Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

February 4, 2011 at 13:10 (Book Reviews, Fiction, Highly Rated Books, Science Fiction) (, , , , )

8/10

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a frighteningly compelling book, and a snapshot of entropy; a single frame of the inevitable swirl down the drain. It is depressing, bleak, spiteful and amoral; but it is also mournful, religious, filled with pathos,  and incredibly earnest in the questions it asks.

Philip K. Dick does not try and instill any particular philosophy in his reader, and the very leading questions he asks are open enough that any of half a dozen answers might realistically be chosen. Therein lies his success (or one of his successes): this is a book written cynically, by an absolute cynic, who is holding a door open with all his might for morality and spitituality.

The novel’s open-ended structure is delightful, and fits admirably with the entropic theme. There is no happy ending, but nor is there a tragic collapse. Not yet. Deckard might be a lot of things: a sociopath, a convert, a broken madman, a deviant or even an android, but he is certainly sympathetic, and in him rests Dick’s sympathy for the human race.

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1 Comment

  1. Joachim Boaz said,

    I loved the end…. the toad…

    A very compelling book….

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