The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick – Dystopian Books Review

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The Man In The High Castle

Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Alternate History Novel The Man in the High Castle

Philip K. Dick used an alternative history approach in his book. The author published this unique historical novel, The Man in The High Castle in the year 1962. He set the story of the novel after fifteen years at the end of World War II embedded in a distinct history approach. The novel won Hugo Award for the best novel in the year 1963.

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Author: Philip K. Dick

Genre: Alternate History

Pages: 240

Good reads rating: 3.63 of 5

My Ratings: 7.3 of 10

Published: October 1962

Publisher:  Mariner Books: Reissue edition (January 24, 2012)

Language: English

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Synopsis and Summary of Alternate History Novel The Man in the High Castle

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The story starts in 1962 and represents fifteen years of German Nazi and Imperial Japan winning World War II. There is an American antique shop in California San Francisco owned by Robert Bob Childan. California forms part of the Japanese who occupied the Pacific States of America, and they visit the American antique shop regularly.

Nobuske Tagomi a high-rank Japanese trade official, contacts Childan after he purchased a gift to impress Baynes, A Swedish Industrialist. Childan’s store relates to a metalworking company that fired Frank Frink, who is a secret Jewish-American veteran of World War II. He starts a handcrafted jewelry business with his former co-worker.

Juliana Frink’s wife is a judo instructor in Colorado and involved in a sexual relationship with an ex-soldier and an Italian truck driver named Joe. As the story continues, most of these characters make their important decisions based on interpreting prophetic messages. Characters continue to read a famous and banned book named The Grasshopper Lies Heavily. This novel presents an alternate history in which World War II ended in 1947 and Allies won it, and this is the concept that most of the readers find surprising. Different parts of the story cover the life and happenings of different characters.

Final Say on Alternate History Novel The Man in The High Castle

The storyline remains complex and offers an interesting alternate history approach. It provides a different insight into the historical fiction genre and receives my rating of 7.3 out of 10. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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