I just finished Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle and it was as good as I remembered it. I won’t spoil much as I’m writing a full review, but what I loved about it was the fact that it could have taken the easy route and been an action book or some typical adventure showcasing the ‘good guys’ overcoming the bad guys. But it takes a much more cerebral and philosophical route, exploring alternative realities and the metaphysics of hope in ways that were surprisingly touching. In fact, one of the greatest battles is mental, a simple confrontation between Childan and a Japanese male giving him a choice on trinkets. In some ways, that jewel Frank Frink creates is a symbol for the kind of work Dick hoped to make (though the more obvious parallel is with Grasshopper). There were a lot of great quotes and I’ll just mention this one which Mr. Tagomi relays to Miss Ephreikian.
“Determination to exalt and immolate themselves and so obtain a niche in history from which no life form can cast them, no matter what may transpire. We are all insects. Groping towards something terrible or divine.”
Stay tuned for the full review.