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 innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.
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Unsettling, upsetting, and captivating through every page, The Man in the High Castle forces us to deal with a chilling "what if": how today’s geopolitical landscape would look if the Nazis and their allies had won World War II. Sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick draws us into a subjugated world where nations, including the United States, are divided between Axis powers. As we follow the novel’s thrilling crisscrossing plots of counterfeiting, espionage, and assassinations, we marvel at Dick’s talent for reminding us that history works a lot like a coin toss.
Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost WWII. Some 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), Dick provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality. Tom Weiner reveals an impressive vocal range that delivers the host of characters with distinct culture, class and gender personas, which helps to sort the various plot strands. His prose reading is engaging, though sometimes lacks sufficient emphasis and energy.
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So much more than the TV series
Beautifully wrought characters with enough detail of the alternative universe to fully satisfy "what-if" curiosities. But In the end it is about our world as well.
Half of a great novel
This book is the first half of a great novel. It sets up a very interesting world in an alternate reality, with interesting characters whose storylines become intertwined the way the best stories often do, then it even hints at the reveal of a payoff/crossover into the world we know... then it ends.
The first 50 pages is all you need to get the idea...then STOP.
I don't care or have enough time to attempt articulating my frustration with this book.
In the first 50 pages, you get an idea for what a world dominated by the Nazi empire would look/feel like. Then from there...you read and read, waiting for any kind of plot development...and get nothing!
The book is not meant to be anything more than an author's exercise of vanity, which enabled him to "share his wondrous vision of a masterfully reimagined dystopia".... while writing about (and complementing) himself...all the way up to the rotten, jump-the-shark, final pages.