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The Man in the High Castle kindle ´ eBook 9780679740674 Free ¿ 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 occupiedFiction 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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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 year On Wednesday I found myself at a party an occurrence itself worthy of remark at which everyone wore I'm currently reading stickers so I had several opportunities to explain why I was loving The Man in the High Castle One such conversation went like thisSo what's that about?Well it's scifi Or rather speculative fictionEr hm No I don't do scifiBut it's got NazisOh my god I love NazisAnother conversation involved me explaining to a white guy how interesting I a half Japanese guy found reading about defeated white Americans kowtowing to their Japanese overlords The awkwardness of the words coming out of my mouth did not even occur to me for several sentencesI'm pretty sure at some point during the evening I also said with party speaking volume I think I really like Dick Sometimes I wish English had fewer homophonesSuffice it to say that I am swearing off parties and returning to my safe almost completely awkwardness free hermetic lifestyleOk this book Let me just establish that neither the Nazi lover nor I are in fact Nazi lovers or racists or no racist than the average person and that despite or perhaps because of? the uncomfortable conversations this book might occasion it's a great read My former experience with Phillip K Dick whose first name and middle initial are considerably important in conversation than heretofore imagined was with a collection of his short stories which was amusing but very much in the Atomic Age sort of a vein THE BOMB robots space ships THE BOMB etc After finding JG Ballard's similar ruminations on mortality and atomic annihilation to be unfinishably boring I was wary of returning to PKD ah much better and the premise of a world in which the Axis powers won WWII could definitely have lead down that road Plucky American rebels fighting their Nazi oppressors and thwarting a plot to nuke New York while chronically hamstrung by their moribund contemplation of non existence? No thanks But this book is so not that book As with other works by PKD or at least the cinematic interpretations I've seen the underlying horror is not about annihilation but about anxiety over identity In High Castle the American identity has been completely crushed There is no rebel faction there are no competent or truly sympathetic American characters and American cultural artifacts that we keep in museums are now collector's items to be pawned off to Japanese connoisseurs not unlike the 19th century European obsession with Japonisme The idea of infinite American ingenuity and resourcefulness has been discarded along with our belief in democracy The Japanese are consistently depicted as high handed elitist occasionally racist but generally fair and benign in intent much like American occupational forces in reconstruction Japan So if we as Americans aren't rebels if we're not democrats if we're not plucky heroes with wild ideas so crazy they might actually work who are we? What a great subject for a scifi novelThere's also uite a bit about the life and meaning of objects or the historicity as the characters call it Why is a penny touched by the President significant than any other penny? I'm not entirely sure how this theme plays into the rest of the novel It may have something to do with the arbitrariness invoked by the use of the I Ching by almost every character ie the specific history of any given object is as intrinsically meaningful as a pattern of tossed sticks and it is the evaluator's interpretation that has true significance Again though how does it relate to Nazis?Also hawt book in book action All the characters in this what if book are reading their own what if book postulating a world in which the Axis powers didn't win WWII I mean yo dawg I herd you like speculative fiction so we put a book in yo book so u can speculate while u speculate It's kind of coolThe book's not perfect Women get the short shrift Betty Kasoura seems both intelligent and sympathetic to the plight of the Americans but doesn't take action to the extent that her husband does view spoilerI'm not sure if Juliana's murder of the covert gestapo officer was due to self defense so much as hysteria hide spoiler

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The Man in the High CastleS 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 “They want to be the agents not the victims of history They identify with God's power and believe they are godlike That is their basic madness They are overcome by some archtype; their egos have expanded psychotically so that they cannot tell where they begin and the godhead leaves off It is not hubris not pride; it is inflation of the ego to its ultimate — confusion between him who worships and that which is worshiped Man has not eaten God; God has eaten man” If Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been assassinated in 1934 instead of dying of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1945 what would the world look like? Do our lives our futures hang on the shoulders of one man? The New Deal that gave Roosevelt so much power so much influence with the American public would not have been possible if presented by a different man a less sure man a man willing to make deals to pass the legislation even if it guts the intent of the program The American people have probably never trusted a politician as much as they trusted FDR So if we remove him from history during those critical years in the 1940s when the world went