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The Man in the High Castle de Philip K. Dick
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The Man in the High Castle (1962 original; edició 1992)

de Philip K. Dick (Autor)

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11,661311430 (3.68)2 / 469
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.
Membre:EvFire
Títol:The Man in the High Castle
Autors:Philip K. Dick (Autor)
Informació:Vintage (1992), Edition: Reissue, 272 pages
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The Man in the High Castle de Philip K. Dick (1962)

  1. 81
    Fatherland de Robert Harris (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alternate history
  2. 61
    El Sindicat de policies jueus de Michael Chabon (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both are alternate histories set in a USA changed by World War Two.
  3. 62
    Complot contra els Estats Units de Philip Roth (ateolf)
  4. 20
    Bring the Jubilee de Ward Moore (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alt history
  5. 10
    Blade runner de Philip K. Dick (Usuari anònim)
  6. 10
    The Castle of Crossed Destinies de Italo Calvino (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Two very different approaches to using an oracle, one the Tarot, another the I Ching, to help structure a book's narrative.
  7. 10
    Farthing de Jo Walton (rretzler)
  8. 54
    The Years of Rice and Salt de Kim Stanley Robinson (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alternate history
  9. 00
    Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick de Lawrence Sutin (Usuari anònim)
  10. 00
    The Lost Continent de Edgar Rice Burroughs (Sylak)
    Sylak: Alternate history following WWI
  11. 00
    Resurrection Day de Brendan DuBois (RG_331)
    RG_331: What would happen if the Cold War escalated
  12. 00
    SS-GB de Len Deighton (Michael.Rimmer)
    Michael.Rimmer: Alternate History: Axis powers won WWII
  13. 01
    The Iron Dream de Norman Spinrad (andyl)
    andyl: Alternate history novel that also uses the book within a book device.
  14. 12
    China Mountain Zhang de Maureen F. McHugh (ahstrick)
  15. 01
    El ferrocarril subterrani de Colson Whitehead (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Disturbing Alternate Histories of America.
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Anglès (295)  Francès (4)  Italià (4)  Castellà (3)  Eslovac (1)  Alemany (1)  Hongarès (1)  Neerlandès (1)  Finès (1)  Totes les llengües (311)
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I have some mixed feelings about this book. I feel comfortable giving this 4 stars because I found ideas in it to be quite interesting but it is probably closer to a 3.5-star book. In many ways, this book is all about the ideas presented and lacks much actual plot so if you prefer plot-driven books this is almost certainly not the book for you. I definitely liked the parts spent with Juliana Frink the most. I just thought she was by far the most interesting character with the most interesting backstory. I liked the ways that we saw the world had changed but in many ways I wanted more of those small details to show us just how different this world is. In the near future, I will probably be reading [b:Farthing|183740|Farthing (Small Change, #1)|Jo Walton|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1442714837s/183740.jpg|1884104] by [a:Jo Walton|107170|Jo Walton|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1353809579p2/107170.jpg] which is a book set in a similar idea of Nazis having won WWII but I believe it is more of a mystery so I will be interested to see how that compares and which one I end of liking more. Overall I would maybe recommend this to people who really like alternate history but I wanted just a bit more out of this. I do still want to read some of the author's other work and see if I like that. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
A second miss for me from Philip K Dick.

The story culminated in some incredible ideas, but 90% of the book was expository for the sake of the ending... and it's an ending that requires some work (or some Googling) to understand even after you've turned the final page.

Dick is no doubt a talented writer, philosophical thinker, and a pioneer of the alternate history genre. But the prose style feels more like a literary exercise - choppy sentences packaging a political narrative - than a joy for the sake of reading.

Generally I have no problems with the multiple narrators style, jumping back and forth between characters. But there was so little holding them together. I had hoped that their stories would converge, but they did not do so to any satisfactory degree, leaving several characters feeling entirely extraneous. I'd have preferred each character's story to be written in succession starting with Childan, then Frank, then Wegener, followed by Tagomi and his transcendental experience, then Juliana Frink as the unexpected protagonist (/saviour/enlightener/whatever you might call her), which would have correctly set the expectation that they were almost entirely without overlap.

There was not nearly enough foreshadowing for the ending. I had to backtrack a couple of times to work out whether I'd missed something in the text. Maybe I did, but I'm most certainly not going to read this a second time to squeeze the value out of it. ( )
  Katrana | Oct 13, 2021 |
What a weird beautiful little book. I don't think I understood all of it but maybe that's part of the point. The recursive aspects were truly inspired. I didn't love it as much as Androids but I'm looking forward to the TV series and more of his short stories. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
This was my second read through of the book now that I've had a chance to watch the Amazon series. Philip K. Dick is/was the man and we should all hail him. I noted something at the end when we meet the character Abendsen. He is perhaps the stand-in for P.K. Dick and all fiction writers. Are we fiction writers or do we just stenographers for the Oracle and alternate realities? I thought that was sort of meta to have this writer writing an alternate history within a book which is an alternate history for us. It can make your head spin a bit.

I was also glad I read this because it is in many ways different from the television series. It used to bother me when a screenplay veered far from a book I loved. Maybe now that I'm older and I love cover songs and different interpretations I feel a bit differently about reimaginings. NiN's Hurt sung by Johnny Cash or David Bowie as an example. I would like to create an entire playlist of covers of the Rolling Stone's Sympathy for the Devil. I watch every single Pride & Prejudice and Jane Austen remakes as much as any new retelling and costuming of Shakespeare. This book is very different from the series but they each stand on their own. There are some similarities in a few characters and vast differences...one being that the focus here is a book and in the series it is pieces of film.

Funny thing I had forgotten that after I read this book a few years back I actually purchased a book on I Ching. Many of the characters in the novel are addicted to I Ching. It gave me a creepy feeling because I remembered that feeling of wanting to ask the I Ching about everything of uncertainty in my life at that time which I had completely forgotten. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
The book read well as it progressed, but I was disappointed by the climax and resolution. It felt less impactful than it should have been. The stories didn't tie together as closely as I'd wanted, and the overall message didn't land for me.

I'm surprised to be enjoying the Amazon TV series more than the book. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 311 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation.... We have our own homegrown Borges.
afegit per GYKM | editaNew Republic, Ursula K. LeGuin
 
Philip K. Dick's best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable.
afegit per GYKM | editaThe New York Times Book Review
 
Philip K. Dick... has chosen to handle... material too nutty to accept, too admonitory to forget, too haunting to abandon.
afegit per GYKM | editaWashington Post
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Dick, Philip K.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Weiner, TomNarradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brown, EricIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gambino, FredAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Glasserman, DebbieDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gleeson, TonyAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Guidall, GeorgeNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Moore, ChrisAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nati, MaurizioTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
North, HeidiDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Powers, Richard M.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stöbe, NorbertTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Weiner, TomNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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To my wife Tessa and my son Christopher,
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They know a million tricks, those novelists...Appeals to the base lusts that hide in everyone no matter how respectable on the surface. Yes, the novelist knows humanity how worthless they are, ruled by their testicles, swayed by cowardice, selling out every cause because of their greed...all he's got to do is thump on the drum, and there's the response. And he laughing of course, behind his hand at the effect he gets. (p. 128)
At six-fifteen in the evening she finished the book. I wonder if Joe got to the end of it? she wondered. There's so much more in it than he understood. What is it Abendsen wanted to say? Nothing about his make-believe world. Am I the only one who knows? I'll bet I am; nobody else really understands Grasshopper but me - they just imagine they do.
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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.

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