The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books,, 2011.
Edition: First Mariner books edition.
Copyright Date: ©1990
ISBN: 9780547572482
Branch Call Number: SCF DICK
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 21 cm


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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jun 04, 2020

While stylistically choppy (perhaps an authorial device to mimic Japanese language conventions), this is a really interesting sci fi novel that is NOTHING like the television series...but is still super cool. I found the overt racism really off-putting until I recognized that it was being used to make a point about how structural racist ideas really are. Well worth a read!

Apr 09, 2020

This book started off really slowly. I asked what the author was trying to do with his tone and pacing in the beginning because it was unlike one his books I've read before and liked. Seemed to not follow Dick's M.O.. My husband said he was trying to take say that Nazis are bad, and if they were in charge now, our world would be grey and boring and dismal. I get none of that from the first three chapters. There's just a lot of scenes where the narrator tries to tell us every time he sees a Japanese person that they are so exotic and educated, dignified, elegant, and attractive. I don't want a perfectly morally upright character, it's okay if they are flawed, but calling race of people exotic and attractive and possibly superior, makes me reeeeeeeally uncomfortable. Dropping this book like a hot potato, sorry Philip.

Dec 20, 2019

So compelling, I couldn't put it down. Some story lines are not resolved, but the final pages made me turn back to the beginning to read again. An eye-opener on the victors and the vanquished. Use of language without articles in the Japanese territory was fascinating. Highly recommended!

Oct 25, 2019

Well drawn characters, psychologically insightful, with a well rendered background. The weak point, as with many of Dick's other books, is that there isn't much of a plot. Worth reading nonetheless.

Jun 27, 2019

Can't wait to read it.

Jan 18, 2019

One of the key novels of "the Sixties" vs "the '60s."

An engrossing read! I very much enjoyed reading this, and would love to read more. The ending is quite introspective, but also a bit infuriating.

Jun 22, 2018

Not quite what I expected it to be, however it was a good surprise. PKD Never disappoints me.

Apr 24, 2018

I am watching the Amazon Prime version of the Man in the High Castle. The book and the AP series have almost nothing in common with each other beyond the same names for some of the characters. Usually the book is more in depth than the Hollywood version, but this is not the case here. The book is almost all background set-up with what action there is coming toward the end.

Andrew Kyle Bacon
Feb 28, 2018

Philip K. Dick novels often follow a particular pattern, that makes his books difficult to enjoy one-after-the-other, but gives them a familiar (if predictable) quality. His books tend to shift perspectives, not focusing on plot so much as tone and setting, there is often a religious system appealed to by the characters such as Mercerism (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) or the I Ching (The Man in the High Castle), and his plots often end on a simple philosophical question that gives the overall narrative no direct resolution. In this way, I think Dick is far more interested in provoking thought in his readers than he is in simply entertaining them with a narrative contrivance. The Man in the High Castle is largely a plotless book, and merely explores different aspects of what the world might look like had Germany and Japan won the war. Yet Dick forces his readers to remember that they are reading fiction, creating a strange meta-narrative wherein the reader wonders what the implications are for the characters in the book, only to be reminded that once the book is closed the characters cease to exist. Even within a story looking at alternative history, the alternative history is an untruth: it is fiction.

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