The Man in the High Castle
By Philip K. Dick
- Release Date: 2017-02-28
- Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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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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.
Not the Amazon Prime story. But you should read it.
If you buy the book expecting the story portrayed in the series on Amazon Prime you will be disappointed. This book though, is quite good.
Surprisingly short, it is packed with a good storyline, that is both fictional and a philosophy book in one.
No one writes like Dick. His prose is economical, and yet always vivid. His stories are so clever and thought-provoking. At the simplest, "The Man in the High Castle" is about an alternate reality, but more deeply it is about all reality and our constant struggle to perceive and understand it.
I had a great time reading it!
A Unique Language
The unique language of PKD in this novel lends a deeper and more profound insight into the concept of the story. While the Amazon series was more entertaining, per say, the novel (quite different), leaves more up to the reader.
I was so excited to read this book. The premise is fascinating, but the execution is lacking. We get glimpses into an axis-led world, but much is suggested in passing and not well developed. The plot lines he chose to follow are odd and not well fleshed out in many cases. The dialog is stilted. Based on the reviews and hype over the TV series, I expected so much more.
Half a novel
This book has a really interesting premise. This book has really interesting characters. This book has really interesting plot development. Then it stops in the middle and never finishes. Feels like half a novel. Plot is truncated. Characters are truncated. It feels like walking on a partially completed bridge and then falling into the Grand Canyon.
A Hard Read
The Man in The High Castle was a very difficult book to read. There was no real depth to the characters and not enough detail in the back-story. None of the situations ever really get resolved. If you were thinking about reading it to gain some insight into the current TV show of the same title, you will have wasted your time.
A Great Alternative History Novel
This is one of Dick's finest works. He explores how things may have come about if certain events hadn't occurred in the past. He basically invents a modern day genre with this novel. Not for the faint of heart, or for blind patriots.
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.