This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Man in the High Castle (1962)

by Philip K. Dick

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
9,782259452 (3.71)2 / 441
  1. 72
    Fatherland by Robert Harris (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alternate history
  2. 61
    The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both are alternate histories set in a USA changed by World War Two.
  3. 63
    The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alternate history
  4. 53
    The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (ateolf)
  5. 20
    Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alt history
  6. 10
    The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Disturbing Alternate Histories of America.
  7. 10
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (Anonymous user)
  8. 10
    The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Two very different approaches to using an oracle, one the Tarot, another the I Ching, to help structure a book's narrative.
  9. 21
    China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh (ahstrick)
  10. 00
    The Lost Continent by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Sylak)
    Sylak: Alternate history following WWI
  11. 00
    Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick by Lawrence Sutin (Anonymous user)
  12. 00
    SS-GB by Len Deighton (Michael.Rimmer)
    Michael.Rimmer: Alternate History: Axis powers won WWII
  13. 01
    The Iron Dream by Norman Spinrad (andyl)
    andyl: Alternate history novel that also uses the book within a book device.
1960s (187)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

English (244)  French (4)  Italian (4)  Spanish (3)  Slovak (1)  Dutch (1)  Finnish (1)  Hungarian (1)  All languages (259)
Showing 1-5 of 244 (next | show all)
Interesting - reading this and seeing the pilot for the Amazon produced series. They've made changes (the book is now mysterious newsreel footage), but the story - a world where Nazi's won WWII is the same.
A very dark story. ( )
  mrklingon | Apr 22, 2019 |
Meh. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Apr 12, 2019 |
One of the foundational alt-history novels, this one posits that the Axis won World War II. Or does it? The ending is enticingly ambiguous, since the status of the novel-within-a-novel seems to be tied deeply to the I Ching, which Dick himself apparently consulted regularly (as do many of the characters in the book). The setting is richly set, and the characters refreshlingly non-cardboard. I enjoyed the book. ( )
  EricCostello | Mar 24, 2019 |
This book isn't for me.
Don't see what the fuss is about.
It might be because it was written during the Cold war.
Germany and Japan win World War II and split America in two.
There is a lady called Julliane she wants to meet an author of a banned book called The Grasshopper lies Heavy this tells the story of the Allies winning the war. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Feb 18, 2019 |
The Man in the High Castle was thoroughly enjoyable, I loved the incorporation of West's Miss Lonelyhearts. Too bad it all fell apart at the end. I wasn't sure how to take all of the characters not acting like themselves in the last few chapters.

That end was a let down, even if I think I 'get' what Dick was doing, because before things went South it was a very believable alternate history. His take on an occupied America felt authentic even while the tone felt off, more of a sign of when Dick was writing than any fault in the structure of the story, bizarre as it was.

Dick consulted the I Ching throughout writing this. Wikipedia says that he started only with the name Mr Tagomi.

I'll be reading more from him, am reading [b:The Penultimate Truth|41064|The Penultimate Truth (SF Masterworks, #58)|Philip K. Dick|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1169578909s/41064.jpg|209478] now in fact. That review should have more to say since I hope I won't be waiting so long to write it. ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Showing 1-5 of 244 (next | show all)
Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation.... We have our own homegrown Borges.
added by GYKM | editNew Republic, Ursula K. LeGuin
Philip K. Dick's best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable.
added by GYKM | editThe New York Times Book Review
Philip K. Dick... has chosen to handle... material too nutty to accept, too admonitory to forget, too haunting to abandon.
added by GYKM | editWashington Post

» Add other authors (25 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Dick, Philip K.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, EricIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gambino, FredCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glasserman, DebbieDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleeson, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guidall, GeorgeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nati, MaurizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
North, HeidiCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, Richard M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stöbe, NorbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weiner, TomNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
To my wife, Anne, without whose silence
this book would never have been written
To my wife Tessa and my son Christopher,
with great and awful love
First words
For a week Mr. R. Childan had been anxiously watching the mail.
They know a million tricks, those novelists...Appeals to the base lusts that hide in everyone no matter how respectable on the surface. Yes, the novelist knows humanity how worthless they are, ruled by their testicles, swayed by cowardice, selling out every cause because of their greed...all he's got to do is thump on the drum, and there's the response. And he laughing of course, behind his hand at the effect he gets. (p. 128)
At six-fifteen in the evening she finished the book. I wonder if Joe got to the end of it? she wondered. There's so much more in it than he understood. What is it Abendsen wanted to say? Nothing about his make-believe world. Am I the only one who knows? I'll bet I am; nobody else really understands Grasshopper but me - they just imagine they do.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (2)

Book description
Haiku summary
Alternate history
given alternate history;
what's true? What isn't?
Complex novel in
scope and ideas but flawed in
its execution.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679740678, Paperback)

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 20 years earlier the United States lost a war--and is now occupied jointly 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 awake.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:53 -0400)

(see all 10 descriptions)

"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 coommon as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan." -- Back cover.… (more)

» see all 14 descriptions

Quick Links

Popular covers


Average: (3.71)
0.5 3
1 42
1.5 17
2 179
2.5 63
3 626
3.5 203
4 908
4.5 103
5 539

Penguin Australia

An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 134,144,470 books! | Top bar: Always visible