The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle

byPhilip K. Dick

Paperback | January 24, 2012

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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&nbsptwenty 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.
Over a writing career that spanned three decades, PHILIP K. DICK (1928-1982) published 36 science-fiction novels and 121 short stories in which he explored the essence of what makes us human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned to deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the na...
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Title:The Man in the High CastleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.67 inPublished:January 24, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547572484

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Love this author First off I'll just say that I love this author; moreover, the premise and idea of the book is quite good. All of that being said, however, this book has aged horribly. It reads very much like someone who was in the midst of the hippy movement and doing all sorts of drugs, which Dick was at the time of the book's production. The television series, on the other hand, is an example of one of those rare and nearly non-existant examples of when a film surpasses its base literature. The television has modernized the content and look in a way that lends itself much better to the material. I would definitely recommend that people read Dick's other books, but that in this case they skip it and opt for the live-action adaptation
Date published: 2017-09-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hugely disappointing Having been a fan of PKD's other works, I wanted to read this before watching the adaptation for TV however I was largely disappointed. I went in with high expectations, since the alternative history dystopia premise really appealed to me and seemed to have a lot of potential. However, I found the execution to be lacking: the plot never seems to amount to anything and the characters all seem only superficially developed, especially the women (or woman). I was bored.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I wanted to read this book before watching the TV series. I have read and enjoyed other works by PKD, and was intrigued by the premise. Although this book started off with a lot of promise, I was disappointed. In general it felt like the plot was lacking, so I never felt engaged and the characters seemed flat and one dimensional. The female characters in particular seemed vapid and pointless. I just felt that the execution failed to live up to the potential of the idea.
Date published: 2017-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite novels of all time one of dick's many great sci-fi novels. It's the most fascinating of alternative history fiction
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought it was good. The imagined dystopia of a world split between the victorious Reich and Imperial Japan is chilling and realistic.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This was an interesting read on a different world that might have become. I started watching the tv series and it looks amazing.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A different take than TV show It may be a mistake to do what I have done and read The Man in the High Castle after watching the TV series. After all there's going to be a lot of divergence turning a 240 page novel into two seasons of hour long shows. What's important is avoid the trap of trying to line up the characters and instead just focus on the words on the page. It's a fascinating story on the page. Sure it whip saws between many characters and different streams of the story, but it all hangs together. The what ifs of a world ruled after a Nazi and Japanese victory in WW2 are spun out in a way that you constantly crave more details. Read this before or after viewing the show. Just avoid connecting the two too much.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed This seemed like such a unique and intriguing plot with great potential but the book moves slowly and at times is hard to follow
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sometimes hard to follow Cerebral, for sure, TMITHC is not as much about the brewing tensions between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan after the Axis won World War 2 (alternative reality, of course), but instead looks at America and how it would have changed (or remained the same depending on how you look at it) if they had lost. There are any number of characters who are not who you think they are, and an equally stunning number of people who go through dramatic change by the end of the novel. Makes your head spin at times. The changes these people go through are necessary though as they strive to resume what it was to be American before they lost Philip K. Dick's alternative WW2. Let me give you an example: Mr. R. Childan sells real American artifacts to curious Japanese people who want to better understand the American culture. However, throughout the novel, Childan comes to realize that he can better show his relatively kind Japanese successors what it is to be American by selling them new and original jewelry wrought by American hands. Do you get it?? At times the writing of the novel is so heavy and industrious that my head started swimming with the many multi-syllabic words crammed onto each page. At times I wanted to give up, but was glad in the end that I didn't as I believe the lesson ultimately is "the more things change, the more they stay the same".
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh Not what I was expecting but still a fine book.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting novel Great alternative history fiction
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic I just can't give this more than 3 stars. I thought the world was really well fleshed out with historical references and some speculative technology (apparently, we would have been to Mars in the 1960's). And the popular in-world book that is approximation of our own history is a clever device to make the characters dissect their own situation. The characters were okay. It was nice to see the world from the vastly different POV's of the this alternate society, but I just didn't find them that likeable. The plot is slow for most of the novel but they finish up by the end. There's a of interesting ways the several plotlines could go, but what actually happens feels rushed and is ultimately unsatisfying. Despite my issues, I'd still recommend this book to sci-fi readers. And I did like it more than my only other previous experience with Philip K Dick, (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?).
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh More a social commentary than a book with a plot. Kind of just ended without much closure...
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impossible to put down This is how alternative history should be written. I cannot recommend it more.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Another great read from a wonderful author, it is at times hard to follow, but a must read for any fans of his work
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Going to take a while... Pkd was borderline psychotic when he wrote this and it's pretty clear...
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Going to take a while... A great read. A good alternate history book. It was hard to follow at times but still a great read nonetheless.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read. A neat look into a world with an alternate history and the impact it has on the people living in it. A little confusing at times but it all comes together.
Date published: 2013-07-04