The Man in the High Castle

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jan 24, 2012 - Fiction - 272 pages
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“The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.” – New York Times

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 twenty 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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Great experimental writing. - LibraryThing
And the ending is extremely unsatisfying. - LibraryThing
Philip K. Dick is excellent at characterization. - LibraryThing
Things happen, but there is no real plot in this book. - LibraryThing
Thought the ending was a bit anticlimactic. - LibraryThing
Plotline is just really shallow. - LibraryThing

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This was not what I was expecting. I am used to big overarching stories about worlds and people and times. This was more little peeks into individual scenes in people's lives. It was good, of course ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

I'm not sure what I was supposed to expect from this novel of conjecture, but I was disappointed. Although it did address life in the U.S. in a post-WWII world in which the Allies lost, it didn't ... Read full review

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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 man human and the dangers of centralized power. Toward the end of his life, his work turned toward deeply personal, metaphysical questions concerning the nature of God. Eleven novels and short stories have been adapted to film; notably: Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall, Minority Report, and A Scanner Darkly. The recipient of critical acclaim and numerous awards throughout his career, Dick was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2005, and in 2007 the Library of America published a selection of his novels in three volumes. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

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