The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick



“The universe will never be extinguished because just when the darkness seems to have smothered all, to be truly transcendent, the new seeds of light are reborn in the very depths. That is the Way. When the seed falls, it falls into the earth, into the soil. And beneath, out of sight, it comes to life.”

Title: The Man in the High Castle
Author: Philip K. Dick
Good things about this book: It is intriguing and interesting and it has potential.
Bad things about this book: It may not be very long but it has many slow parts that make it seem longer.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I can’t think of a reason why you can’t give it a try.
Rate: 3/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I don’t think I really understood how this book ended. I kind of liked it, not every part of it, though. I enjoyed some parts while others were a bit boring. Too much talking, too many inner monologues and my mind tended to wonder somewhere else. The potential of this book was immense but the theme is maybe too complex to be developed in written form with success.

I liked a lot how everything was somewhat connected, like a super dark and dystopic Love Actually, with little connections of the characters and the situations. The oracle, the colt, the pin, the Grasshopper!

That book and the reason behind it. Did I understand the last few pages? I’m not sure. I understood a little bit, of that I’m positive. No, maybe I didn’t understand it, maybe all I’ve read was a dream and nothing was real. I think I will think about that ending a bit more. It’s kind of driving me crazy.

This book is definitely different from the tv show. I still have to start season 2 but from what I saw in the first one, there are many differences. I’m curious now, I want to know what it’s going to happen and if it will help me understand that damned ending!

This book has lots of interesting situations and it makes you wonder about everything that’s happened and is happening nowadays. It took me a lot to read it, too many distractions, but I have been talking about it a lot with lots of people. It has rarely happened with books I’m reading. That has to be a good thing, right? I have already promised a coworker to lend it to him as soon as I finished it.

One thing is sure: this won’t be my first and last book by this author.


4 thoughts on “The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

  1. I really agree with your comments about the ending; I found the same thing – it seemed complex, and I wasn’t entirely sure what happened. I haven’t seen the TV series, but I look forward to watching it at some point. Have you read any other political Dystopia (e.g. Orwell’s 1984)?
    I wrote my own book review of The Man In The High Castle here:

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