The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick

Owner Ben Shaffer recommends The Man In The High Castle by Phillip K. Dick.


"This book presupposes that the Allies lost WWII and the United States was divided up between the Nazis and Japan and there is a banned book that is very popular that presupposes that the USA won WWII. I know. 🤯
Apparently PKD wrote the book with the help of the I Ching, which features prominently in the story, and uses actual hexagrams from questions posed to the I Ching in the text.
It’s an interesting read, although PKD uses a somewhat halting style of writing when representing his characters thoughts and emotions.
I would rate this as quite good and definitely weird, with really extraordinary character progression. Especially Mr. Tagomi. Wow."



From the back cover:

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 warand 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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