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

£31.95
SKU B002092
  • 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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Scarce early edition.

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.

"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.

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