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The PhD thesis of Philip K Dick - his last and finest book
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020
in Berkeley California, where Philip K Dick came into his formative years, and where I went to school decades later , 'Do you like Dick?' was, in some circles, a conversation opener, (or a crude pick up line).
and I have always been a little underwhelmed by his work - too much telepathy, obsession with schizophrenia, and drug induced alternate realities and histories - seemed besides the point, even if I have had to review blue books, scrawled with gibberish after the student's acid raves with bongs all over the hardwood floors, or come down to breakfast tables where broken mirrors lay with white powder traces still left over.
So 'Transmigration' was completely different, and completely satisfying - here PKD completes his spiritual journey, and is able to tie all his realizations about the meaning of life into a human, moving story, and without all the silly crutches of drugs, madness and nonsense of telepathic visions.
It probably also helps that each novel, like an old wine, must be imbibed at the right time, the right age between writer and reader. Philip K Dick wrote this, his last novel, at just a few years older than my age when I am reading it, so perhaps I am able to appreciate its value, its vision all the more.