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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It's America in Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. 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 It's America in All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war — and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
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. Get A Copy. Paperbackpages.
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What the hell is up with the choppy, grammatically incorrect sentences? They're driving me crazy Tyler B. The choppiest sentences are when the Japanese characters are speaking or …more I think this is to further convey the "Japanization" of society in the PSA.
The choppiest sentences are when the Japanese characters are speaking or thinking to themselves, but some of the the white characters on the West Coast also speak in a sort of streamlined English to a lesser extent. I think this is meant to portray how the new ruling class has affected nearly every facet of American life. Craig No more than life itself. See all 28 questions about The Man in the High Castle…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Man in the High Castle. Oct 20, Ken-ichi rated it really liked it Shelves: escapescience-fiction. On Wednesday I found myself at a party an occurrence itself worthy of remark at which everyone wore "I'm currently reading One such conversation went like this: "So what's that about?
Or rather speculative fiction. I don't do scifi. The awkwardness of the words coming out of my mouth did not even occur to me for several sentences. I'm pretty sure at some point during the evening I also said, with party-speaking volume, "I think I really like Dick!
Suffice it to say that I am swearing off parties and returning to my safe, almost-completely-awkwardness-free hermetic lifestyle. Ok, this book. Let me just establish that neither the Nazi-lover nor I are, in fact, Nazi-lovers or racists or no more racist than the average personand that despite or perhaps because of?
My former experience with Phillip K. After finding J. Ballard's similar ruminations on mortality and atomic annihilation to be unfinishably boring, I was wary of returning to PKD ah, much betterand the premise of a world in which the Axis powers won WWII could definitely have lead down that road.
Plucky American rebels fighting their Nazi oppressors and thwarting a plot to nuke New York while chronically hamstrung by their moribund contemplation of non-existence? No thanks.
But this book is so not that book! As with other works by PKD or at least the cinematic interpretations I've seenthe underlying horror is not about annihilation, but about anxiety over identity. In High Castlethe American identity has been completely crushed. The idea of infinite American ingenuity and resourcefulness has been discarded along with our belief in democracy. The Japanese are consistently depicted as high-handed, elitist, occasionally racist, but generally fair and benign in intent So if we as Americans aren't rebels, if we're not democrats, if we're not plucky heroes with wild ideas so crazy they might actually work, who are we?
What a great subject for a scifi novel. There's also quite a bit about the life and meaning of objects, or the "historicity" as the characters call it. Why is a penny touched by the President more significant than any other penny? I'm not entirely sure how this theme plays into the rest of the novel.
It may have something to do with the arbitrariness invoked by the use of the I Ching by almost every character, i. Again, though, how does it relate to Nazis?! Also, hawt book-in-book action! All the characters in this what-if book are reading their own what-if book postulating a world in which the Axis powers didn't win WWII. I mean, yo dawg, I herd you like speculative fiction, so we put a book in yo book so u can speculate while u speculate.
It's kind of cool.
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The book's not perfect. Women get the short shrift. Betty Kasoura seems both intelligent and sympathetic to the plight of the Americans, but doesn't take action to the extent that her husband does.
Sign of the times this was published in or a part of the narrative? Races and ethnicities are mercilessly stereotyped, but seemingly without bias: Japanese are polite and inscrutable, Americans are emotional and clumsy, Chinese are crude and servile, Germans orderly and maniacal. I suppose you could interpret that as the triumph of the Axis worldview over Western egalitarian principles, or you could read it as the biases inherent in our own s America. Anyway, totally worth trying, even if you don't like scifi OR Nazis.
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Dick masterfully rewrites history and portrays this alternate United States is quite incredible and I can easily see why the guy has such a huge following. That being said, while this novel is undeniably clever, I think what it lacks is a human touch. I found it hard to care about any of the mishmash of characters, which for me means that I ultimately found it hard to care about the direction of the story and its outcome. What this novel does best of all is remind people how close the Nazis came to winning the Second World War.
The author changes events during the war only slightly, but it makes a huge difference in the long run. Generally, people who aren't historians probably don't tend to think about the reality of this situation which - for most people alive today - seems of a completely different world and time.
The Second World War seems somewhat unreal, a story told in textbooks and retold in movies about how the bad guys started killing people and naturally the good guys swooped in and put an end to it all. As if it was all that simple.
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In reality, Hitler came scarily close to victory and it's only through reading this book that I came to realise just how extensive German occupation was during the war. The Man in the High Castle presents a very convincing alternate history where Hitler and the Nazis, fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan had been the victors instead.
The world-building is rich and Philip K. Dick doesn't neglect the little details in his fictional society. I especially like the way we get a glimpse of how this takeover has affected the rest of the world, not just the United States. We learn about the situation across multiple continents and how the Nazi beliefs have spread.