Humpty Dumpty in Oakland

Dick, Philip K.

Published by Gollancz, 1986
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"A fascinating glimpse into how Dick's uniquely warped perspective evolved." ?Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)

Humpty Dumpty in Oakland is a tragedy, a dark comedy, and vintage Philip K. Dick.

Al Miller is a self-proclaimed nobody, a used-car salesman with a lot full of junkers. His elderly landlord, Jim Fergessen, has decided to retire and has just cashed in on his property, which includes the lot that Al rents next to Fergessen?s garage.

Chris Harman is a record-company owner who has relied on Fergessen?s for years to fix his Cadillac. When he hears about Jim Fergessen?s sudden retirement fund, he tells him about a new realty development that Harman swears is a surefire path to easy wealth. Fergessen sees his chance to finally be a real businessman, well-to-do and respected like Harman.

Al is convinced that Harman is a crook out to fleece Fergessen. Even if he doesn?t particularly like Fergessen, Al is not going to stand by and watch him get cheated. Only Al?s not very good at this, either. Maybe he?s not even right.

"It would be a shame to miss this?.We all know that easy money rarely is, but it's a lesson worth reading about again." ?The Kansas City Star

"This paranoid and ambiguity-filled exploration into the psyche of the small businessman showcases not only Dick's wild imagination and sardonic wit but also, and most notably, his mastery at intertwining perception with reality." ?Publishers Weekly

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The first US paperback edition of this classic Philip K. Dick novel

Set in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 1950s, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland is a tragicomedy of misunderstandings among used car dealers and real-estate salesmen: the small-time, struggling individuals for whom Philip K. Dick always reserved his greatest sympathy.

Jim Fergesson, an elderly garage owner with a heart condition, is about to sell up and retire; Al Miller is a somewhat feckless mechanic who sublets part of Jim?s lot and finds his livelihood threatened by the decision to sell; Chris Harman is a record company owner who for years has relied on Fergesson to maintain his cars. When Harman hears of Fergesson?s impending retirement he tips him off to what he says is a cast-iron business proposition: a development in nearby Marin County with an opening for a garage. Al Miller, though, is convinced that Harman is a crook, out to fleece Fergesson of his life?s savings. As much as he resents Fergesson he can?t bear to see that happen and?denying to himself all the time what he is doing?he sets out to thwart Harman.

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Title: Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
Publisher: Gollancz
Publication Date: 1986
Binding: Softbound

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