A Scanner Darkly

Title: A Scanner Darkly
Genre: Science Fiction
Author: Philip K. Dick (1928-1982)
Illustrator: Carlos Ochagavia (1913-2006)
Publisher: Ballantine Books, New York, New York
Series: “A Del Rey Book”
Year: 1977 (first paperback edition of 1977 novel)
Pages: 296
Format: Paperback, mass-market format.
Provenance: Unknown
Opening Sentence: “Once a guy stood all day shaking bugs from his hair.”
Random Passage: “Probably so. He wondered how old she had been then, the remembering worn-out junkie girl who dozed beside him.”
Goodreads Review Excerpt: “This is actually a very well written book; PKD delivers a mature, far from romantic glimpse of addiction and the drug sub-culture as only he could, a recovering, on again off again user himself and with mental illness added in. Still, this is a complete work by a talented writer and, minimalistic as it is, keeps the reader engaged.” — Lyn, July 29, 2012.
Notes: This paperback edition includes a house advertisement for Ballantine’s paperback novelization of George Lucas’ Star Wars, complete with a cut-out order form to receive copies of the book for $1.95 each—with an extra 50-cent mailing and handling charge.


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