The Man in the High Castle
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 20 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 i...more
I mean, it's so many things tied up in a slim little volume - an alt-history "what if Germany and Japan had won the Second World War," a meditation on the inability to ever accurately try to reconstruct what-might-have-beens, one of the most interesting literary experiments I've ever read, a look at chance and fate in how the world unfolds, and a book that can definitely bend your sense of reality.
The alt-history portion takes place after Germany and Japan have d...more
It has been said that Dick was the most skeptical writer in the history of science fiction towards the idea that the world of normal human perception actually reflects ultimate reality. After his thought and writing took a more Christian turn in the early 1970s (though he was always a professed...more
I don’t know why this is, but for some reason at the library where I work as a sexy librarian (catwoman glasses and tight turtleneck sweaters are standard issue) it has been decided by my co-workers that I am the go to guy when it comes to all matters concerning science fiction and fantasy novels. I find this odd considering I haven’t read a fantasy novel in about eight years and I can count the number of sci-fi novels I have read in my life on one metaphorical hand...more
Dick has several problems as an author. His drug use and chaotic lifestyle are widely accepted explanations for the slap-dash quality of some of his output. It does seem sometim...more
"So what's that about?"
"Well, it's scifi. Or rather speculative fiction."
"Er, hm. No. I don't do scifi."
"But it's got Nazis!"
"Oh my god I love Nazis!"
Another conversation involved me explaining to a white guy how interesting I (a half-Ja...more
So, right. I chose this book blindly. Never read PKD before, although I have seen a few of the movies based on his work, and they are all interesting, to say the least. Having just read the amazetastic 11/22/63 by the King, I was in something of an alternate history mindset,...more
Si tratta di sciogliere delle sovrapposizioni, di vederle singolarmente e di ricomporle in una sintesi, il tutto senza svelare la trama del romanzo perché toglierei all'eventuale lettore il gusto della scoperta. Incrocio le dita.
Partirei dal titolo: "La svastica sul sole" potrebbe avere come significato "Il sole sul sole ": la svastica o svastika rappresenta secon...more
Dick seems to have been a very good writer who could have been a magnificient writer -- but who just had too much of the hack in him. He had an astonishinly fertile and vivid imagination, and the ability to bring the reader to a seriousness that is utterly convincing, only to descend into useless plot twists, pseudo-mysticisms (iChing, and the like. It appears, in fact, as if he would start with a great idea, a few star paragraphs (like Bayn...more
This is n...more
Update 08 Feb 2013
Read this for the third or fourth time this past week. As good as ever. It's a story that passes the test of time. Such an interesting concept. It's the first alternate history type story that I ever read. It's an alternate history within an alternate history. The basic premise is that Japan and Germany w...more
There was like this weird interconnected plotline between all the characters, but I don't think it was even really relevant to anything. Japan and Germany won World War II. America has these little hold out places and The Man in the High Castle wrote an alternative history book where America and Great Britain won the war instead. Then you have this whole antique collection angle and people schemeing to reignite wars. I just ha...more
Set in the then-present day of 1962, The Man in the High...more
Trecentodue pagine per non dire assolutamente niente se non che gli uomini sono spesso confusi sulle scel...more
This is, to say the least, not the strategy employed by Dick. Almost 70 years have passed since the conclusion of the second world war, so the Gasp factor of imagining a world where the allies lost t...more
In this post-WWII novel, Dick assumes that the Nazis and Japan won WWII, and have since divided up the world. The story follows several different characters (wh...more
Well this book is fully loaded; and my review for it has taken a long time. Part of the reason for the long time, is the fear that I will not quit get the gist of the book, how do I summarize something that is so broad in its perspective.
The first time I saw Blade Runner, and then heard that it was an adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, I fell in love with his mind and the time portrayed there, the architecture, and the lovely cyborgs. I fe...more
Remarkable that no one has filmed it, considering that it's almost certainly his best novel and many others have become movies.
The other day, there was a...more
The alternate reality of a world where the Axis won WWII is very interesting and well thought out in my opinion. Also, the characters in this book seem realistically complex and deep, especially when compared to those in the other books I've read recently (Snow Crash and Neuromancer). Juliana was particularly interesting and her scenes were very well written. Generally the plot line is pretty good.
But as good as the characters are, I did find that the main male cha...more
Eventually, however, I couldn't see how...more
A leitura é um pouco difícil de início, dada a multiplicidade de perspetivas narrativas. Assim que se ultrapassa este obstáculo, essa mesma perspetiva narrativa torna-se um dos aspetos mais interesssantes do livro.
Reflete sobre a construção de uma narrativa de ficção científica (e sobre o que é, de facto, ficção científica), a partir de um romance que as personagens leem, e em vo...more
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