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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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Sep 12, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: anyone
Read in August, 2008

One of Phil Dick's best. Written by using a fortune-telling device, The Oracle. It is an alternate history following several loosely related characters in a whold ruled by Japan and Nazi Germany:
Frank Frink has just lost his job and ponders a new venture... the oracle forecasts a huge success for his new buisness while at the same time revealing a huge disaster for everyone.
Juliana Frink has started dating a mysterious man who wants to spend tons of money on her. His temper and war stories terrify her. He's the one that should be scared.
Mr R Childan is an antiques dealer. He's a small minded, racist and intolerant man who is about to find something greater than himself.
Mr Tagomi is a mid level administrator for the Japanese. He's on the verge of making a big deal to acquire new patent rights... But the Oracle tells him his new partner is not what he seems.

Each of these character is living in hell and has simply adapted to it. Each of them finds redemption in an incredibly touching personal way for them. They are offered a glimpse of the true world. When given the choice between the world they know and taking a way out of the looming disaster what will they do?

In the world of the man in high castle evil is all around the characters.. they are permeated in it but somehow they keep their humanity. They inspire each other and this book inspires me.

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