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  1. Guy Salvidge Guy Salvidge says:

    Philip K Dick’s mainstream novels all but one of which remained unpublished until after his death in 1982 are normally regarded as the poor cousins of his science fiction works To an extent this attitude is justified but some of his mainstream novels are better than he is normally given credit for At the time they were written in the 50s and the early 60s these novels were seen as too strange and too bleak to be publishable and too poorly titled The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike; really Phil? But I for one find a lot to like in some of these novels especially the later ones Humpty Dumpty in Oakland is a fine work even if it is very despairing and so is The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike henceforth TeethThis must be the second time I’ve read Teeth and the first was a decade ago so I didn’t remember a lot about it except that it was really depressing Well it’s still depressing but not poorly written despite PKD’s sometimes clunky sentence structure What I noticed this time around was that the book is primarily about the treacherous landscape of gender politics long after WWII but long before second wave feminism It’s a book about the anxieties of masculinity and the manifold ways that men try to subjugate women through keeping them jobless in the home; through defining success almost exclusively in career terms; through violence and if worst comes to worst through rape There are some harrowing scenes but PKD handles this dark material far adroitly than he had done in the earlier Voices from the Street In short I think Teeth is due for some rehabilitation as a serious work not entirely dissimilar to Richard Yates’ Revolutionary RoadPKD almost always used a shifting third person point of view in his novels and Teeth is no exception Written when the young 31 PKD had had some minor publishing success in the ghetto of science fiction but none at all in the wider marketplace the novel mirrors many aspects of PKD’s life at the time in Marin County California alongside third wife Anne who would write of these years in her excellent memoir Search for Philip K Dick 1928 1982 Here our main characters are two married but crucially childless couples by the names of Leo and Janet Runcible and Walt and Sherry Dombrosio According to Anne these characters are based on real people who lived in Marin County at the time of the novel’s composition Anne and Phil’s scholarly disagreement over whether Neanderthals were meat eaters or vegetarians Phil contended wrongly that they were vegetarians even managed to worm its way into TeethPKD had this way even in his supposedly straight laced mainstream novels of marrying seemingly unrelated elements into a bizarre but cohesive whole Only PKD could produce a novel that is on one hand about the angst experienced in childless families and on the other about a hare brained scheme to fabricate a Neanderthal finding on US soil as a way of getting back at a hated neighbour and have it make some kind of sense Teeth weaves together disparate plot strands into a strange but oddly beautiful fabric including what it was like for a man to happily work for an advertising company until his wife gets it into her head that she wants a job there too; what it was like to be a Jew and a relatively successful businessman in mildly anti Semitic America; semi scholarly debate about the origins of the species; the problems of the water supply in Marin County and what fate might have befallen the area’s earliest White inhabitants And it makes sense Teeth is not a nice novel by any means and it paints a gloomy picture of human relations on a number of levels but it’s a fine novel all the same

  2. Denis Denis says:

    One of the many posthumously published 'non genre' PKD novels; this one written in 1960 Out of the few I've read this is one of the best and most interesting These novels come from a strange place where so called 'regular' people interact in the strangest ways within their 'regular' world This one covers such items as race issues in small town west coast of California via a Jewish Realtor traditional 1950's male and female roles who between the two are the primary bread winner and so on What will the neighbours think? We even touch on those ignored board old timers who know the area intimately yet are forgotten during the onward march of progress in order to induce dollars in small town California

  3. Ryandake Ryandake says:

    this is a book about a small town and it makes me thank the gods i don't believe in that i don't live in one a small town not a booki've read Philip K Dick's sf this book is not sf it does make me wonder why he never developed a mainstream following if this is the caliber of his non sf worksthe story follows friends and neighbors in the little town on Caruinez circa 1960 two families are center stage the Dombrosios and the Runcibles Sherry Dombrosio wants a job; Leo Runcible wants to make a real estate killing Walt Dombrosio wants to keep Sherry under his thumb and make a fool of Leo Janet Runcible just wants to drink herself numb at every opportunityand it all comes together with a skull an apparently Neanderthal skull found on Runcible's propertyif you're not old enough to remember those times this book will be uite an eye opener racial prejudice deep and ugly sexism abuse of women it certainly makes the necessity for events like the rise of feminism and the civil rights era clear i am old enough to remember with a shudder many of the acts which were pretty much normal back then but which would be considered deeply deranged now and Dick does such a good job of making these people bound by their times seem pretty much sane by the standards of their dayand for me that's really the beauty of this book he makes these people and their lunatic beliefs if not entirely sympathetic at least rational within their cohort it is such a deep pleasure to look back and think thank god we are not like that now a lot of people seem to think that as a species we are hopeless and will never improve they think that we as a society are regressing or are at best stagnant i suppose if the sweep of your vision is only the last ten years or even 20 years you could perhaps be forgiven for this shortsightedness but when i think of how far we have come even in only my paltry lifetime i am so astounded at how much we've changed if you don't believe me read the book

