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Making History

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I particularly enjoyed how Fry shows the same scene, set during World War I, twice, once from the original timeline and once from the timeline after Michael erases Hitler. What is more, Fry did this rather well and without resorting to a lot of stereotyping or using cliches. The humour in Making History is entirely at Michael’s expense (another reason he is an unlikable protagonist). The action immediately speeded up as I witnessed a major emotional confrontation spool through in this script mode – feeling completely unconnected to the characters.

The book is an intriguing premise – two men decide, for very different reasons, to tamper with history by ensuring the one man responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany is never born. Because there was no sixties upsurge of social liberalism and decriminalisation of homosexuality in (Nazi-occupied) Western Europe in this world, in the US the latter is still a felony and racial segregation is still active.I feel somewhat altered by the story of Making History and imagine it will stick with me for a long time. Even tho I love Stephen Fry's books (and pretty much everything else he shares with the world), Making History has been lingering on my kindle without even tempting me to start this.

This isn't the first time I have heard about Stephen Fry, but I was always reluctant to try his books. In 1939, France, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and the Benelux nations capitulate, although Britain rebels in 1941, leading to the execution of several dissidents, among them the Duke of York (the historical King George VI) and George Orwell.When I started the book, the misgivings I had with the premise continued: I liked Fry's writing but I still couldn't get to grips with reading what was in part a biography of Hitler, which, well, I had not planned on ever reading.

It’s very different to the others – a little island, really – because it is more of a genre book, a kind of science fiction.The storyline is a fairly classic one, What would happen if you travelled back in time and prevented Hitler from being born? It mocks him for believing that merely removing Hitler from the picture will somehow defuse the anti-semitism and fascist ideologies throughout Europe in the early twentieth century.

But after several chapters, you see how all of it fits to the story and then I couldn't stop reading. When I saw that this show was in a church hall in the suburbs I thought it might be a bit "Am Dram", but not at all.

Wonderful time travel adventure with lots of consideration of the repercussions of the alternate history created. Later on, the ruthless Gloder murders a fellow soldier who discovered his opportunist machinations, followed by the past-war scene where Gloder joins the budding Nazi Party in 1919 Munchen and becomes its star demagogue. Together, with the help of some little orange male infertility pills and some high-tech gadgetry, they set out to alter history. 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.

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