Inner Truth

I would bet that the majority of people that read The Man in the High Castle do not understand the ending.

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30 Responses to Inner Truth

  1. TB says:

    I read it sometime in my mid-teens, and must admit that I did not. Worth a read again?

  2. magusjanus says:

    Wasnt it something along the lines of us living in a fake world too and we can get glimpes of the real via iching?

    i read the book as a teen, been a while. also didnt the japanese guy end up in our world somehow?

    • Steven C. says:

      You mean Trade Minister Tagomi. That’s from the Amazon Prime TV series which starts similar to the book, but deviates farther and farther with each episode.

  3. pyrrhus says:

    The first time I read it,as a teen, I missed the fact that neither the ‘High Castle’ world, nor the I Ching world in which the Allies won the war, is even close to the world the readers have experienced…

  4. The Babe says:

    Well, go on, tiger. What is it, then?

  5. Dick planned a sequel and so left the ending “open.”

  6. NumberOneCustomer says:

    I’ve read a handful of his novels, but I put down, about 2/3 through, a compilation of Dick’s short stories not long ago. They were making ME feel schizophrenic.

  7. shadow on the wall says:

    The ending? Three possibilities:
    1/ Both Nazi victory timeline and the “Cold War” timeline where we, readers of the book, live are illusions, and the utopian “Grasshopper” timeline where British Empire is triumphant is true.
    2/ There is no “true” reality, it is all illusion all the way down.
    3/ I got it all wrong.

  8. dearieme says:

    I hoovered up sci-fi in my teens but about the only one I can remember is Flowers for Algernon. I’m not usually sentimental but that one moved me. Blub, blub! It certainly seemed compatible with the proposition that “tragedy” means that the outcome is inevitable.

    I can remember thinking Asimov overrated. But what else can be said? Sci fi is just a phase you go through, stuff to read when it’s too wet, dark, or cold to spend time outdoors.

    • EMP says:

      I read FFA again recently, after it was alluded to Stephenson’s latest. My goodness, it is a tragic story. Brought me to tears. Beautifully written.

  9. The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is an alternate history novel within a novel similar to, but different from, our world. One where Winston Churchill drives the British empire to be racist. And eventually to defeat the US to expand. So the “inner truth” from that alt history novel within a novel at the ending is that the racist empires ultimately win in all the alternate histories.

    Dick was paranoid from his schizophrenia of course. So our timeline will be fine. Just fine.

  10. Steve Johnson says:

    Reading the wikipedia plot summary there’s one interpretation of the meaning of the ending that’s pretty obvious.

    The Nazis have drained the Mediterranean to make room for farmland, developed and used the hydrogen bomb, and designed rockets for extremely fast travel across the world as well as space, having colonized the Moon, Venus, and Mars.


    After dodging many of Juliana’s questions about his inspiration for his novel, Abendsen finally confesses that he used the I Ching to guide his writing of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. Before leaving, Juliana infers then that “Truth” wrote the book in order to reveal the “Inner Truth” that Japan and Germany really lost World War II.

  11. sam57l0 says:

    I read it years ago. I may still have the book, if it’s in storage. And that’s ALL I remember of it.

  12. Lior says:

    I will never fully understand; that is the nature of such creatures. Or is this Inner Truth now, this that is happening to me? I will wait. I will see. Which it is. Perhaps it is both.

  13. Ryan says:

    This is how my college professor explained it.

    PKD writes himself into his books a lot. In this case he is the character Abendsen who is the author of the in book alternate history of the world The Grasshopper Lies Heavy in which the allied powers won WW2. In the book Abdensen reveals that he use the Y Ching to write the book, that he would get to a turning point and ask the Y Ching what happens next in the story. At the end of Man in the High Castle Juliana visits Abdensen and has him ask the Y Ching why it had him write The Grasshopper Lies Heavy. The answer it gives is because it’s the truth. This is metaphysically hard on the characters.

    Up one level. In the real world PKD set out to write a book called The Man in the High Castle, an alternate history in which the Axis powers won WW2. Dick uses the Y Ching to write the book, he would get to a turning point and ask the Y Ching what happens next in the story. As he is writing the last scene in the book he asks the Y Ching why it had him write The Man in the High Castle, and the answer it gives is because it’s the truth. This is metaphysically hard on the reader.

  14. Tanturn says:


  15. epoch says:

    “Above the lake is the wind. Inner Truth.
    The noble one deliberates over legal arguments and delays executions.”

  16. josh says:

    I’ve actually been meaning to contact you about your Visa or Mastercard account.

  17. athEIst says:

    I plan to read it as soon as I figure out UBIK. I will reread UBIK with your idea of the protaganists discovering they are characters in a book.

  18. MEH 0910 says:

    The Further Adventures Of Nick Danger

    NICK: Well, Bradshaw — It’s like in The Army, you know–The Great
    Prince issues commands, founds states, vests families with fiefs.
    Inferior people should not be employed

    BRADSHAW: Nick, I can’t knock success, but you still put me through
    too many changes.

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