The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

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"The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick's career." -- New York Times

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.

Winner of the Hugo Award
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, c1990.
Edition: 1st Mariner Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780547572482
Branch Call Number: FIC DICK
Characteristics: 274 p. ; 21 cm.


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Jan 06, 2018

Best of PDK's work I've read thus far. I think I enjoyed this more than most people because I have a very good working knowledge of Taoism. If you're interested in reading this novel, I suggest first reading some intro to Taoism book, as the Tao is found through The Man in the High Castle. I think you'll get more out of it that way. My favourite character was Tagomi. I love how PKD wrote his thoughts. His crisis at the end was a page-turner! Least favourite character was Juliana. PKD is terrible at writing female characters because he makes them so one-sided and stereotypical. The Man in the High Castle definitely wasn't what I expected, which I think is what makes it such a great book!

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Oct 13, 2017

The book looks at what the United States would have looked like in the 1960s if the Axis Powers had won World War II. In this parallel world, Franklin Roosevelt was assassinated in 1933, changing history so that the United States did not have the power to win against the Axis Powers. Instead of focusing on the global events, the book follows individuals living in a terrifying world. The small details in the book, where one slip up can ruin lives, show how fraught and tense this alternative world is. Most of the story takes place in occupied San Francisco, with some sections taking place in the Neutral States along the Rocky Mountains. In California, Frank leaves his job and starts a jewelry business with a former coworker. His company strikes a deal with Robert Childan, an antiques dealer who supplies American folk artifacts that are popular with his Japanese customers. Also in San Francisco, Tagomi and Baynes are meeting for business, even though neither seems to trust the other. Meanwhile Frank’s ex-wife, Juliana meets a strange truck driver named Joe in the Neutral States. There is a book within the book called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy which discusses what would have happened if The Allied Forces had won the war.

Sep 29, 2017

Philip K. Dick was certainly a brilliant man and a gifted writer. His imagined dystopia of a world split between the victorious Reich and Imperial Japan is chilling and realistic.

Sep 02, 2017

Dull little piece about the Axis having not really won. Like the rest of Dick's canon, proof that people in the past didn't have that much imagination.

Aug 18, 2017

This book was in a display of "Alternate Facts" at TCCL's Schusterman-Benson Library.

It describes life in the USA after the Axis Powers win the war. Although I was told the book is not science fiction, the last few pages suggest otherwise. The author carefully describes the characteristics of Americas's new rulers, right down to speech mannerisms. The governing styles of the Japanese and Germans are quite believable, recognizing that the Germans in this telling are Nazis. Users of the I Ching should give the book a try. This is fun reading, even more than 50 years after its publication.

Mark_Daly Aug 14, 2017

If you're new to Dick's particular brand of weirdness and don't mind a slow pace, this is as good a place as any to start.

Apr 27, 2017

I bought this because we watch the TV show. The book is SO different! PKD is a fantastic writer - he deserves all of his accolades. The end totally blew my mind. I'm still trying to figure it out. Anyone who enjoys alternate-history novels and novels with a philosophical twist should enjoy this.

Apr 22, 2017

The book starts out incredibly slow with many chapters of characters I didn't care for. Juliana isn't as likable as in the show but eventually her story becomes intriguing when she attempts to meet "The Man In The High Castle". I also enjoyed Frank, Mr. Tagomi and Robert Childan. A fun look at an alternative history and those adapting in it.

Feb 11, 2017

There is a book within a book ( " The Grasshopper Lies Heavy " ) that is meant as a subversive critique of the reigning regime, but is that book really meant to be the very one you are holding ( The Man in the High Castle )? A topsy turvy look at a North America held under the thrall of fascism.

Dec 22, 2016

Amazing !!!! 420 >> The show is awesome true to PKD

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