Saturday, July 07, 2007

The Man in the High Castle (book review)

Book review from The Movie Snob

The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick. Continuing on through the new Library of America edition of PDK's work, I read this novel, which won Dick an award for science-fiction writing. It is set in an alternative universe, circa 1962, in which the Axis won WWII. The United States has been carved up between Japan (the west coast) and Germany (the east coast), with an independent buffer state in between. Most of the action takes place in California, focusing on a mysterious European's attempt to meet clandestinely with a mysterious Japanese, while Nazis try to prevent the meeting. Connecting many of the characters is a fascination with a best-selling novel about a world in which the Allies beat the Axis. An interesting book, better written than some of PDK's others, but the ending left me unsatisfied.


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