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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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The novel presents an alternative reality in which the Nazis and the Japanese were the victors in WWII, have become the superpowers, and have divided the United States between them. Another alternative to the war's end is captured in the book at the center of the novel, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy where the Allies were successful, but also varies from history. Added to this conflicting mix are power struggles, an aging Hitler, assassination attempts, blackmail, counterfeit goods, entrenched spying, and the I Ching. What starts out as a fascinating question about what might have happened becomes mired in so many plots and subplots, mundane conversations, and the anxious machinations of many of the novel's characters, that it was a struggle to finish the book. Leave it to the infamously paranoid Philip K. Dick to place the author in the center of a coordinated assassination attempt over this controversial novel that supposedly tells the truth...
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Reading Progress

June 21, 2018 – Shelved
June 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 21, 2018 – Shelved as: book-becomes-movie
June 21, 2018 – Shelved as: dystopia
December 7, 2018 – Started Reading
June 14, 2019 – Shelved as: good-concept-bad-execution
June 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

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