and I m already behind on 2018 s reviews Good thing I didn t tell myself I d lose weight The one thing I have always told myself is I need to read a Philip K Dick story Imagine my surprise when I cued this one up on the ol Fiat s Bluetooth and heard that it was written by Philip K Dick I m not sure one book can be a quantifier for his entire set of works, but in the immortal words of Larry David, this wasFind all of my reviews at even February and I m already behind on 2018 s reviews Good thing I didn t tell myself I d lose weight The one thing I have always told myself is I need to read a Philip K Dick story Imagine my surprise when I cued this one up on the ol Fiat s Bluetooth and heard that it was written by Philip K Dick I m not sure one book can be a quantifier for his entire set of works, but in the immortal words of Larry David, this wasWhoops I mean Since I listened to it, I don t have any quotes to provide I can tell you the story is sort of a scared straight type of tale all about the perils of drug addiction Our MC, Bob Arctor, is a small time dealer looking to go big with the new drug of choice known as Substance D He s also an undercover agent known as Fred who is trying to bust a small time dealer looking to go big known as Bob Arctor Nope, you didn t read that wrong You see, one of the side effects of Substance D is that it causes your mind to break from reality Bob is Bob when he is Bob, but thanks to Bob imbibing in some of his own wares he is also Fred trying to bust Bob when he is Fred There s a bevy of supporting characters that make this storythan worth the price of admission added in for good measure Classified as Sci Fi a genre I don t typically steer myself toward would probably have been the right classification back in 1977 when A Scanner Darkly was originally published Today It s pretty freaking realistic Aside from the scanner suit, it s like Philip K Dick was a real soothsayer with regard to the future of drug use in America.4 solid stars thanks, in part, to Paul Giamatti on the audioNot interested in reading or listening to the book Good news There s a real trippy film version that s like live action with a cartoon overlay wayback machine has teenie bopper Kelly saying just like the A Ha video starring Keanu Reeves And an all star supporting cast 3.5 stars rounded to 4 after the epilogue.One day I figure out all of a Philip K Dick novel Ah, who am I kidding, lol Truthfully, I like the challenge Love the ideas The guy was brilliant But let me tell you, some of the situations and conversations I experienced in this book could possibly be the wildest I ve come across since reading my last Dick novel In an epilogue, he offers his reason for writing A Scanner Darkly It is poignant to say the least He adds that there is no moral to 3.5 stars rounded to 4 after the epilogue.One day I figure out all of a Philip K Dick novel Ah, who am I kidding, lol Truthfully, I like the challenge Love the ideas The guy was brilliant But let me tell you, some of the situations and conversations I experienced in this book could possibly be the wildest I ve come across since reading my last Dick novel In an epilogue, he offers his reason for writing A Scanner Darkly It is poignant to say the least He adds that there is no moral to his story With drugs, there are only consequences He tells this from personal experienceI am not a character in the novel I am the novelMaybe no moral, but definitely a message Drugs take no prisoners Fittingly, he named the drug in this book Substance D death for short This was a fascinating story if somewhat terrifying about LA in the 90s seen from the 70s and the future is grim In a lot of ways, PKD s predictions have not bourne out we don t have scattersuits and no one was using cassette tapes any because of the CD However, the long term effects of hard drug use are not that off mark I suspect that Substance D or death as it is known on the street would today be some kind of crystal meth like Heisenberg s on Breaking Bad, but ingestible with This was a fascinating story if somewhat terrifying about LA in the 90s seen from the 70s and the future is grim In a lot of ways, PKD s predictions have not bourne out we don t have scattersuits and no one was using cassette tapes any because of the CD However, the long term effects of hard drug use are not that off mark I suspect that Substance D or death as it is known on the street would today be some kind of crystal meth like Heisenberg s on Breaking Bad, but ingestible with tablets Its widespread use and devastating impact on users is certainly not understated That being said, there is also a narrative about spies and counter spies and how governmental institutions dehumanize agents and occasionally sacrifice then willingly The overall feeling of the book was kind of like Fight Club meets Naked Lunch or something I felt it was a great read and prefer it over Electric Sheep from PKD I really enjoyed how he described the scramble suit using cubist painters, that was a nice touch I also saw an interesting parallel to Fight Club with the split personality of the protagonist.I felt that his descriptions of people freaking out on LSD or D, particularly the bug episode, were extremely well done I can t help but think that DFW s descriptions of addiction and delirium in Infinite Jest and The Pale King were at least partially inspired by PDK although DFW said he had never taken the hard stuff.I also have owned Linkletter s animated film of the book since the DVD was released and although I have not watched in in several years I recall it being quite faithful to the book and that the animation was groundbreaking at the time I highly recommend both that one and A Waking Life by Linkletter and Slacker of course A Scanner Darkly can be described as follows begin with Hunter S Thompson s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, mix in a pinch of The Big Lebowski, a dollop of A Beautiful Mind, a scene from Crime and Punishment, the shadows and penumbra of One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, whispered apprehension of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a hint of thirty year in advance anticipation of reality TV, stir in a portion of dystopian science fiction and mix it all together with Philip K Dick s weird genius Th A Scanner Darkly can be described as follows begin with Hunter S Thompson s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, mix in a pinch of The Big Lebowski, a dollop of A Beautiful Mind, a scene from Crime and Punishment, the shadows and penumbra of One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest, whispered apprehension of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, a hint of thirty year in advance anticipation of reality TV, stir in a portion of dystopian science fiction and mix it all together with Philip K Dick s weird genius This is actually a very well written book PKD delivers a mature, far from romantic glimpse of addiction and the drug sub culture as only he could, a recovering, on again off again user himself and with mental illness added in Still, this is a complete work by a talented writer and, minimalistic as it is, keeps the reader engaged There is humor in the book, though it cannot be considered a comedy, perhaps a dark comedy as the subject matter, though painted with a mild sci fi brush, is one of addiction and death A reader of PKD s works will notice the recurring theme here, as in several other works, of the idea of split personalities, of a protagonist coming to grips with multiple sides of his own ego Another recurring theme, perhaps helped along by PKD s own struggles with schizophrenia, is one of surveillance and, concurrently, helplessness while being watched The pervasive paranoia and the multiple layers of theatrical irony are the elements of this story that will stay with the reader long after the book has been set down

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