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The Man in the High Castle | [Philip K. Dick]

The Man in the High Castle

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. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.
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Publisher's Summary

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. It's all because, some 20 years earlier, the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that first established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction, breaking the barrier between genre fiction and the serious novel of ideas. Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to awake.

©1962 Philip K. Dick; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novel, 1963

"Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation....We have our own homegrown Borges." (Ursula K. LeGuin)

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    sona Pearl River, NY, United States 11-15-11
    sona Pearl River, NY, United States 11-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "what a snore"

    author managed to turn a perfectly scintillating title into a dead-boring morass of nothingness, focusing on the unedifying daily minutae of faceless characters, a confusing and much too much read-between-the-lines script leaves the listener lost & uninterested.
    If you've finished reading the phone book and manuals in the house when sleepless, then this may be the one for you.

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    Richard 07-04-09
    Richard 07-04-09

    Likes intelligent mysteries, spy thrillers, world history, most anything Roman. Hates bad writing.

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    "Brilliant and thought provoking"

    The social dimensions of contra-factual history here (Germany and Japan win WWII) are executed brilliantly, evoking a credible and thought-provoking image of what an America occupied by Japan and Germany would look like 15 or so years after the end of the war. Dick is at his best writing about society and human nature. He is relatively weak when it comes to dealing with technological change--something which is glaringly apparent now, decades later. However, this is a minor shortcoming in what is otherwise a tour de force. Note: I found the narration perfectly acceptable.

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    Rae St KildaAustralia 08-04-08
    Rae St KildaAustralia 08-04-08 Member Since 2009
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    "This is an excellent piece of work."

    Totally loved this story and the reader did an excellent job!

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    "A great idea, but what happened to the story????"

    The idea of a post WWII world where the US lost the war was so intriguing that I thought I just had to give this one a listen.... I nearly shut it off several times! I can deal with the silly accents any reader tries in performing a reading, if the story is good. This one fell far short of "good". It was the kind of story that just starts becoming rich and interesting then dries out. Tries again at interesting then dies out again. Finally leaving you at the end of the book wondering why you wasted your time with it at all. All along the way I kept wondering where the story was going only to realize at the end it had no destination, conclusion or even a cogent thought. It was a dismal entertainment failure and the only thought it provoked was should I continue this audio torture or shut it off and count it a loss. I chose the torture! Do yourself a favor, don't choose torture....

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Mountain View, CA, United States 06-30-12
    John Mountain View, CA, United States 06-30-12 Member Since 2010

    1 book, deserted island: Replay|Series: A Song of Ice and Fire|Should be required in school: Starship Troopers|Finished: Ready Player One

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    "Even if I don't like you, don't waste you time."
    What would have made The Man in the High Castle better?

    Nothing I can think of. It was a disjointed mess.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philip K. Dick again?

    Yes, read / listening to Ubik now. I enjoyed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.


    What about Tom Weiner???s performance did you like?

    Liked the voice inflections for the Japanese speakers and thinkers. The halting German was good as well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Man in the High Castle?

    The whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    The story really is a mess. Robert Childen, Frank Fink, what the heck do they have do do with the plot? All they do is flesh out events. Julia? "Oh, ya. I killed him for you." Abendsen, "Oh, OK, thanks." WTH? Exceptionally lame ending.

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep was engrossing, and thought provoking. I just started Ubik and enjoying it also. The Man in the High Castle? I would not recommend it to someone in prison, that I didn't like!

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    Shawn Fairfax, VA, United States 08-13-09
    Shawn Fairfax, VA, United States 08-13-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Ugh."

    This book was a big disappointment. I selected it based on the Hugo award it had won and the author; sadly the book fell short. I found the alternative history interesting, but not worthy of the Hugo award. The non-linear narrative was a distraction made worse by a below-average reader. I kept expecting everything to come together in glorious fashion like he did with A Scanner Darkly, but it didn't. Stay clear of this one.

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