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review Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said 103 On October 11 the television star Jason Taverner is so famous that 30 million viewers eagerly watch his prime time show On October 12 Jason Taverner is not a has been but a never was a man who has lost not only his audience but all proof of his existence And Love isn t just wanting another person the way you want to own an object you see in a store That s just desire You want to have it around take it home and set it up somewhere in the apartment like a lamp Love is she paused reflecting like a father saving his children from a burning house getting them out and dying himself When you love you cease to live for yourself you live for another person What This in a Philip K Dick novel This is an unusual PKD book though you could argue that all PKD books are unusual so there is nothing unusual about one of his books being unusual What I mean is that the tone and style are different from the earlier PKD classics like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Ubik First published in 1974 after the aforementioned classic PKD novels Flow My Tears the Policeman Said seems to be written during a transitional period in Dick s style Profanities are common place in the dialogs something not present in Dick s works from the 60s I believe and there is depth to the characters compassion and emotional resonanceThis story is set in a dystopian 1988 USA a near future at the time of writing where the people live under a police state anybody found at spot checks without proper documentation are liable to be summarily shipped off sent to labour camps students especially The novel s protagonist is Jason Taverner a famous singer who has his own nightly TV show with viewership in the millions One day he wakes up in a rundown hotel and finds that nobody knows who he is not even his closest friends and lover The how and why of his predicament is one of Dick s best story ideas but the less I elaborate on that the betterThis is one of my favorite PKD books I would rate it alongside the aforementioned Ubik Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch as the best of his works certainly I would rate it far above his Hugo winner The Man in the High Castle of which I am not a fan The standout feature of Flow My Tears the Policeman Said is that it is emotional than most of his fiction There is a sadness and sympathy to it that I do not associate with his works That said PKD fans will be right at home with the usual Dickian trope of drug induced reality warpingDick s prose is the usual utilitarian style he uses in most of his works the dialog is often stilted as if the characters are all drug addled to some extent If this sounds like a criticism it really is not I like the way Dick writes it is clear and effective for conveying the weirdness inherent in his stories As for the dialog his characters tend to say the oddest things out of the blue like Jason Taverner suddenly tells a woman she looks too old for her age for no apparent reason and getting whacked on the head as a result Dick s sense of humour is also wonderfully weird such as the title of Taverner s latest hit being Nowhere Nuthin Fuck up which he describes as a sentimental number His depiction of 1988 of course bears little resemblance to that year in reality with personal flying vehicles and vinyl records still very much in use I hope this does not dissuade anybody from reading it however I believe that it is not sci fi writers job to predict the future but to speculate and provide some food for thought Flow My Tears the Policeman Said is one of Dick s most underrated books As usual he makes us uestion the reality we live in but this time he also makes us think about how we perceive ourselves and others and how our perception affects our social interactions and relationships An unexpectedly moving bookThis is the cover of my paperback edition from the 80s featuring an actual crying policeman but otherwise has nothing to do with the plot

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review Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said 103 A waiflike forger of identity cards to a surgically altered pleasure informs on everyone else a world in which omniscient police have something to hide His bleakly beautiful novel bores into the deepest bedrock self and plants a stick of dynamite at its cente Probably 35 stars but I tend towards grade inflation with authors I admire so just to be safe I m rounding down on this one until I decide I want to round up in 3 years I liked the first 45 but the last uintile bugged a little It started brilliantly but ended with a J Leno long explanation of the joke just told It was like towards the end PKD discounted his readers would get it so he left simple instructions remove plastic before eating and tied the whole thing off neat with complementary happy ending Other than the explanatory ending and the relative happy ending for the narrator the book was fascinating and at times brilliant The Big Golden Book of Poetry rounding down on this one until I decide I want to NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner's WCW round up in 3 years I liked the first 45 but the last uintile bugged a little It started brilliantly but ended with a J Leno long explanation of the joke just told It was like towards the end PKD discounted his Wild Man Creek (Virgin River, readers would get it so he left simple instructions The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th Edition) remove plastic before eating and tied the whole thing off neat with complementary happy ending Other than the explanatory ending and the Homewrecker relative happy ending for the narrator the book was fascinating and at times brilliant

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review Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said 103 In the claustrophobic betrayal state of Flow My Tears the Policeman Said loss of proof is synonyms with loss of lifeTaverner races to solve the riddle of his disappearance immerses us in a horribly plausible Philip K Dick United States in which everyone from Grand Theft IdentityAn old fashioned Western dressed as sci fi Could be but with a Dickian twist everyone loses and no one gets the girl Or a murder mystery Only no one is murdered I tried my best all the way through to pick up the thread It eluded me entirelyThe guy in the White Hat Jason is an intelligent handsome talented and popular musical celebrity He is also a narcissistic misogynistic druggie who manipulates women to get where he thinks he should be He is fundamentally amoral and bred to be that way despite his occasional flashes of empathy Jason is picked by the Black Hat for reasons that really are not reasonable to take the rap for the accidental death of Black Hat s sisterThe Black Hat belongs to Felix an authoritarian senior policeman who believes that anything justifies the maintenance of the established order He has an incestuous relationship with his sister whose intolerance for orderliness he protects from scrutiny On the other hand he is single handedly responsible for shutting down forced labour camps and protecting the lives of student demonstrators On the whole despite his occasional flashes of conscience he is a ratJason and Felix come into contact through a vague slippage between alternative universes which temporarily erases Jason s identity It s not clear whether this is drug induced a criminal conspiracy or divine forgetfulness But the end result is that both end up or less where they started Jason is vindicated and has a marginally bigger audience Felix mourns his sister s death but gets on with his life of law enforcement Both retire after long and comfortable lives Then they die apparently unmournedAnd so I suppose there is a certain nihilism which appeals to those who are fed up with society in general or just with Westerns Reputation either through celebrity or formal authority is a fleeting compensation for the battles we fight in life I can understand that But if that sentiment defines Dick s target audience the story could have been improved by killing them all off soonerAnd God alone knows what John Dowland s composition for lute has to do with any of it The whole thing has about as much literary merit as a computer game

  • Paperback
  • 231
  • Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said
  • Philip K. Dick
  • English
  • 04 December 2019
  • 9780679740667