The Man in the High Castle

An Electrifying Novel of Our World as It Might Have Been

The Man in the High Castle (1962, G. P. Putnam's Sons)

English language

Published Oct. 8, 1962 by G. P. Putnam's Sons.

OCLC Number:
504595

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4 stars (17 reviews)

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.

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Really interesting piece of alternate history. This book, by far, is one of Phillip K. Dick's least sci-fi themed works, instead it builds a credible world based on what would have happened if Germany and Japan had won WWII. Very unique and interesting characters fill the book and drive the story at different times. The story focuses on the different things each character believes about reality, and how each character is able to cope living in a totalitarian society. As per usual PKD, the story starts to go off the rails a bit toward the end, however it is definitely still worth a read. I think the overall meaning of theme of the book is that reality is both always plural and always mutable.

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Subjects

  • fascism

Places

  • San Francisco
  • California
  • Berlin

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