Date: Sat, 25 May 2002 06:35:12 -0700 (PDT)
From: Rose Kaplin 
Subject: Re: [PKD] TTOTA: Ch 3-4

<<< Re: [PKD] TTOTA: Ch 3-4: >>>

Now, with the conclusion of Chapter 4, all of the important characters 
have been introduced and most of the cards are on the table.  Our sense of
foreboding has been heightened by Angel Archer's thoughts about how 
nothing can prevent the bad things that are going to happen.  Only some of 
her pot-enhanced diatribe is the result of her basic paranoia.  And some 
of it is reminiscent of Arctor.

We know about the deaths that are coming and even some of  the details.

We haven't actually met Kirsten's son, but he has been announced and is 
waiting just offstage.


<<<          Tim said, "I would like Janis Joplin to sing at Grace."
	"She died in 1970," I said.
	"Then what do you recommend in her place?" Tim asked.  He waited expectantly.
	"'In Janis Joplin's place,'" I said.  "'In Janis Joplin's place.'  
I'll have to think that over.  I really can't come up with a name off the 
top of my head.  That will take some time."
	Kirsten regarded me with a mixture of expressions.  Mostly 
disapproval.  "I think what she's trying to say," Kirsten said, "is that 
no one can or ever will take Joplin's place."  [Timescape edition, p. 56] >>>

The book begins with John Lennon's death, and by the middle of Chapter 4
another icon of the 60s has been memorialized; are their deaths standing 
in for the deaths of the book's characters or for the death of "an era"?  
As people were so fond of saying at the time.  (Indeed, post 9/11 many have
proclaimed that an era has died and all without defining that so-called era.)


I would like to read, while reading this novel, some accounts of the life 
and death of Bishop Pike.  My memory is serving up only vague snippets; in
particular, I wonder about his thinking vis-a-vis his church.  
Any suggestions?


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