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The Eyes Have It

Philip K. Dick

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The Eyes Have It is a whimsical story, making gentle fun of certain writing styles, but only a topflight science-fictionist like Philip Dick , we thought, could have written this story, in just this way.

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. . .A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance. Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere. But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way….

The Eyes Have It

by PHILIP K. DICK

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Community Reviews

The inside of Philip K Dick's brain is an amazing place.

LitReading Classic Short Stories

"I have absolutely no stomach for it."

The Eyes Have It was a fun read. It is a satirical science fiction story. First published in the year 1953, this story has a nice and interesting blend of wild imagination and the English language. On first thought, it feels pretty silly to read, but after a while, it does become clear that this sto

Taking English phrases literally can lead to craziness.

So... somebody noticed those weird, disembodied eyeballs decades before I was even born! Whew. I'm glad I wasn't just imagining it.

This story is kind of hilarious to readers like me who can't figure out why certain writers seem to enjoy putting their characters' eyeballs through a literary version o

How to Read a Story?

The Eyes Have It is probably as deep as it is short, which would make it square in terms of geometry, but applying our everyday conceptions to PKD means one has got another think coming.

In this little story, we have got an unnamed first-person narrator who found a book on a bus a

Very short whimsical piece. In the hands of Pratchett it would be an amusing episode of word play, with PKD it is resonant of mental illness. Purely down to my reading history.

First published in Science Fiction Stories (1953), “The Eyes Have It” is perhaps the shortest of Philip Dick’s short stories. Although on the surface it appears to be a mere bagatelle, it is also a sophisticated exploration if the idomatic structures of the English language.

It is in the form of a mo

Metonymy at the outer limits. Also, the amorphous structure and expectations of some science fiction.

Geeky Paranoid Protagonist playing literally with the workings of English words. Quite funny and enjoyable wearing his shoes.

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