The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

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The Man in the High Castle is one of the best alternate history novels ever written. If you’ve never read a book by Philip K. Dick, this is as good a place to start as any.
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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.

Winner of the Hugo Award
 

About Philip K. Dick

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Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928 and lived most of his life in California. He briefly attended the University of California, but dropped out before completing any classes. In 1952, he began writing professionally and proceeded to write numerous novels and short story collections. He won the Hugo Award for the best novel in 1962 for The Man in the High Castle and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel of the year in 1974 for Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. Philip K. Dick died on March 2, 1982, in Santa Ana, California, of heart failure following a stroke.
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Mariner Books. 274 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

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on Sep 22 2011

How did the author turn this projected cosmos into a hinterland where only confusion and boredom reside for the reader? The Man in the High Castle is overpeopled, spattered with telegraphic dialogue simply absurd...

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Dec 05 2008

Yet if you care about literature, don’t think for one moment that you can dismiss this novelist as a sci-fi hack. Dick’s fingerprints are everywhere in contemporary culture—books, movies, television, video games, graphic novels, you name it—and spending some time with The Man in the High Castle will help you understand why.

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SciFiNow

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Reviewed by James Rundle on Aug 25 2010

It does have issues, of course. Those unfamiliar with the I-Ching will struggle with Dick’s repeated mentions of the mystical device, and it never follows a typical structure...Some may also find the book-within-a-book mechanism irritating, although we found it enhanced the novel, and again, helped to build the world that it existed in.

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Reviewed by Matt McAllister on Dec 10 2015

Dick’s writing style is deceptively simple, but this is a story of immense complexity and imagination. Importantly, Dick has a real talent for creating fascinating, compulsive characters to accompany his ideas (not something that can be said about all SF writers).

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Reviewed by Stephen Roof on Dec 16 2015

The Man in the High Castle is one of the best alternate history novels ever written. If you’ve never read a book by Philip K. Dick, this is as good a place to start as any.

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Reviewed by Kristin on Jan 13 2016

The Man in the High Castle seems to be one of the “classics” that eludes me. The story-line seemed all over the place—I really don’t understand where the author was going with the plot—the characters were horribly underdeveloped, and the ending was horrible.

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