mad what would happen? Philip K Dick is going to tell you We lose The Pacific States form a new country called The Pacific States of America and are controlled by Imperial Japan A Rocky Mountain States is formed as a buffer between The Reich Controlled East Coast of America and the PSA Europe is under the management of the Reich The Soviets were completely destroyed by the Reich and most were exterminated A cold war has sprung up between the two remaining superpowers the Japanese and the Reich Adolf Hitler has descended into madnessbatshit crazy madness not the garden variety I want to rule the world madness ”Old Adolf supposed to be in a sanitarium somewhere living out his life of senile paresis Syphilis of the brain dating back to his poor days as a bum in Viennalong black coat dirty underwear flophouses”There is this interesting film called Max starring John Cusack from 2002 that was directed by Menno Meyjes It discusses the possibility of what would have happened if Hitler had been accepted as an artist Would he have channeled his anger into something edifying than world destruction? I know that others besides myself must have watched that film but they seem to be few and far between Noah Taylor plays the young frustrated HitlerMartin Bormann has been in charge of the Reich but with his death a power struggle has broken out between Joseph Goebbels Reinhard Heydrich and Hermann Göring for the ultimate leadership The thought of those men surviving the war gives me a chill Hitler may have brought the vision but these were the men who implemented it Robert Childan owns an Americana antiue business on Montgomery Street in San Francisco The Japanese are avid collectors of old American gadgets comic books and toys He used to run a bookstore but found that dealing in Americana was much profitable He isn’t an expert which as the story unfolds creates some issues for him People don’t mind paying exorbitant prices as long as what they buy is legitimate He meets a young progressive Japanese couple who want to discuss a future based on the book by Hawthorne Abendsen called The Grasshopper Lies Heavy which presents an alternative reality where the Axis lost and the Allies won It is still different from our present day but certainly recognizable than the dystopia of The Man in the High Castle Philip K Dick is having a bit of fun writing an alternative reality which includes a novel about alternative reality The young couple are very disappointed to learn that Childan has not read the book They assumed that any “American” would want to read this book They were also disappointed that Childan when pressed for his own philosophical take on this life mouths the platitudes of the controlling governments because he thinks that is what his potential clients want to hear I expected from one of my own kind a retired bookseller but in his defense he doesn’t want unwarranted attention He doesn’t want change as much as he wants to be safe “What they do not comprehend is man’s helplessness I am weak small of no conseuence to the universe It does not notice me; I live on unseen But why is that bad? Isn’t it better that way? Whom the gods notice they destroy Be small and you will escape the jealousy of the great” Mokkei Tiger from the 13th CenturyChildan does get a glimmer of a lost past that might be reclaimed by the future when he holds the Frank Frink jewelry collection in his hands Frink has recently left his work of employment where he made replica guns from America’s past for those Japanese collectors to start his own business designing and creating original jewelry To Childan the jewelry is much than just pretty bobbles to adorn women’s throats fingers and wrists It represents the American ingenuity that used to determine the fashions trends and innovations that led the world Meanwhile Frink’s ex wife who lives in the RMS has taken up with a truck driver who is not who he says he is He has an agenda involving The Man in the High Castle The man Abendsen who has taken the world by storm with his book depicting a different outcome from the warThe I Ching plays a pivotal role as characters use I Ching to make decisions Dick also used the I Ching to determine the twists of the plot as he was writing it Having difficulty making decisions? Do you find that most of the time you make poor decisions? Turn your life over to the I Ching Your future will no longer be your faultThis book convinced me of the viability of this alternative reality I certainly would have read about this world that Dick created The ending is open because Dick had always planned to write a seuel but he couldn’t progress on the second book because he couldn’t stand the thought of going back and reading about Nazis I’m in the same boat recently with all the history channels that I normally watch suddenly becoming obsessed with everything Third Reich This is disturbing to me because programming is based off viewership and obviously they have determined that people are tuning in to watch Nazi documentaries than other much fascinating time periods of world history Sigh I don’t know what that means has recently filmed the pilot episode of a new series based on The Man in the High Castle The episode is available on streaming I read this book another lifetime ago but wanted to refresh my memory before watching the pilot episode I’m glad I did as much of my memories of the book had eroded into snippets of disjointed pieces There is much in the book than what I’ve discussed but I hope what I have decided to highlight will encourage people to read this novel of science fiction that also can rest comfortably on the same shelf as literature If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visithttpwwwjeffreykeetencomI also have a Facebook blogger page at