The Man in the High Castle, Paperback

The Man in the High Castle Paperback

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series

4 out of 5 (12 ratings)


A dazzling speculative novel of 'counterfactual history' from one of America's most highly-regarded science fiction authors, Philip K.

Dick's "The Man in the High Castle" includes an introduction by Eric Brown in "Penguin Modern Classics".

Philip K. Dick's acclaimed cult novel gives us a horrifying glimpse of an alternative world - one where the Allies have lost the Second World War.

In this nightmare dystopia the Nazis have taken over New York, the Japanese control California and the African continent is virtually wiped out.

In a neutral buffer zone in America that divides the world's new rival superpowers, lives the author of an underground bestseller.

His book offers a new vision of reality - an alternative theory of world history in which the Axis powers were defeated - giving hope to the disenchanted.

Does 'reality' lie with him, or is his world just one among many others?

Philip Kindred Dick (1928-82) was born in Chicago in 1928.

His career as a science fiction writer comprised an early burst of short stories followed by a stream of novels, typically character studies incorporating androids, drugs, and hallucinations. His best works are generally agreed to be "The Man in the High Castle" and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", the inspiration for the movie "Blade Runner".

If you enjoyed "The Man in the High Castle", you might like Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We", also available in "Penguin Classics". "The most brilliant science fiction mind on any planet". ("Rolling Stone"). "Dick's finest book, and one of the very best science fiction novels ever published". (Eric Brown).


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780141186672



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Many people seem to categorise this as science fiction. I fail to see why. With the exception of very minor things that are mentioned only in the passing, this is more of a social critique from a writer that is, perhaps, best known for his sci-fi work, not a sci-fi work in itself.It is, however, an interesting look into the post-WW2 world with the twist that the Axis won instead of the Allies. If you're expecting a suspense novel, stay clear. If you are on the lookout for something that takes an interesting view on what could have happened and are willing to let go of your demands for a bombastic plot line*, this is for you.In a way, it doesn't even have a plot line so much as several small sub-plots.

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The Man In The High Castle was one of the first alternate history novels to ever gain wide appeal. It tells the story of an alternate world in which the Allies lost the war, and the world is now controlled by the Japanese and Germans. The United States has been divided into three parts: the east coast, controlled by the Nazis; the west coast, controlled by Japan; and the Midwest, a neutral buffer zone under its own authority.This was the first novel by Dick I've ever read, though I have read some of his short stories, and although the concept is intriguing I didn't much care for his writing style. The narratorial voice is far too deeply entrenched inside the character's heads, detailing every little thought and engaging in time-consuming and tedious interior monologues. Also, for a novel that is supposed to be examining the society of an alternate world, he spends a bizarrely large amount of time discussing jewellry and antiques.

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I really enjoyed this book, I loved the ideas and the execution. Things which seemed to irritate others, I liked: such as the iChing, the switching between different characters and plot lines to allow different perspective and new information to be put across without being info dumps; the book within a book, the alternative history within the alternative history and it not being the same as what really happened; the uncertain ending...Definitely a book I will return to read in a couple of years time.

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Very interesting novel, and a good read. Barely a sci-fi story, although it was Hugo Award winner. It is an alternate history novel in which the US lost WWII, and was split into 3 pieces, a nominally independent heartland, a Nazi-dominated east coast, and a Japanese-dominated west coast.

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The fascinating alternate history presented is the setting of the novel, not the subject; what I found the most striking were the occasionally somewhat rambling passages about the authenticity of 'historical' objects and works of art, presented in the dialogues between the artists/salesmen and the Japanese government. Of course, one cannot help but be intrigued by the glimpses offered of the historical events; difficult though it is to avoid spoilers, we are also given hints of a different future altogether - a future which is remarkably familiar.Although the novel is definitely not subtle in making some of its observations, I did find it very thoughtful and well written. I just wish there was more of it!

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