The Man in the High Castle

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 2, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
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'Truth, she thought. As terrible as death. But harder to find.'

America, fifteen years after the end of the Second World War. The winning Axis powers have divided their spoils: the Nazis control New York, while California is ruled by the Japanese. But between these two states - locked in a cold war - lies a neutal buffer zone in which legendary author Hawthorne Abendsen is rumoured to live. Abendsen lives in fear of his life for he has written a book in which World War Two was won by the Allies. . .

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User Review  - Jean_Sexton - LibraryThing

I had never read this Hugo-winning novel before. It was excellent alternative-history science fiction and didn't show its age badly. It was a world I didn't want to live in, one where the Germans and ... Read full review

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User Review  - FergusS - LibraryThing

Dick tells his tale of an alternative history within an alternative history through mesmerising vignettes - an absorbing work of detached introspection, immersive rather than dynamic. A book about a ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago in 1928, but lived most of his life in California, briefly attending the University of California at Berkeley in 1947. Among the most prolific and eccentric of science fiction writers, Dick's many novels and stories all blend a sharp and quirky imagination with a strong sense of the surreal. By the time of his death in 1982 he had written 36 science fiction novels and 112 short stories. Notable titles amongst the novels include The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch (1965), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968, later used as the basis for the film Blade Runner), Ubik (1969) and A Scanner Darkly (1977). The Man in the High Castle, perhaps his most painstakingly constructed and chilling novel, won a Hugo Award in 1963.

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