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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius?, 16 Mar 2008
This review is from: The Man in the High Castle (Essential Penguin) (Paperback)
I first read this in my teens, and I think that much of the subtlety passed me by. I have just aquired a new copy from Amazon,decorated with one of the most un-pc book sleeves you are likely to come across ( not a "tube-reader" folks)! I have just finished reading it, and well, this is clearly a work of genius. The book for anyone who hasn't yet read it, contrasts a novel, The Grasshopper Lies Down, about our post-1945 world; within a novel where the Axis powers won the Second World War. Japanese- controlled West Coast of USA is honourable,spiritual and superstitious, and speak in clipped English; whereas the Nazi-controlled Eastern seaboard is materialistic and technologically advanced. Africa has been obliterated as an extension of the Final Solution. Dick's book questions the exact nature of history and reality; that what is real is only relative to the individuals own experience.
I have to say that I didn't wholly understand the ending; if anyone can explain this I would be grateful! I have read lengthy reviews which suggest that the world in Abendson's book is in fact, the real history of the 20th century. But this doesn't work for me.
If you think the previous paragraph contradicts my praise for this book, you are missing the point. It is a process-based novel and the ending is largely irrelevant, in my opinion anyway.
Has this novel ever been made into a film?
If not, why?
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Initial post: 21 Aug 2011 16:25:28 BDT
F. Roberts says:
I think that the characters in the book do indeed realise that they are in a work of fiction and that our world is their world`s fiction. I think that Dick is setting up a deliberate paradox loop here. And also making a Buddhist point. In so far as the characters do reach a solution, the solution is to discover that things aren`t really that bad because they, the characters, don`t actually really exist

Posted on 31 Jul 2012 14:58:52 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 05:15:26 BDT
Mark Barrett says:
No, it was written by a tortured but brilliant imagination, by somebody i bet, who wouldn't give himself the adolescent,twit of a pseudonym: Odin's magic staff.

Posted on 29 Jul 2014 22:13:41 BDT
Several interpretations of the books ending are possible. Just think about and let them work in you :)
Ok, my favourite one is an interpretation of resistance. The oracle does not agree with an ever Nazi world which is outside of the range of its calculations.
Its paradox answer says: if you are fatalist, if you believe in my prophecies you are already lost.
The oracle says: Leave the cage of my predetermined lines, walk your own way
It says: For your owns sake, rescue the world ... and make my prophecy happen.
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