I just finished this and I don't understand the ending. Who gives a shit if the guy wrote it using the I Ching?
Yeah you're going to have to elaborate there a little.
Dick is all about creating multiple realities and leaving the reader to think that there is more out there, up for interpretation. If i remember, Ubik ended pretty similarly where the characters couldn't decide if they had died or have been living in a separate reality.
>"Dude we are in a book all along!"
>people liking this shit
i disagree with >>7619960
i think discovering a 'truth' in the book suggests that the alternate world is not so impossible. this would probably be expanded upon in the sequel that was never written, either as a philosophical point or as a plot device that inspires some sort of rebellion.
don't read philip k dick for SCIENCE fiction. he wrote half assed potboilers to pay the rent and most took inspiration from theology, philosophy, and psychedelic experiences
my personal favorite is Valis, though it's hard to call it 'strong' for all its rambling sloppiness
I would reccomend A Scanner Darkly for a well rounded novel about addiction or The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch for a fairly tight novel of psychedelia and uncertain realities
Three Stigmata was hugely influential on the scifi genre and the idea of simulated reality. it comes across a little cliche today if you're well read or have just seen the many movies that riff off it like The Matrix or Inception - but it still holds up imo.
of course even his tightest novel still has ramblings on drug addiction and the nature of god. if you're completely averse to that kind of stuff and want realistic science fiction PKD jsut ain't yer guy
basically julianna realized they were living in an alternate future and that the i ching was giving abdensen the directions on the world as it was in the universe that tagomi was transported to by Fink's item. Dick (allegedly) wrote the book using the i ching to make plot decisions so it's kind of woah trippy shit dude the ending (like a lot of Dicks work)
One question I had after finishing it; Was it trying to imply that the universe in the Grasshopper was the real one and that our universe was just as fake as the one in The Man In the High Castle, or the other way around?