Down, vain lights, shine you no more!
No nights are black enough for those
That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.
Light doth but shame disclose.
Jason Taverner is a showbiz star: during his life he was singer and a tv presenter and he is surrounded by charming women like Heater Heart; moreover he is a six, so a human being with improved DNA.
The day following the end of his show Jason gets up in an anonymous motel room and he will have to face the fact that nobody remembers him and that there are no documents proving his existence.
In this novel, with extreme lucidity, Dick brings us in Jason’s nightmare, dominated by suspicion, paranoia and uncertainty.
Jason must face the police, the true power that holds up the nation, noting how, once spotted out, it’s impossible to be left alone.
The main character, in his fight for survival, meets various characters, some who could have recognized him, some new living at the border of the society.
The novel is linear and easy to read, there are no tricks or deceits, at the end the reader will know the truth. As in lots of his novel the writer inserts the theme of the non overlapping realities: Jason had a role in society but suddenly nobody remember him; the paranoia and the anguish derived from this event are in this case the cornerstone of the novel and the starting point to understand the social consequences of a police state, where the minimum event can arise suspicion and often a hasty punishment; an extreme situation that in some case is more real than one can imagine.
* Flow my tears, the policeman said by Philip K. Dick ★★★★☆
*I read this book in English