The Man Who Japed Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of The Man Who Japed

In the year 2114, Allen Purcell heads his own private research agency in Newer York. Ever since the late 20th century revolution headed by Major Jules Streiter, society has been run by the principles of "Morec" (Moral Reclamation). Most of Allen's work supports Telemedia, the government agency that controls all media communications, according to Morec. When the director of Telemedia announces his retirement, Allen is tapped as the replacement, but Allen has discovered gaps in his memory and evidence that he has been "japing" (which in his industry's terms means parodying, or making fun of a stale theme) some of the pillars of his society, such as Streiter and Telemedia itself. He may be turning into a "noose" (neuro-psychiatric case), so he seeks treatment while trying to keep it a secret from his new bosses. This is one of Dick's simpler but better early novels, first published in 1956.
Click here to see the rest of this review

The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Allen Purcell is comfortably placed in a strict, humourless, bland, extremely moralistic society. Everything seems to be going his way; a long-term lease, the head of a successful company, a promotion in the works. Deep in his subconcious, however, a sense of humour is struggling to break free.
The review of this Book prepared by Robert Hadley

Chapter Analysis of The Man Who Japed

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Composition of Book planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a contemporary society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like The Man Who Japed

Philip K. Dick Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian