Stuart Hadley is a young radio electronics salesman in early 1950s Oakland, California. He has what many would consider the ideal life. He has a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement - but he still feels unfulfilled. Something is missing from his life. Hadley is also an angry young man - an artist, a dreamer, a ...Read MoreStuart Hadley is a young radio electronics salesman in early 1950s Oakland, California. He has what many would consider the ideal life. He has a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement - but he still feels unfulfilled. Something is missing from his life. Hadley is also an angry young man - an artist, a dreamer, a screw-up. He tries to fill his void first with drinking, then sex, and then with religious fanaticism, but nothing seems to be working and it is driving him crazy. He reacts to the love of his wife and the kindness of his employer with anxiety and fear. Is there anything that can bring him back to the world? Winner of both the HUGO and JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARDs for BEST NOVEL, Philip K. Dick is widely regarded as the premiere science fiction writer of his day. The object of cult-like adoration from his legions of fans, he has come to be seen in a literary light that defies classification in much the same way as Borges and Calvino. With breathtaking insight, he utilizes vividly unfamiliar worlds to evoke the hauntingly and hilariously familiar in our society and ourselves.Read Less
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What you will be reading is an amazingly clear view of 1950's reality for one young main character Stuart Hadley. This Character takes a modern stance to the reader almost immidiately and most will find him a bit on the IVY side professionaly. However he struggles with this in that he does not have an IVY league education or profession, he sells tv's.... The writer takes good pains to bring every sequence of his day to day living to life using colorful wording. The character searches inwardly for satisfaction through the novel through his unbeknownst before, wild oats if you will, lust for a mistress, then trusting then again mistrusting religion, however gaining spiritual wisdom through his experience that ties brilliantly together with the mistress and the organized religion. This book is a vintage piece. Its about understanding the mind of a young man in 1955 if you will. And gives a great look at the real 1955 world as it once was. The lesson of the novel is to always value what lies beneath the surface of ones self and continually work away the layers that cover up the purest portion of self.... This is done with a breakdown mentally in Hadleys case as he struggles to see something more in himself through outward search. After he sees the value of looking inward then the character is resored to sanity and moral. I loved this book.The 1950's were a pure time in this country and this shows you what it was like if you were not here in that era. This is a fiction , just not a science fiction as the Author is famed for.. He is a genius writer and deserves more credit than he was given in his lifetime. Much like many famous artists...He is my favorite writer of all time and all though his science fiction is so much more exciting, this piece shows you how riveting a normal mans affairs can be in a world long forgotten...enjoy ;)
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