An Alternative Axis

30 07 2016

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

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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. . .

Despite the TV adaptation hype (I think the Amazon series is rather different from the book) this is well worth a read. The alternative reality is sketched out very credibly and with lot of rich detail. The alternative possibility to this – a different reality in which the Allies won the war – may or may not be real.

 

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30 07 2016
crps1

Read this for the first time a couple of years ago when on a Philip K Dick binge. Fantastic concept & executed wonderfully, one of the few times that Dick turns a great idea into a great book. Just 1 gripe on the review, for me it’s a clear 4* book, maybe even a 4.5*

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