Confessions of a crap artist--Jack Isidore (of Seville, Calif.): a chronicle of verified scientific fact, 1945-1959

Author: Philip K. Dick

Subject: Science fiction; Adventure; Fantasy; Fiction; General; Romance; Fiction - General; Space Opera; Science Fiction - General; Science Fiction & Fantasy; Dick; Philip K. - Prose & Criticism; Black humor (Literature); Black humor

Publisher: Vintage Books

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Confessions of a Crap Artist is one of Philip K. Dick's weirdest and most accomplished novels. Jack Isidore is a crap artist -- a collector of crackpot ideas (among other things, he believes that the earth is hallow and that sunlight has weight) and worthless objects, a man so grossly unequipped for real life that his sister and brother-in-law feel compelled to rescue him from it. But seen through Jack's murderously innocent gaze, Charlie and Juddy Hume prove to be just as sealed off from reality, in thrall to obsessions that are slightly more acceptable than Jack's, but a great deal uglier. "One of the most original practitioners writing any kind of fiction." -- The Sunday Times (London) "Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation.... We have our own homegrown Barges." -- Ursula K. LeGuin, New Republic "Philip K. Dick's best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable? -- The New York Times Book Review