  4. Sean O& Sean O& says:

    Wow this is clearly one of PKD's most underappreciated masterpieces I went into it being worried I wouldn't like it because of the lack of any science fiction elements from which he became famous for but by the end I felt impressed The book manages to entertain on the level of his actual science fiction books but rather than rely on fancy futuristic gizmos or alternate realities it relies on giving its characters very deep emotions which is very entertaining on a psychoanalytic level The novel takes place in a small town in the country near Californa and revolves around the lives and feuds between two couples the Rucinables and the Dombrisos Mr Ruicible works as the local real estate agent and after a racist friendcostumer of his doesn't buy a house because Mr Dombrisio has a black friend the fight ensues Both do incredibly dirty things to each other to get back at each other and it effects their relationships with those around them including their views The two main characters Mr Dombrisio and Runcible wind up being really hateful and nasty characters but you wind up sympathsizing with them because PKD does a good job at conveying how angry they are and how they have been hurt You wind up getting emotional and hating things you normally wouldn't because of this It shows the complication of situations and that sometimes everyone might just be wrong there is no hero Another thing that makes this even better maybe worse is that it's very clear in the detail that PKD describes this that he uite possibly went through experiences like this in his life which makes me feel sorry for him as well as the people around Because the book was able to capture me in such an emotional way that's why I gave it 5 stars I've never been a fan of dramas or romance but this once was very good and if anyone is a PKD reader who likes his scifi I say give this one a try

  5. Mel Mel says:

    Easily the WORST Philip K Dick book I've read I have to say his non science fiction work is very disappointing His scifi books have so much brilliant social commentary and subversive characters His non scifi books should be the same but they are not they are filled with the dullest and most annoying suburbanities If anyone else had written this I would have given up after 50 pages because it was Philip K Dick I stuck with it and finished it but I really wish I hadn't botheredThis book had a man Rape his wife to get her pregnant because if she was pregnant she'd have to uit her job and he didn't want her working cause work was what a man was supposed to do and a woman had to stay home and if she wanted to work it was cause she wanted to be a man and emasculate him All things characters in this book Actually said and thought And the one woman who was a housewife was so depressed she just drank all the time and was totally mentally unbalanced I would like to think Philip K Dick was trying to point out how absurd this was but there was just a bit too much sympathy for the total misogynistic assholes

  6. David David says:

    The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike Philip K Dick 304 pgThis book is from PKD's selection of non science fiction stories If I remember correctly he wrote most of these stories early on in his career; they weren't very popular and remained unpublished until fairly recently These books tell the stories of small towns in the mid twentieth century The people all know each other and nothing exciting really happens but PKD is able to tell these stories with a high level of detail that allows these ordinary characters to shine I am impressed that I end up genuinely interested in uninteresting people and things in each one of these books The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike is a pretty good book but certainly isn't anything special

  7. Angus McKeogh Angus McKeogh says:

    Touched on a load of progressive issues for the time when this was written Racism religious bigotry sexism rape and spousal abuse But it was scattered in regards to the plotting and resultantly was a little slow Thus far I much prefer my Dick novels with a science fiction bent

  8. M.A. Kropp M.A. Kropp says:

    I follow all the Tor Books Facebook feeds and one Sunday they posted a giveaway where if you were the first person to comment you got three PK Dick novels I was that first person and that is how I got this bookI knew PK Dick primarily for his science fiction work particularly Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and it's movie adaptation Blade Runner None of the three books I got were science fiction but I knew I liked his writing so decided they were worth a tryThe book was written in the early sixties in CA and is set in that time period in Marin County It is bascially the story of Leo Runcible a middle class Jew living in a typical '60's WASP neighborhood near San Francisco Leo is a real estate agent the new guy in a town full of old timers who have lived there all their lives He dreams of being the one to bring development to the town and turning it into a suburban mecca for San Franciscans looking to escape the city And turning a nice profit for himself He is set to close a deal on a house when it is noticed that a nieghbor of his has a Negro as a guest at his house The ensuing discussion turns racial losing Leo both the deal and a friendship In a fit of retailiation he reports the neighbor Walt Dombrosio for drunken driving causing Walt to lose his driver's license All of this sets up a sort of fued between the two and their wives Walt decides to have some work done on his septic field and uses the opportunity to set up with some other townsmen an elaborate practical joke on Leo They plant what looks like the remains of a Neanderthal man on Leo's property and lead Leo to discover it after picking up some Indian artifacts at the leach field diggings Leo believes he has a real archaeological find and calls in experts from universities to verify the finds They of course identify them as faked In tracking down the source of the actual skeletons used to make the fakes it comes to light that there is a problem with the local water supply What started as a neighbor's fued ends up affecting a whole townThis was an interesting book It was well outside what I normally read but the characterizations are uite well drawn and have depth The setting is very much a late '50's early '60's lifestyle with the morals and conventions of those time periods Women were expected to stay home and raise children or be active in local clubs and organizations When one of the wives gets a job it affects her relationships with her husband and the community The racial prejudices of the day are present though not a main theme in the story They do drive some of the plot and give insight into Leo's character All in all it was an interesting read Not an easy one and you will have to think a bit while reading For those who only know Dick for his science fiction this early work shows a different side of the author and his talents

  9. serprex serprex says:

    212 POSTED allcaps formatting came too soonFunny having Drake mentioned when the last book I read was Dr Futurity in which they go back in time to intervene with Drake's landing

  10. Aidan Reid Aidan Reid says:


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The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike [KINDLE] ❃ The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike ❧ Philip K. Dick – The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike was written by Philip K Dick in the winter and spring of 1960 in Point Reyes Station California In the seuence of Dick’s work The Man Whose Teeth Whose Teeth PDF ✓ Were All Exactly Alike was written by Philip K Dick in the winter and spring of in Point Reyes Station California In the seuence of Dick’s work.

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • The Man Whose Teeth Were All Exactly Alike
  • Philip K. Dick
  • English
  • 07 November 2015
  • 9780765323064

About the Author: Philip K. Dick

Philip K Dick was Whose Teeth PDF ✓ born in Chicago in and lived most of his life in California In he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in for The Man in the High Castle and the John W Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in for Flow My Tears the Policeman Said Philip K Di.