Re: RARA-AVIS: Noir Sci-fi

From: Nathan Cain (
Date: 26 Oct 2007

I made it about ten minutes into the movie and quit watching. I don't think it really captured the book's essence at all. The movie version seemed more focused on critiquing the drug war than it was with Dick's ideas about identity and reality. As for the book, it, like a lot of Dick's fiction, is a mess. He tended to write quickly while taking prodigious quantities of amphetamines, and I'm not sure how much editing his manuscripts received. If I had to guess I'd say not much, with a few exceptions. Still, It's worth reading. It's certainly not a bad book. Dick had a lot of talent, undisciplined as he was. He could've been more than a cult figure if he had been more serious about his craft and less so about the drugs.

On 10/26/07, <> wrote:
> By the way, there's also a pretty recent movie (and tie in graphic
> novel) of A Scanner Darkly. I certainly wouldn't watch it before
> reading the book, but it's worth seeing afterwards. I'm not saying the
> book is great, in fact I'm guessing parts of it would not have made
> sense if I hadn't recently reread the novel, but it is interesting the
> see how Linklater captured the druggy vision of the characters (and
> author) through his odd rotoscopish animation.
> Mark

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