The Man in the High Castle Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1992
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The most brilliant sci-fi mind on any planet Rolling Stone California's own William Blake. Visionary and prophet Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the "I Ching" is as common as the "Yellow Pages." All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake. " --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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The Man in the High Castle is another brilliant and thought provoking novel. It is an engrossing and fun read as well, and a true classic of science fiction.
This is science fiction only in it being set in an alternate history. There are no zapotron rays or electroframmistans to muddle the scenery between the characters and the world they're in. Read it carefully, because it's a PKD novel and that means you're going on a schizophrenic ride somewhere in the novel.
This one schizes out at the end, where many PKD books discharge their psychedelic payloads, and that freaks out a lot of the straights in the general population. They miss the point that PKD is about shifting frames of reality and that the end itself sets you up with a question as to which world you live in and the dilemma of being forced to disbelieve things you enjoy and the pain of having them vanish for you.
Most humans don't get PKD, but he's all the rage on Yuggoth. Tentacles up on this one.
For those who've never heard of this book, "Castle" offers an oppressed and subjugated America long since conquered by the Axis powers of the War. America is divided between the Japanese consolidated states of the Pacific coast and the German dominated eastern-American sphere - though Dick suggests the Nazis as the more ambitious of the two victors. Still a militaristic society, the Japanese themselves are comparatively benign - polite invaders who maintain their occupation from restricted enclaves while spending their time acquiring "Americana" (American swords, billboards, vintage clothes, jewelry, etc..) The Germans have been busier, and Dick hints early that, as far as Germany is concerned, the Earth isn't big enough for two empires. The horrors of the Nazi genocide aren't fleshed out - Dick stays deliberately vague - there are hints of a horror in Africa, while the futuristic Nazis share the racial ideas of the historical Nazis. Between the Japanese and German dominated territories, a vast no-man's land exists in which people try to survive by exploiting each side's distrust of the other, guided by the I-Ching. When the novel opens, we learn that the Nazis are on the verge of planning two new wars - one against their enemies, but firs a battle among their own inner circle. At the center of everything lives the man of the castle himself - a recluse who has penned an underground best-selling novel which brazenly exalts and America that actually won WWII.
As a straight novel, "Castle" is an incredible disappointment.Read more ›
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Very confusing. The story feels disjointed and incomplete. I usually enjoy alternate reality tales. The characters don't quite mesh and they lose their way.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have no idea what the point of that book was. D
on't waste your time on it.
Bought this book because of the TV show, but just like any other adopted series, book is different from the show. Read morePublished 6 months ago by alex kinzburg
Very dry and boring, and poorly written. I made it to chapter 7, but nothing had taken place, so I decided not to continue. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Noremac
I enjoy books that require you to fill in the blanks. Well written and proactive and leaves you thinking about long after you have finished reading.Published 7 months ago by figamus
QUESTION for those who purchased the new red and black cover: when purchased was it the cover with eagle (as shown), or the swastika (as I have seen on other covers). Read morePublished 8 months ago by Nicky