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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. Philip K Dick was certainly a brilliant man and a gifted writer His imagined dystopia of a world split between the victorious Reich and Imperial Japan is chilling and realistic Ok perhaps colonisation of Mars in 1962 is a bit of a stretch but the depiction of San Francisco under the Japanese administration was excellent His characters were vivid and lifelike His villain was somewhat predicable but still a fascinating one The dystopia he describes particularly the horrors of unbridled fascism in Africa etc is terrifying I enjoyed the internal monologues and the dialogs very much Perhaps Haruki Murakami was somewhat inspired by Philip K Dick to leave the story with lots of uestions unanswered That being said there is a humanity to the characters and I became attached to several of them One thing I found a bit incoherent albeit a key to the plot was the obsession with I Ching I know lots of Japanese people and have been to Japan a dozen times and it seems to me highly improbable that the Japanese would turn so obsessively to Taoism and superstition because Shintoism and Buddhism are so ingrained in their culture which to my understanding is nearly the polar opposite of Tao That being said it allowed PDK to make his typical forays into the psyche of his characters I wondered also if the Man in the High Castle was not a self portrait Also the idea of a book of alternate reality The Grasshopper Lies Heavy inside this book of alternate reality was a nice touch PDK was great with these Russian doll moves in his books reminds me a bit of the recent SNL sketches I listened to this as an audiobook on Audible and found it pretty good although Joe's accent at times sounded Russian than Italian I have not watched the TV show derived from this classic scifi novel but can say that it stands very solidly on its own and is up there with the other novels of PDK that I have read Highly recommended Will stick around in your brain for a while after reading it

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The Man in the High CastleIt'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 year. Original review Feb 22 2016DISCLAIMER It would evidently be irresponsible to call Donald Trump a Nazi merely on the strength of a recent speech in which he suggested it would be desirable to shoot Muslims using bullets dipped in pig's blood A plausible interpretation is that this is no than the result of dispassionately calculating that the upside in terms of increasing his attractiveness to the ignorant racist demographic is larger than the downside in terms of decreasing his appeal to many people who already can't stand him But I admit that I'm no expert on these matters and I could be wrong Update Mar 13 2016look at me im davy crockett says in comment #80there is no reason to attempt to reason with Manny he is a neurotic bigoted freak who is clearly so deeply insane or at least disturbed in how obsessive he is and should on matters of his repeated spam violating ToS should be banned without having to consider him personally or his speechLooking at the original review I am a little uncertain about just what it is that Mr Crockett is so violently taking exception to I posted a link to a video clip in which Donald Trump suggested that it would be a good idea to shoot Muslims using bullets dipped in pig's blood I went on say that I DIDN'T think this made him a Nazi just a politician who is trying to please the ignorant racist demographic I concluded that since I was no expert on the subject I might be mistakenWell I'm baffled Mr Crockett clearly doesn't like something I've said Does he thinka that the video clip in uestion has been faked by the liberal media to discredit Mr Trumpb that the idea of shooting Muslims with bullets dipped in pig's blood will not please the ignorant racist demographic orc that I am in fact an expert on the subject and should not disingenuously claim the contraryMr Crockett please clarify I'm sure other people would like to know too Update Aug 16 2017I wanted to wait until I had information a policy recently advocated by Mr Trump himself And I'd hate to offend Mr Crockett further But all the same the evidence we've acuired over the last few days does seem to increase the probability that Mr Trump is a Nazi He sounds sincere when defending the white supremacist terrorist attack in Charlottesville and one can't help feeling his behaviour means something That said I freely admit I haven't got a statistically tight argument yet It's just anecdotal

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Summary The Man in the High Castle 108 Ú 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 JapanThis harrowing Hugo Award winnS earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and JapanThis harrowing Hugo Award winning novel is the work that established Philip K Dick as an innovator in science. Thank God this is fiction at least in our dimension WELCOME TO 1962 It is impossible that ours is the only world; there must be world after world unseen by us in some region or dimension that we simply do not perceive This book is a frightening glimpse of how our world could been if the Axis Powers would have won the World War IIThe Nazi Germany and the Imperial Japan won and they divided the planet between them Even the United States is now divided with the East Coast dominated by Nazis and the West Coast under Japanese control having a “neutral zone” in the middle of the countryAnd the most frightening of all is that now there is a “Cold War” between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan Where the Nazis have now Nuclear Technology and Hidrogen Bombs at their disposalNow rockets is the normal way to travel between countries in a matter of less than an hour And Earth has become “too small” for the Nazis where now they are using Space Rocket Technology to colonize the Moon Mars and VenusSlavery is back Racial persecution is enforced Extermination Camps are still active and spreading around the Nazi Occupied Territories and now not only Jews are targets but also Africans Afro Americans Indians for startersAnd all because the death of one man An important man No one can do what you were meant to do If certain person is no longer around a void is createdand darkness can take controlThis is the testimony that a person can change the world For good or for evil THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS One cannot judge by book being best seller We all know that Many best sellers are terrible trash It’s interesting how this “experiment” of a world where the Axis Powers won the WWII it’s clear that while living in Nazi Occupied Nations is a very horrific scenario the book establishes that being a citizen in the Imperial Japan Occupied Countries isn’t so bad Don’t get wrong if you are not Japanese you will be a second class citizen but you will be treated fair enough if you don’t make troubles that is and curiously if your skin color is white enough Maybe you think that it’s the same but when you read how are things in each side of the Axis Powers having only those two options it’s clear that you will try to live in the Japanese side Of course you will need to consult the I Ching since now this book is the usual way to take important decisions in the everyday life of people in the Imperial Japanese controlled lands ECCLESIASTES 125 Amazing the power of fiction even cheap popular fiction to evoke The only “hope” in this glum world the only “fresh air” to “breath” is in the form of a novel “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy” a piece of fiction with the “absurd” idea of that the Axis Power could lose the WWIIA very cool thing about the “winning” scenario proposed in that novel “The Grasshopper Lies Heavy” is that while it’s obvious that Philip K Dick the author had access to all the details of how the WWII happened and he could take the easy path and just telling what really happened at least in our dimension but instead he did consentious thought to show a valid way that Allied Forces could still win the WWII but not just like it happened BRAVE BUT Truth As terrible as death But harder to find The book The Man in the High Castle is a brilliant work studying how our world could be a lot different if the “other side” of the conflict in WWII would win itHowever except some brief moments the most of the narrative lacks of excitement scenes the relevancy of the main characters is too limited to their close surroundings and where they haven’t any control over the global events decided by the global leaders that are re shaping even the current political scenarioAlso the book lacks of a proper ending andor an adeuate finale Maybe it isn’t necessary but it’s odd at least to me to show such worldwide scenario without any appreciable intention to try to shaken the status uoStill it’s a evocative reading and a mindblowing concept