One of Dick's earliest books but his last to be published, this is the story of one man's descent into depression and madness - and his escape to the other side 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 ...
One of Dick's earliest books but his last to be published, this is the story of one man's descent into depression and madness - and his escape to the other side 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 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.
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New. 0765318210 New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand New! Support Radical Independent Pacific Northwest Booksellers! Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 304 p. Audience: General/trade. First time in print! Stuart Hadley is a young electronics salesman in early 1950s California. He has what many would consider the ideal life: a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement. But something is missing from his life. Hadley is an angry young man--an artist, a dreamer, a screw-up. He tries to fill his void with drinking, sex, and religious fanaticism, but nothing works, and it is driving him crazy. He reacts to the love of his wife and the kindness of his employer with anxiety and fear. One of the earliest books that Dick ever wrote, and his only novel that has never been published, Voices from the Street is the story of Hadley's descent into depression and madness, and out the other side. Most known in his lifetime as a science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick is growing in reputation as an American writer whose powerful vision is an ironic reflection of the present. This novel completes the publication of his canon.
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 ;)
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-06 This previously unpublished novel is remarkable for a number of reasons, probably the least of which is novelistic merit. Stuart Hadley is a young man born to privilege; he is handsome and educated; his pregnant wife is devoted to him; he has worked his way up from salesman to manager of a television and radio shop, but he wants more. The more he wants is not clear, even to him, and his existential crisis involves him with a shady, quasi-religious sect, the Society of the Watchmen of Jesus, led by a charismatic evangelist. Stuart's flirtation with the movement soon leads him away from his placid middle-class life into a sinister association with a mysterious femme fatale, Marsha Frazier. His decline is accelerated by psychotic depression that spirals into life-threatening self-destruction. Like much of Dick's fiction, the plot skims ambiguously along an abstract surface, only occasionally revealing concrete motivation or linear connection. But that's what endears Dick's novels to millions of readers nearly 25 years after his death, and that's what makes him a significant postwar American novelist. Shallow characterization and crude dialogue show a young novelist groping for style. Still, echoes of Dick's contemporaries such as Ralph Ellison, Richard Yates, Rod Serling, Raymond Chandler and early Kurt Vonnegut Jr. resonate, and a bonus exists in Dick's impeccable eye for detail. Apart from creating an ambience that complements the novel, he provides a veritable literary museum of the early 1950s, replete with the period's social and political attitudes and dozens of references to everyday items, commonplace practices that underscore and illuminate this significant transitional period in American culture. Literary critics will have a field day; Dick fans will be in rapture. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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