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Humpty Dumpty in Oakland

Dick, Philip K

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ISBN 10: 0575038756 / ISBN 13: 9780575038752
Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1986. First edition. Hardcover. Fine/near fine. First UK edition. 199 pages. Condition of the book is FINE; An extremely clean, tight copy. Condition of the dust jacket is NEAR FINE; Very light shelfwear, not price-clipped. 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 0000416

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Title: Humpty Dumpty in Oakland

Publisher: Victor Gollancz Ltd, London

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: First Edition

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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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One of the greatest authors of the 20th century, with a career spanning 3 decades and 36 science fiction novels and 121 short stories. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. Dick won the Hugo Award in 1963 and was inducted into the SF Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 he was the first science fiction to be published by the Library of America.

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