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...more
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[Original review, Feb 22 2016]
DISCLAIMER: It would evidently be irresponsible to call Donald Trump a Nazi merely on the strength of a recent speech in which he suggested it would be desirable to shoot Muslims using bullets dipped in pig's blood. A more plausible interpretation is that this is no more than the result of dispassionately calculating that the upside in terms of increasing his attractiveness to the ignorant racist demographic is larger than the downside in terms of decreasing his app ...more
Scientifically and politically, this is absolute genius. The way Philip K. Dick masterfully rewrites history and expertly portrays this alternate United States is quite incredible and I can easily see why the guy has such a huge following. That being said, this novel is what I would call "hard sci-fi", and though it is undeniably clever, I think what it lacks is a human touch. I found it hard to care about any of the mish-mash of characters, which for me means that I ultimately found it hard ...more
WELCOME TO 1962
It is impossible that ours is the only world; there must be world after world unseen by us, in some region or dimension that we simply do not perceive.
This book is a frightening glimpse of how our world could been if the Axis Powers would have won the World War II.
The Nazi Germany and the Imperial Japan won and they divided the planet between them. Even the United States is now divided with the East Coast dominated by Na ...more
Fans of Philip K. Dick and science fiction might be underwhelmed by The Man in the High Castle since, other than passing mention of cross- continent rocket-ship travel and a German exploration of Mars, there really isn’t any science or signature PKD craziness or large-scale action; rather, Dick’s 1962 book is alternative history, the aftermath in the United States after Germany and Japan win World War II and a novel of ideas.
There are a number of crisscrossing plots, colorful main characters, a ...more
If Franklin Delano Roosev ...more
The dystopia he describes - particularly the horrors of unbridled f ...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.
Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent ...more
It is the story of a segmented and defeated United States after the Axis powers won World War II. This alternate history actually began in the thirties as Roosevelt is described as having been assassinated. Taking a roving perspective amidst several characters and some loosely connected interwoven storylines, PKD explores a world where America is divided into three distin ...more
So what's all the fuss about? Why do people think this PKD is the bomb? Why did it ea ...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
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
It’s a bit of a stretch to call this science fiction. Alternate history, Germany/Japan win WWII. Ahead of it’s time, probably. I’m currently reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, more science fiction. One interesting aspect of this novel was the inclusion of an alternate history novel inside the story line titled *The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, wherein the Allies win the war. Clever touch.
*A novel published in 2015 borrows the title of Dick’s imagined novel. I understand it’ ...more
Only because i expected a different kind of story so it's maybe my fault.
Sometimes the writing went a bit over my head though.
I thought the different stories would connect more.
I was disappointed with this book; it ended up going nowhere. Perhaps there was simply too much “other stuff” besides the plot (like the Zen and Eastern mysticism) in it to make it a worthwhile read for me. It seemed like an overwhelmingly large number characters constantly consult the I Ching for guidance, which has no appeal to me whatsoever.
Okay, speaking of plot, or lack thereof. The book takes place in Japanese-controlled western United States (The United States lost World War II, a ...more
-- The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
This is one of those weird, unsettling novels that spins your brain in six or seven different directions.
I read this PKD masterpiece almost two months ago, but only just recently returned to review it because after finishing, I wasn't ready to review. After I read more of him, I realized that even when he is messy, strange, disjointed and sometimes yes >>touched<< Philip K Dick is one MuthaF'er that defi ...more
Of course, when considered literally Dick’s fictitious tale has nothing to do with our present situation, but there is a threatening truth to his parable because we must remember that the German popu ...more
When one is afraid of heights, and terrors are in the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along and desire fails; because all must go to their eternal home, and the mourners will go about the streets;
Welcome to your alternative nightmare.
Let me set the canvas. Allies have lost the war. Japan and Nazis have divided up the fallen countries. Jews and other groups are still being hunted down. Slavery is legal again. Nazis have mastered space tra ...more
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Who would have thought that Philip K. Dick’s 1962 Hugo Winner about the Axis powers winning WWII would be brought to film, and not just as a single movie, but as a big-budget multi-season drama series from Amazon and produced by Ridley Scott. Stranger than fiction, as they say.
I always have two questions for film adaptations: 1) How closely does it follow the book, a ...more
RE-VISIT via miniseries. A glimpse into an alternate history of North America. What life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war. Episode information is wiki sourced.
Episode 1: "The New World":The series starts in 1962. The first episode follows the lives of three people: Joe Blake, a young man in the Greater Nazi Reich, who is later revealed to be an SS c ...more
In The Man in the High Castle president Roosevelt is assassinated, which leads to him being succeeded by governments embracing traditional American isolationism - which not only keep the country largely out of World War 2, but ...more
Se me ha hecho eterno, denso, no he conseguido meterme en la historia en ningún momento... pero por otro lado, tiene ideas tan increíbles y me ha hecho recapacitar sobre tantas cosas...
Me ha encantado el final, las realidades paralelas, la reflexión que hace sobre el arte... En conclusión, la lectura no la he disfrutado mucho pero me ha dado bastante que pensar, y no se le puede pedir nada mejor a un libro.
“On some other world, possibly it is different. Better. There are clear good and evil alternatives. Not these obscure admixtures, these blends, with no proper tool by which to untangle the components.”
― Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle
I vividly recall instances of a 12-year-old me posing theories to my peers -and they to me -as to what the world would look like had the Axis powers won WW II. What was the impetus? Well, after seeing Sav ...more
Midway through The Man ...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
The basic story is that the Allies lost World War II: Nazi Germany rules the eastern half of th ...more
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