The Man In The High Castle Book Summary and Study Guide

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The Japanese and Germans won the Second World War in 1947. Now it is 1962, and they are still jockeying subtly for power over their halves of the world, and especially in the former U.S. Frank Frink, an LA metalworker in one of the industries that fabricates historic weapons and other fake antiques for an avid collector's market, is recently divorced and has lost his job. His ex-wife Juliana is a judo instructor in Colorado. They, along with Robert Childan (a dealer in collectibles), a spy known as Baynes, and several Japanese and German bureaucrats, wonder about Hawthorne Abendsen, the "Man in the High Castle," who wrote a bestselling novel in which FDR wasn't assassinated early in his first term, the Italians betrayed the Axis, and the British won the war.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Set in 1962, in a world where the Germans and Japanese won WWII (or did they?). Ordinary Americans, living in a Japanese dominated society, go about their business and lives in a familiar, but strangely different world.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 40% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   alternate history Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar worker Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   some scientific explanation Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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