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A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly
Author: Philip K. Dick
WHO'S WHO? — Fred, the unstoppable undercover narc in a scramble suit that gave him virtual anonymity, was out to bust doper, pusher Robert Arctor. A snap for Fred, except for one small catch... he was Robert Arctor! — WHO'S WHAT? — Now Donna was Robert Arctor's girl, as well as his dealer, and a pretty important broad in his life. But ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780547572178
ISBN-10: 0547572174
Publication Date: 10/18/2011
Pages: 304
Edition: Reprint
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3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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This was the second time Ive read this book, and the first time I rather disliked it it made me really depressed. (And I was also busy trying to figure out specifically WHY my brother picked it to give me as a gift)!
However, this time I liked it much more I read it all in one day, staying up way too late to finish it. I think that its one of those books that really benefits from a second reading knowing how things turn out allows you to go back and see implications that one might have missed the first time around.
A Scanner Darkly is a very anti-drug book. But its not merely anti-drug, its also deeply distrustful of police, government and rehab, suggesting, through a slightly-science-fictional premise, that users of drugs, although victims of their own bad decisions, may also be dupes of authority. (Just cause youre paranoid, doesnt mean theyre not out to get you.)
Based, autobiographically, on a period in Philip K. Dicks own life, the book portrays the mentality of addiction extremely believably, as he tells the story of Bob Arctor, an undercover police narc who gradually loses sight of his own identity: is he Officer Fred, an upstanding member of society or is he really Bob, one of a houseful of junkies who live for their next fix of Substance D the drug they accurately call slow death?
Who is supplying Substance D, and what is the agenda behind it?
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Have you ever suffered paranoia? Don't trust anyone, not even yourself. Hilarious and twisted.
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Interesting but somewhat meandering book. Haven't seen the movie but definitely picture Keanu Reeves as the main character. :-)
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Common Title
Bob Arctor (Primary Character)
Fred (Primary Character)
Donna Hawthorne (Major Character)