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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The second Phillp K Dick I’ve read this year is his alternative-history sci-fi classic.

A photo of the book “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

In this book, Dick protrays an alternate reality where the Axis powers have won the second world war and America is under the rule of Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany.

Interestingly, many of the characters use the ancient Chinese text the I Ching for guidance, and there’s also a clever “book within a book” subplot in which the novel The Grasshopper Lies Heavy depicts an alternate history in which the Allied forces prevailed.

Having now read a couple of Philip K. Dick books this year, I’m arriving at the conclusion that while I don’t love his writing style, this is counterbalanced by his creativity and the interesting ideas which stay with you long afterwards.

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