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The Man in the High Castle (Vintage) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 30. Juni 1992


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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reissue (30. Juni 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0679740678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679740674
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,1 x 1,5 x 20,2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (62 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 332.619 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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"The most consistently brilliant science fiction writer in the world."--John Brunner

"[Dick] sees all the sparkling and terrifying possibilities... that other authors shy away from."--Rolling Stone

"The fact that what Dick is entertaining us about is reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation--this has escaped most critics. Nobody notices that we have our own homegrown Borges, and have had him for thirty years."--Ursula Le Guin, The New Republic

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After the defeat of the Allies during World War II, the United States is divided up and ruled by the Axis powers.

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8 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 26. Januar 1998
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Alternate history...Philip K. Dick style.
What does that mean? Well, basically, if you think that the characters in this book seem a little out of place, keep reading, and you may find YOURSELF out of place.
On the surface, it is the usual time-shifting novel...FDR was assasinated in 1936, and as a result, the United States lost WW II. Twenty years in the future, when the novel takes place, Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire have occupied the United States and imposed their brand of culture on their respective halves of the American populace.
But this book really isn't about alternate time lines...its about alternate realities. Things are not as they seem...characters' true identities are hidden, and their moralities are tested. It's about the nature of the true state of the universe, Eastern religion, and the I-Ching. When Philip K. Dick is at his best, his characters question their own existence, and it soon follows that the readers do the same.
So when you come to the end of the book, hopefully, a number of things will happen:
Number 1: You'll instantly re-read the ending.
Number 2: You'll throw the book against the wall and exclaim "that's it?"
Number 3: You'll probably re-read the ending again.
Number 4: You'll swear that you'll never read another Philip K. Dick novel.
Number 5: Later, you'll think a bit about the book, and realize that the novel wasn't really about what you thought it was.
Number 6: You'll read it again. And again...
This isn't your typical sci-fi novel. The story doesn't wrap-up into a neat little package. Like Eastern religions, time is not linear, it is circular, and that is the reality of the book.
Alternate histories are so commonplace in sci-fi today, that it is important to look at this book as the one that really started it all. A completely original masterpiece...even the followers can't keep up.
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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Dr. Bojan Tunguz am 4. Mai 2011
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Philip K. Dick is a master of unconventional sci-fi and fantasy genre, and those qualities are clearly exhibited in this work. It is set in 1960s America in a world in which Germany and Japan have won the World War II. US and the rest of the world are divided between those two superpowers, and we follow lives of several ordinary Americans who try to adjust themselves to this reality. The characters in the novel are fully developed in a manner that we've come to expect from Dick's later novels. Their personal struggles are intertwined with the new geopolitical power plays. The title of the novel refers to the sobriquet for Hawthorne Abendsen, a fictional writer of the book "The Grasshopper Lies Heavy" which forms a story-within-a-story and a sort of MacGuffin for this novel. This fictional book will also be at the center of the denouement of this novel, and may provide the clue for what this novel was all about.

The Man in the High Castle is another brilliant and thought provoking novel. It is an engrossing and fun read as well, and a true classic of science fiction.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Edward J. Tabler am 15. Mai 2000
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The Man in the High Castle is Dick's masterpiece. Along with VALIS and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, it completes the trilogy of the author's essential works. A must read for Dickheads or for anyone who considers himself a serious fan of science fiction. Dick was clearly influenced by two earlier works of alternative history, Sarban's The Sound of His Horn and C. M. Kornbluth's "Two Dooms". In turn, The Man in the High Castle has influenced any number of later works, not just Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream and the novels of Harry Turtledove, but Ursula LeGuin's The Lathe of Heaven as well.
This is a very complex, suspenseful novel, consisting of four main plot lines and a host of characters whose lives sometimes interact. Don't expect any slam-bang pyrotechnic action here, despite the novel's provocative premise. It's more a slice of life tale, showing that even after a catastrophic defeat, life in America would go on. Dick is very good at detailing the nuances of life in Axis-ruled America. For example, at one point as an aside, it is pointed out that after the Nazi pograms, the only surviving prewar comedian is Bob Hope, and even he has to broadcast out of Canada. Also, an unintended irony for a novel written in 1962 is Dick's conjecture that if the United States had lost WWII, we would all be listening to Japanese audio equipment and driving German cars now. The author achieves the near impossible feat of actually being even-handed towards the Nazis without glamorizing them. He describes them at one point as Neanderthals in white lab coats, technological geniuses who have drained the Mediterranean and are conquering the Solar System, yet are morally bankrupt.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von David N. Reiss am 3. Mai 2000
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First off, I would just like to comment that I have never really liked the fact that SFWA requires that a writer be alive in order to be given the title "Grand Master". Philip K. Dick died in 1982, and was a realitivly young 54 at the time of his death. They almost didn't quiet make it in time to give the Grand Master award to Alfred Bester. They didn't make it in time for Dick, like Theodore Sturgeron, Henry Kuttner and John W. Campbell, as well as others. Phil Dick should be should be made a Grand Master of Science Fiction postumously. The Novels and Short Stories that Dick produced in his lifetime are some of the best SF ever written.
The Man in the High Castle is not your average SF novel. In some ways, it isn't an SF novel. It is set in an alternative history, which is about all that makes it SF except for the way it tells the story. If it was not written by "an SF author" it probably would not be considered SF by most people . But it is SF cause it deals with large ideas that most other literature wouldn't touch with a ten foot poll. Basically, it deals with a concept of what the future holds of humanity. The world it is set in is very alien to us. Nazi's -- pretty much nothing more than evil space aliens. Of course, evil space aliens that we are all too familure with. (Lets hope they remain nothing more than evil space aliens of literuture too. Once was one too many times for us as a species to play around with things like Nazism.)
In the end, the story line kind of just ends. It ends with a esoteric view on things in the book. A world where Nazi's and Japanese are competing in a Cold War that threats to flame into a hot war at any moment. Which all just acts as a backdrop... Ideas, the stuff of SF.
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