In Milton Lumky Territory, by Dick, Philip K.
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- ISBN: 9780765316967 | 076531696X
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 4/27/2009
InThe Novels of Philip K. Dick, Kim Stanley Robinson says that "In Milton Lumky Territory. . . is probably the best of Dick's realist novels aside fromConfessions of a Crap Artist," and calls it a "bitter indictment of the effects of capitalism." Dick, on the other hand, in his forward, says "This is actually a very funny book, and a good one, too." Milton Lumky territory is both an area of the western USA and a psychic terrain: the world and world-view of the traveling salesman. The story takes place in Boise, Idaho, with some extraordinary long-distance driving sequences in which our hero (young Bruce Stevens) drives from Boise to San Francisco, to Reno, to Pocatello, to Seattle, and back to Boise in search of a good deal on some wholesale typewriters. He falls under the spell of an attractive older woman, and of Milton Lumky, a middle-aged paper salesman whose territory is the Northwest. And then Bruce and the others slowly sink into the whirlpool of Bruce's immature personal obsessions and misperceptions. A compassionate and ironic portrayal of three characters enmeshed in a sticky web of everyday events, who have a basic failure to communicate,In Milton Lumky Territorystands out among Dick's early works.