The Man in the high Castle book review tells that it is an award-winning novel by Philip K Dick, an American author. In 1963, Philip K Dick’s novel won a Hugo award. Philip is considered as an innovator of a new literary genre. The book leaves an impression on the world of literature, culture, and science as well. Basically, it is a historical novel about the aftermath of the Second World War.


The book deals with various themes such as a theme of fate and destiny, a theme of identity and reality and a theme of free-will and prejudice. The author portraits some characters who change to the Oracle if they have any choice. Those who do not change, their free-will gets affected by the Oracle. I Ching is a role in this book that has the ability to change people’s lives and their decisions. His predictions often come true.

He is a leading character in the story, which leads many characters to alter their life by taking bold decisions. Reality vs. fake identity is also one of the most important themes of the story that cannot be ignored. Questions about free-will and fate arouse in the mind of readers, whether fate controls human or they have their free-will? Can anyone arms up against fate or not? And if the people are toys in the hands of fate then what message we can learn from this book?

Character of Childan

In The Man in the High Castle book review, Children uses free-will to take the most significant decisions, but he is not free, and his will is controlled by outside. The author wants to convey a message that we all have to surrender in front of fate and have to act upon, accordingly.

The author knits all events and scenes coherently. The book is filled with many exciting and hot political debates on serious issues. For example, a spy exposes the intrigue of Nazis against the Japanese. Nazis were plotting to use nuclear weapons against them. This information creates a horrific atmosphere and fear among the people. In such a horrible situation, Frank Fink struggles to hide his Jewish identity, assuming a fake name and earns his livelihood by creating antiques in a factory.  Frank’s wife Juliana develops a relationship with an Italian truck driver to explore some secrets.

And Children trades these antiques to the Japanese for earning money, but he has to lose his dignity. However, an in-depth review of The Man in the High Castle tells us that the author has painted real characters instead of painting conventional heroes. They fight against their fate and destiny like real human beings. They do not possess any superhuman quality like that of classic heroes.

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Bottom Line

Thus, we see the combination of two literary genres together in the book: fiction and history. In this way, Philip Dick creates some confusion in the mind of readers, but they do not get exhausted and read it to the very last line with great interest. The portrait of Grasshopper adds some more confusion in the story. Dick, however, succeeds to produce an innovative book in literature.

The Man in the High Castle is an award-winning book. I want to recommend you to read this book if you are a lover of knowing the historical background and aftermath of World War II. You’ll surely enjoy it.

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