Counter-clock World

Counter-clock World

Paperback - 2012
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"Dick is the American writer who in recent years has most influenced non-American poets, novelists, and essayists."--Roberto Bolaño

In Counter-Clock World , time has begun moving backward. People greet each other with "goodbye," blow smoke into cigarettes, and rise from the dead. When one of those rising dead is the famous and powerful prophet Anarch Peak, a number of groups start a mad scramble to find him first--but their motives are not exactly benevolent because Anarch Peak may just be worth more dead than alive, and these groups will do whatever they must to send him back to the grave.

What would you do if your long-dead relatives started coming back? Who would take care of them? And what if they preferred being dead? In Counter-Clock World , one of Dick's most theological and philosophical novels, these troubling questions are addressed; though, as always, you may have to figure out the answers yourself.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed.
ISBN: 9780547572192
Characteristics: 223 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 24, 2015

Philip K. Dick's stock has risen considerably since his death in 1982 and, while many of his early sci-fi books were published as cheap paperbacks with lurid covers, he's now part of the Library of America and many of his novels have been reissued in handsome trade editions. The man was prolific and once you get past the famous titles, it can be a little hit or miss, but I will say that even his mediocre books have something interesting for the Dick fan. "Counter-Clock World" is from 1967 and has something of the detective feel of "Do Androids Dream" and "Flow My Tears," while dealing with perennial Dick themes like time, existence, death, and God. Recommended!


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