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Voices From the Street por Philip K. Dick
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Voices From the Street (edição 2007)

por Philip K. Dick

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Stuart Hadley is a young radio electronics salesman in early 1950s Oakland, California. He has what many would consider the ideal life: a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement, but he still feels unfulfilled; something is missing from his life. Hadley is an angry young man--an artist, a dreamer, a screw-up. He tries to fill his void first with drinking and sex, and then with religious fanaticism, but nothing seems to be working, and it is driving him crazy. He reacts to the love of his wife and the kindness of his employer with anxiety and fear.One of the earliest books that Dick ever wrote, and the only novel that has never been published, Voices from the Street is the story of Hadley's descent into depression and madness, and out the other side.Most known in his lifetime as a science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick is growing in reputation as an American writer whose powerful vision is an ironic reflection of the present. This novel completes the publication of his canon.… (mais)
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Título:Voices From the Street
Autores:Philip K. Dick
Informação:Tor Books (2007), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 300 pages
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Etiquetas:science fiction, Philip K. Dick, psychedelics, writers, imaginative fiction, pulp writers, amphetamines, amphetamine-fueled fiction, novelists, West Coast, California, counter-culture, government agencies, prolific writers, Hugo Award winner, fiction, paranoid pop surrealist, visionary, proletarian-realist novels

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This is a UFD. Let me explain.

Almost before he could read, Lloyd Spiegel wanted to play blues. As a precocious youngster he went on tour of the US. Bo Diddley came to see him and then went backstage and asked Spiegel what he wanted to be. Lloyd beamed up at him. ‘Don’t you get it, Mr Diddley? I’m a blues man.’ Whereupon Bo Diddley looked down at him and said ‘Son – you’ll be a blues man when I say you’re a blues man’.

Late in life Dick opined that he hadn’t been told early and often enough when his work was no good. I guess it’s too late, but if you are listening from whatever bizarre possie you might have elsewhere now: this book here? Voices from the Street? Absolutely bar none the worst written thing I’ve ever seen in print.

Rest here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/voices-from-the-street-by...

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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
This is a UFD. Let me explain.

Almost before he could read, Lloyd Spiegel wanted to play blues. As a precocious youngster he went on tour of the US. Bo Diddley came to see him and then went backstage and asked Spiegel what he wanted to be. Lloyd beamed up at him. ‘Don’t you get it, Mr Diddley? I’m a blues man.’ Whereupon Bo Diddley looked down at him and said ‘Son – you’ll be a blues man when I say you’re a blues man’.

Late in life Dick opined that he hadn’t been told early and often enough when his work was no good. I guess it’s too late, but if you are listening from whatever bizarre possie you might have elsewhere now: this book here? Voices from the Street? Absolutely bar none the worst written thing I’ve ever seen in print.

Rest here:

https://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/voices-from-the-street-by...

To make it clear, I have not forgotten to add stars.
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
This is one of Philip K. Dick's earlier stories that was unpublished until a few years ago. I found this in one of those giant book-overstock stores that's open for a while until they run out of inventory or money to rent the storefront. Fitting, considering certain elements of this story.

Except for the fact that the story is set in 1952, the characters and the plot of this book could just as well be found today. In fact, there were moments where conversations between characters seemed like something one might overhear on the streets right this very moment. It's fascinating how little has changed since the 50s in regards to religion, politics, and especially the mixture of the two.

The story itself is the descent of a young man, typical of the age, or any age, into animalistic fury. He's a dreamer, stuck in a salesman job he hates, looking for meaning in his life while feeling stuck by the trappings of society. He starts to look for another way, tries out the big new religion sweeping through town, tries to drown himself in drink, even tries to become the most perfect everyday citizen; but it all leads him deeper and deeper into the hole of unfulfillment he digs for himself. Things get dark, incredibly, wickedly dark.

That's the genius of Dick's writing. He creates this vividly descriptive world and pulls you in, then takes you into the darkest workings of the human mind. He would later use science fiction to explore these emotions, playing with allegory and metaphor, but early on he wrote bleak, starkly contrasting reality, and it's terrifying. ( )
  regularguy5mb | Sep 16, 2015 |
It's June 5, 1952...early on, in that "Happy Days" decade of Joe and Marilyn and Elvis,...but Stuart Hadley, the protagonist of Voices in the Street, is not happy in the least. Though, by all rights, he should be. He's 4-F (safe from the draft and the Korean War). He's young, blond and handsome. His wife adores him. He has a healthy baby son. And his boss sees something of promise in him; Stuart's been promoted to manager of a TV/Radio sales and repair shop. BUT, inexplicably, Stuart Hadley is miserable! He's sensitive enough to feel that there's more to life than commercial success, - something ineffable but what, but What? Neither religion or alcohol or sex work as escapes or solutions. California, for him, is bleak as a cage.

Voices in the Street is Phillip K Dick's second novel, and last to be published, in 2007, fifty five years after it was written. Dick earned his place in a pantheon of Sci-Fi writers, over his long career. But this novel is more akin in style and subject matter to something by Theodore Dreiser. An unstinting look, in precise, naturalistic, and photographic prose, at way fate and society can crush the naive and their dreams. But style aside, "Voices" fits in with Dick's canon, whether chronologically viewed as a finial or a cornerstone. The grand themes of his Sci-Fi work concern the individual psyche, lost and searching for reality and identity, in a morphing world, controlled by hostile corporate and governmental forces. Stuart Hadley is that individual, on that same harrowing quest, and facing the same dominant forces, albeit in the mundane, bland world of 1950's Oakland. And for that reason, the novel still resonates - loudly - in this Age of "Businessantium" where many have no alternatives to McJobs, shopping mall serfdom, and a life in thrall to intertwined nexi of corporate and governmental powers. ( )
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Voices is the work of an apprentice novelist who was already a journeyman short-story writer. Undoubtedly, it has flaws, but readers familiar with PKD will be fascinated to observe the young writer working out—alongside some technical issues—many of the themes he would return to obsessively throughout his extensive oeuvre.
 
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Stuart Hadley is a young radio electronics salesman in early 1950s Oakland, California. He has what many would consider the ideal life: a nice house, a pretty wife, a decent job with prospects for advancement, but he still feels unfulfilled; something is missing from his life. Hadley is an angry young man--an artist, a dreamer, a screw-up. He tries to fill his void first with drinking and sex, and then with religious fanaticism, but nothing seems to be working, and it is driving him crazy. He reacts to the love of his wife and the kindness of his employer with anxiety and fear.One of the earliest books that Dick ever wrote, and the only novel that has never been published, Voices from the Street is the story of Hadley's descent into depression and madness, and out the other side.Most known in his lifetime as a science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick is growing in reputation as an American writer whose powerful vision is an ironic reflection of the present. This novel completes the publication of his canon.

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