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Its plot involves the creation of an alternative historical timeline in which Adolf Hitler never existed.

Students at Princeton are purely white and the only Black people on campus are manual workers; students feel free to harass them and use slurs. World War II doesn’t happen, and America exists in a tenuous state of non-aggression with a Fascist/Communist Europe. We have met with Leo and there’s been a couple of interesting plot twists – and then the novel prose comes to abrupt end and I was confronted with a film script. I think anyone interested in history would find this an interesting read - if they can push through the beginning (should it not appeal). Granted, it drew a nice parallel, but those bits were so dry and boring compared to Young's POV, and that was a bit disappointing.This is far more than just another what-if story of counterfactual fiction: it moves both through pathos and humour. The book avoids the real moral dilemma which it could have easily posed and which would have made it a far more profound and thought-provoking work. By the time it had pulled itself into something that aligned with my attention span, my attention had got up and gone out for a drink. I think I read somewhere once that the first rule of timetravel is that you try to kill Hitler, and the second rule is that it either doesn't work, or things get even worse. The Greater German Reich annexes Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Poland, and Turkey, and invades the remnants of the former Soviet Union.

Michael is apprehended by the authorities, who believe that he is a possible spy—since Britain had been under Nazi rule for nearly half a century, anyone speaking like a Briton is suspect. I think Fry was wanting a lighter tone to the novel (he achieved that), but I do not think it met my preference. Having said that though, I am not convinced that Young's comic actions and immaturity were necessarily the best means to relay such an interesting theory.I was also quite amused by the comparisons between "American" and English" expressions in the book, as a Canadian, is was 50/50 as to which one was more familiar to me. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below. In my mind, his knowledge of the German experience between the wars more than made up for the inherent flaws in time travel logic. For someone who is a PhD candidate in history at Cambridge University, his inability to see that removing Hitler from the picture would not change the disastrous situation in Germany after the First World War, and that of course some other leader would emerge, was frankly unbelievable, despite his immaturity. The pages of Making History cackle with a distinctly British flavor ("Theater is dead but sometimes I like to go watch the corpse decompose.

He rose to fame alongside Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Fry and Laurie (which he co-wrote with Laurie) and Jeeves and Wooster, and was unforgettable as General Melchett in Blackadder. Then we also get chapters about how Hitler was working in the first world war, the people that served in the war etc. Stephen Fry tackles this in a best-of-all-possible worlds way in Making History, where his protagonist succeeds in averting Hitler’s birth only for someone more charismatic and cunning to rise to power in his place.In that case, in the 1990s there should have still been a big number of sad old and middle aged Jews with no progeny, and the Nazis could not have kept them completely hidden from the world. If I had not arranged to meet with a friend for lunch, I would have read this book straight through all morning.

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