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Dick's Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost WWII. Some 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), Dick provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality. Tom Weiner reveals an impressive vocal range that delivers the host of characters with distinct culture, class and gender personas, which helps to sort the various plot strands. His prose reading is engaging, though sometimes lacks sufficient emphasis and energy.
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ISBN-10:  0575073357
ISBN-13:  978-0575073357
Author:  Philip K. Dick
Publisher:  Gollancz
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Quick Tip by . June 06, 2012
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A classic. One of the pieces of writing that cemented my addiction to SF.
Quick Tip by . February 23, 2011
posted in SF Signal
   Phil Dick's foray into alternate history, with an alternate within an alternate twist.      What happened when the US lost WWII? The Nazis and Imperial Japan split the US between them.      Dick's usual mind-bending goes on here, and he makes a very strong case for the utility of the 'world as myth' concept.
review by . November 19, 2007
Several years ago, having read and reviewed THE TRANSMIGRATION OF TIMOTHY ARCHER (Vintage Books, 1991), I decided to check out this book which won a Hugo Award and was widely considered to be Dick's best (during his lifetime, at least). The setting and denouement of HIGH CASTLE are wonderfully original, but the twenty year distance between the two books is all too evident. Dick's writing improved tremendously over that span, leaving the feeling that a terrific idea was somewhat wasted on his inexperienced …
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