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The easy way for me to describe this book is as ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2016
The easy way for me to describe this book is as one man’s mystical experience of the divine. You do not need to read far to be able to see from his almost rambling thought process at times, to see that he was a man wrestling with a very deep experience of the ineffaceable and ineffable.
I have not finished the book, but I am about 100 pages in and taking my time carefully digesting what he has to say. There is certainly a vast amount of food for thought, and I am also very sympathetic to the mental exertions that he obviously was going through, as a longtime seeker (for lack of a better term) most of my life. Wrestling with ineffable is tiresome, indeed, but it is something which those whom have a passion or even just a longing for it, return to again, and again, and again, and most times you will find that 95% percent of the people you may share your life with or meet, are not going to share the same thirst or passion for it as you will.
What I mention above is the very reason I was attracted to this book in the first place, I have not read much of PKD's work, of course the film Blade Runner I had seen and was a fan of, and I had read some of his later works such as VALIS when I was in high school. But quite honestly I just wanted to know what he had to say.
Does he toe the line of sanity at times, sure does, but in these times it is hard to say that he isn't also doing/experiencing the same things all shamans and mystics of old have. and that is an experience of the subnormal beyond human experience and comprehension.
A feel so large, filled with so much information, that all the words of the human language are only usable as sign posts and riddles to give an idea of the true meaning.
Now, don't take any of the above of which I just said, to mean that I somehow think I am PKD's equal or that I even grasp what he has written or had experienced. I don't think that in the slightest. But I do think that he was a rare man which was able to experience that grand mystery beyond what we currently understand, and he did his best to fight through it, and understand it. And at the same time, stem off the maddening nature of it.
If you have the stamina for it, this is a really really interesting book and perspective, and believe me being only a little over 100 pages in, I have had more than a few times set the book down, and wondered if I even do, struggling with myself if I was even going to come back to it anytime soon.
In many ways this book has become like a great aspiration, which I stare at across the room while it furtively stares back at me, finding myself thinking, "Ok you bastard, let’s have another round!". It’s as fun as it is maddening.
But, with all the above said and done, the things which are discovered, and that potentiality of discovery makes this a game of slap/tickle that I come back to again and again. Take that for what you will.