The Man In The High Castle (S.F. MASTERWORKS) Hardcover – 17 Sep 2009
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Set in 1962, fourteen years after the end of a longer WW2 (1939-1948). The victorious Axis Powers (Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Italy) carved up the world at the end of the war. The Nazis have turned the Mediterranean into a huge agricultural area, killed the entire population of Africa, and most of the Soviet Union, and are sending spaceships to colonise Mars. The Nazis and Japan, the superpowers, are in a Cold War situation.
'The Man in the High Castle' takes place on the West Coast of the USA. In the book the USA is split into The Pacific States of America - a region run by Japan, and the rest of the US run indirectly by the Nazis. The story follows a collection of characters based in San Francisco who are linked either directly or indirectly and who are getting on with their lives.
I really enjoyed the story, and thought Dick's imagined post-War world was interesting and credible. The narrative is occasionally a bit confusing but always stimulating, particularly the detail of daily life. For example the way Japanese culture and customs have come to inform daily life for indigenous Americans.
There is also another story within the story. A bestselling book called 'The Grasshopper Lies Heavy' - a populist Science Fiction novel in which America and the Allies win the Second World War. This book has become successful and so the Nazis want the author killed. This secondary story hints at some of the themes below the surface of the main narrative.
'The Man in the High Castle' made me think about history, and how it is written by the victors. For example, in the alternate world of this book, Churchill is cast as a war criminal. The book also asks other questions about history.Read more ›
This is PKD's most mainstream, and in many ways his most approachable, published work. It is a wonderful analysis of how ordinary Americans might have behaved under totalitarian rule. There is a power vacuum created by the death of Martin Boorman, but the wider political picture remains a backdrop to the inter-connected stories of a selection of "average joes", all of whom are masterfully characterised. As a nod to the "science fiction" categorisation of the book, at the core of the tale is a bestselling, underground book written by a man who supposedly lives in a high castle in the Rockies, and which is a work of alternative history about how the Allies won the war - is it possible that reality could have been changed in some way?Read more ›
The book details a world in which the Axis powers won World War Two and conquered the world. After their victory in 1948, Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan split the USA between them, the East Coast acting as a German puppet state and the West as a Japanese one. The book is set in San Francisco, part of Japanese America (or the Pacific States of America). There are various characters in the story, ranging from Robert Childan- an antique store owner, to Mr Baynes- a Swedish businessman.
There is no "story" in the more traditional sense to be found in this book, it instead concentrates on the lives of various elements of society living underneath the heel of an all-powerful society. One of the most intriguing elements of the novel is a "book-within-a-book" called " The Grasshopper Lies Heavy". This in-novel book also details an alternative history in which *gasp* the Allies win WW2. The most interesting feature of this book is that it portrays the Allies winning the war in a completely different way to in real life. This is one of the most interesting areas of the book, showing that there are never just two ways about anything.
I also found the presentation of society under the yoke of the Japanese to be fascinating, particularly in their deference towards the I Ching, a text consulted to obtain details about the future. Indeed, the whole world of High Castle is very well constructed by Dick, slowly illuminating the watchful reader with small clues about how the war ended the way it did.Read more ›
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Bought this book after watching the Amazon original series, the story is great and shocking with my only issue being with the quality of the book. Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Makari Wilson
I really enjoyed this book. Having seen the first season of the show I wanted to give the book a try as well. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mr G.
My Dad often mentions 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'. I've never heard any one mention this book - yet they're by the same author... And quite frankly I don't know why. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ana
The book felt incomplete and the ending felt rushed and confusing. I feel quite disappointed as I had high expectations. Pity...Published 2 days ago by David
Was interesting to read the work which inspired the television series. Only signed up for Prime to watch the show show and looking forward to Season Two!Published 7 days ago by antfan
Wonderful story about a different future where the nazis win the WWII. I would say that the book is way better than the TV show.Published 7 days ago by TTT
My first time of reading. Interesting take on the Nazis winning and trying to keep the horrors of their regime and past from the people.Published 8 days ago by NJ
It reads like a very bad translation and nothing like the tv series that just came out. I got the book because I wanted to know how the story goes but it has very little to do with... Read morePublished 11 days ago by sophia
Very very complicated and very difficult to follow and badly written. the AMAZON PRIME series is far better and I don't usually say that. But this book was just awfulPublished 11 days ago by Abbi G