Author: Philip K. Dick // First published: 1962 // Genre: Science Fiction
This edition: 272 pages, published in September 2001 by Penguin // Get it @TheBookDepository
Read in February 2016
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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.
This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction 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.
I am just so confused…
You have read the synopsis as well I assume, and it does sound really interesting, doesn’t it? Yeah, that’s why I picked this book up. That and the fact that I kinda want to read more “classic” sci-fi, and what’s more classic than Philip K. Dick? I also want to read some Hugo Award Best Novel Winners, and The Man in the High Castle is the 1963 winner. So… I read it.
And I just didn’t get it. The premise was so enticing and interesting, and I just ended up being really confused and not really understanding what was going on, or why it was relevant. This Man in the High Castle is actually the author of a banned book (that everyone and their mothers have read) (at least I think it was banned, although one character does buy it in a book store) that paints the picture of a world in which the USA have won the war over Germany and Japan and how the world and the country is functioning in the aftermath. Sound familiar? I thought this was really cool, and would maybe bring more cool things along with it.
But that’s kind of where the interesting things stopped. I couldn’t get into the story, I didn’t care about any of the characters, I didn’t even understand their motivations, and even though I finished the book this month, I barely remember what exactly happens in the end. I just know it did not make sense to me and it left me really confused when I closed the book.
This book is not bad. I just personally didn’t like it very much. There seems to be a lot of promise, and not much delivery. It felt to me like I was too dumb to appreciate it for what it was really trying to do and say, and that’s not exactly a nice feeling.