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The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

Written by Philip K. Dick

Narrated by Joyce Bean


The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

Written by Philip K. Dick

Narrated by Joyce Bean

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4.5/5 (21 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Oct 18, 2011
ISBN:
9781455832071
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Description

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.
Released:
Oct 18, 2011
ISBN:
9781455832071
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

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About the author

Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928–1982) published 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned to deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film, notably Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly, as well as television's The Man in the High Castle. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, including the Hugo and John W. Campbell awards, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and between 2007 and 2009, the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.


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  • (4/5)
    This is the final book in Dick’s trilogy exploring and arguing concepts of religion and belief. Look, I’ll be honest – I was going to try a nice little plot synopsis. But you can find that anywhere, and that isn’t what is important. What is important here is that Dick uses his writing skills to keep these arguments about life and belief from bogging down. The people are interesting, their lives are interesting, and the discussions that ensue from these people asking the questions about their lives are interesting.The book is a worthy completion of the trilogy. (Okay, trilogy is the wrong word – it is not like these books are continuing one story. Rather, they are continuing one long discussion, with three different stories.)You should read all three.And you should read this one.
  • (4/5)
    One of Dick's best dives into warped mental states and their various outcomes. Though it's often lumped with his sci-fi work, it's more a straight novel than even the least fanciful of his late works. A great examination of religious purpose and over-intellectualization.
  • (5/5)
    Through a constant fight of religion versus philosophy and reason versus belief, a fairly linearand uneventful plot unravels through a set of characters, all of them more or less unattractive or despicable in their own way. This is the work of a highly intelligent mind who could use is knowledge, his awareness of his own mental illness and his mastery of writing to serve an extremely compelling read that leaves you more open to the great existential questions of the human race.
  • (5/5)
    This is probably my favorite Philip K. Dick novel . . . despite the author's lapses in style, such as not knowing how to use the subjunctive. It's an amazing slice of life. It's a harrowing glipse at mysticism. It's a profound meditation on the (as they say it in Literature 101) "the human condition."It's a whopping good yarn.Ooops. Forget I wrote anything so crass.
  • (5/5)
    One of Philip K. Dick's last novels and most decidedly not science fiction. The story of a religious luminary whose quest for the meaning of it all leads to his eventual downfall as told from the perspective of his daughter in law. One of the few PKD novels with a sympathetic female character, let alone a lead female character.This novel is fascinating and, in my opinion, vastly under-read. Funny and tragic at the same time, with a deep look at the role of religion shaping our lives.