Le guérisseur de cathédrales by Philip K. Dick

By Philip K. Dick

Joe Farnwright ne vit que par son métier. Homme ordinaire broyé par une société rigide et tyrannique, Joe recolle des morceaux de céramique, il guérit des objets avec un expertise merveilleux. Hélas, arrive un jour où plus personne n'a besoin de ses providers. Il sombre lentement jusqu'à ce qu'un message venu de l'espace donne un nouveau tournant à sa vie misérable.
Une entité extraterrestre souhaite l'engager, lui et d'autres individus venant des quatre cash de los angeles galaxie, pour une entreprise titanesque : restaurer une cathédrale au fond de l'océan, sur une planète lointaine. Alors Joe n'hésite pas, il half et rejoint un étrange équipage. Cette créature pourra peut-être les sauver...

Un très beau roman du maître Philip okay. Dick, où l'on retrouve le thème de l'aliénation de l'homme dans los angeles société et un héros perdu, en quête de libre arbitre et d'espoir.

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He stepped back slightly, shaking his head. “Never saw such a resemblance. ” “No,” Bart lied flatly. “Aldebaran. ” With undiscourageable friendliness, Tommy stuck out a hand. “Say, that bell means dinner, why don’t we go down together? ” Bart felt warmed and drawn, but sensibly he knew he could not keep up the pretense. Sooner or later, he’d give himself away, use some habitual phrase or gesture Tommy would recognize. Should he take a chance—reveal himself to Tommy and ask him to keep quiet? No.

He caught a glimpse of himself in one of the mirror-ramps, a tall thin strange form in a metallic cloak, head crested with feathery white, and felt overwhelmingly homesick for his own familiar face. He was beginning to feel hungry, and realized that he could not go into an ordinary restaurant without attracting attention. There were refreshment stands all over the spaceport, and he briefly considered getting a snack at one of these. T H E C O L O R S O F S PAC E | 61 No, that was just putting it off.

The needle went into his arm. He felt himself sinking into sleep, and, in sudden panic, realized that he was helpless. The 32 | M AR I O N Z I M M E R B R AD L E Y ship would touch down on three worlds, and on any of them the Lhari might have his description, or his alias! He could be taken off, drugged and unconscious, and might never wake up! He tried to move, to protest, to tell them he was changing his mind, but already he was unable to speak. There was a freezing moment of intense, painful cold.

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