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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,325 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip K. Dick Narrator: Joyce Bean Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Valis Series Release Date:
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The final book in Philip K. Dick’s Valis trilogy, The Transmigration of Timothy Archer brings the author’s search for the identity and nature of God to a close. The novel follows Bishop Timothy Archer as he travels to Israel, ostensibly to examine ancient scrolls bearing the words of Christ. But more importantly, this leads him to examine the decisions he made during his life and how they may have contributed to the suicides of his mistress and son. This introspective book is one of Dick’s most philosophical and literary, delving into the mysteries of religion and of faith itself. As one of Dick’s final works, it also provides unique insight into the mind of a genius, whose work was still in the process of maturing at the time of his death.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Albert | 2/18/2014

    " Philip K. Dick. I am not a huge fan. I do have some respect for some of his knowledge and vocabulary, but not in how he synthesized it into his writing. It's always clear to me that he does not understand anyone other than himself or his myopic perceptions of how people behave. He has some clever plot tricks and some descriptive chops, but I am always left flat because I find it hard to sympathize with most of his characters. This book is no different. I enjoyed the allusions to the arcane religious dogma and to the 30 Years War, but I did not see how any of these characters could stand one another. Occasionally funny dialogue, but mostly just a lot of preaching and bitching, which is probably what it was like to hang around him. Dick is a prisoner of himself. Angel Archer is a doormat, and when she does get the chance to truly be helpful (something she usually only offers to do when she knows they won't accept her assistance) she clings to the most shallow parts of herself, even going against the desire to offer the help that Dick had showed just a few pages before. Even her music knowledge and record collector bent was not very believable to me, being a past record store employee myself. Tim Archer was just a self-absorbed egomaniac, not in touch with anything outside of his books and vocation (Dick does a fine job of expressing this, an easy feat), his son, Jeff is just a head-case with few exhibited sympathetic qualities, Kirsten is just a shallow bitch, and her son Bill, a schizophrenic (more specifically a hebephrenic, a term I was unaware of) is the only character it seems Dick could create any sliver of sympathy for, yet his condition just makes him more pitiful than sympathetic. All in all, a nice quick read and full of nice heady vocabulary to stimulate you, but just understand, it's still a pretty empty experience, like the life of Philip (annoyingly one L) K. Dick most likely was. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Liz | 2/5/2014

    " Hmmm, didn't quite like this on one read. Definitely on the to re-read shelf, for when there is nothing else there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by JJ W | 2/2/2014

    " PKD's characters remind me of programs set going in an AI simulation. He carries them through several iterations, surprising you at each turn. This book plays with the familiar themes of death, fate, classical philosophy and speculative Christianity that the first two VALIS books cover, but have a kind of retro appeal, being set as they are in the early 80s around the time of John Lennon's death. Makes me want to read Allegre's book on Jesus as mushroom, which he uses as premise for the main character's disillusionment with the Christian faith. It has a roughness or almost unfinished quality that the first VALIS books don't have, but maybe my perception was colored because I read that Dick died while writing this. Long live PKD! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mel | 1/26/2014

    " I really enjoyed this. It was the first Philip K Dick book I've read that had a woman first person narrator and I think she was one of my favourite characters ever. I just loved the way she wrote. There were passages in here that were just really beautiful and moving. I actually marked some which is something I've never done with a PKD before. It was sad and also hopeful the way she coped with her life and the tragic death of those she was closest to. The way she tried to understand what was going on for the people around her. I thought the title character came across as a bit of a dick and also a fool. I found it hard to understand why Angel loved him so much. I had more sympathy for the schizophrenic. But I really enjoyed reading this. No science fiction just life. "

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