In Milton Lumky Territory

Author(s): Philip K Dick


In "The Novels of Philip K. Dick," Kim Stanley Robinson states that ""In Milton Lumky Territory" . . . is probably the best of Dick's realist novels aside from "Confessions 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 (who used to be his school teacher) and Milton Lumky, a middle-aged paper salesman whose territory is the Northwest. And then Bruce and the others slowly sink into the whirlpool of his immature personal obsessions and misperceptions.
A compassionate and ironic portrayal of three characters enmeshed in a sticky web of everyday events, in a tension between love and money, with a basic failure to communicate, "In Milton Lumky Territory" stands out among Dick's early works.


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General Fields

  • : 9780765316950
  • : 0.327
  • : April 2008
  • : 212mm X 146mm X 21mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Philip K Dick
  • : Hardback
  • : 813.54
  • : 221