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Philip K. Dick - Humpty Dumpty in Oakland (2nd Hand Paperback)

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Set in (and originally written in) San Francisco in the late 1950's, 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 is an elderly garage owner with a heart condition, who is about to 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 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 it happen and - denying to himself all the time what he is doing - he sets out to thwart Harman.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good (Very slight tanning towards page edges only)
  • Category : Fiction - Fiction - Uncategorised
  • Published : 1986 (This Edition 1988 - Paladin)
  • ISBN : 9780586086704
  • SKU : B002092
  • PPC : LL300gm
  • RRP : £3.95
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

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External Reviews

"Philip K. Dick spins a black comedy of misunderstandings with considerable technique" - The Guardian.

"I really loved this odd little book for the most part, it has a grounding in both history and fantasy, the 1950s nostalgia is incredible, and the characters are very well-written." - Goodreads Review.

"More than anyone else in the field, Mr. Dick really puts you inside people's minds."  - The Wall Street Journal.

The Author

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 - March 2, 1982) was an American writer known for his work in science fiction. He wrote 44 published novels and approximately 121 short stories, most of which appeared in science fiction magazines during his lifetime.

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