Review: The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. DickThe Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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My Rating4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars 
First Published: Jan 1, 1962
Read from: Nov. 14 to Nov. 24, 2015
Awards: 1963 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Intense, disturbing, and sad; yet full of beauty hidden behind ugliness.

Life in the 1960’s in a United States that lost World War II and has been split between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan

I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time. I watched the first episode of the Amazon series and decided it was past time for me to read this and compare the two. Like the show, this book is pretty dark and disturbing. Partly because you can SEE how easily the American society could adapt. I happened to be reading this during the ISIS attacks in Paris and the deep religious and racist backlash that occurred in the press and social media was all the more disturbing combined with reading this dark alternate history of a US that lost World War II.

I’ve been holding off reviewing this for a while as I’ve been wanting to give it a well-thought out review, but I am still dealing with it, trying to understand it’s depths, and how I feel about it. Like much of Philip K. Dick’s work a large part of this work takes place within the mental flow of each character’s mind. Combine the depths of that kind of prose, with the dark world of a US split between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and you get a story that stirs the dark, deep places in yourself that you don’t often examine. That kind of book I don’t find an entirely enjoyable read, but it was definitely an engaging and moving read.

So I’m still thinking about it. I have highlighted a number of passages and hopefully will come back and give this book a proper review. But suffice to say it REALLY made me think, kept me reading, and has a very cool if scary premise. All of which are good things.


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