Having failed to find his bunker, he takes up temporary residence in a newspaper kiosk. There he is discovered by some TV producers, who take him to be a Hitler impersonator of rare method-acting genius. Soon he becomes the star of their satirical programme. His rants against foreigners and the welfare state are both consumed as comedy and secretly admired by a German public fed up with modern politics. To this reader, the novel feels oddly cosy. No doubt it is much more thrillingly transgressive in Germany, where it remains a criminal offence to give a Nazi salute, as various characters do here with mounting enthusiasm.
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This book may read "funny", but to make a somewhat likable comic figure of the most cruel mass murderer the 20th century has seen is not only tasteless but dangerous. Shame on anyone who writes a positive review on this book. Shame on anyone who buys this book or asks for this book at the library.
Shame on anyone who supports the author and the publisher of this book with a I read an excerpt of this book and I talked at length with someone who has read half of it before tossing it with disgust. Shame on anyone who supports the author and the publisher of this book with a single dime.
I am asking anyone who has a single brain cell left: Are 70 million dead in WWII 6 million of them Jews who died in the Holocaust reason to make fun of? The murderer of all these people is not a comic figure. Learning that this book has become a bestseller in Germany makes me ashamed of being German. When I asked which changes were required to make this review meet regulations and guidelines, Amazon replied after one week, apologizing and saying that the rejection had been a mistake.
Amazon, then, published this review without changes. I will see tomorrow whether or not Amazon has accepted it. It reads as follows: 1. How obtuse must I have been to overlook how the younger generations of the stupid masses could benefit from this book! This book can teach them a lot. So, for instance: 1 Hitler is not a scary fairy-tale figure. He has really existed. Besides, there is documented proof that Hitler was born to a — no, not a virgin, but to an earthly woman.
Thus, Hitler was lucky. Because had he been deformed in any way, he might have felt compelled to have himself euthanized. Yet, it says in the bible to love thee neighbor. Either that, or maybe, the author did not think of the bible at all but rather of the average intelligence of his potential readers and of his bank account. For commercial reasons, it is always advisable to have a likable protagonist, one that readers can relate to.
Yet in order to learn this true fact, readers could have saved themselves the expense for this book. Good to know.
Yet this knowledge could also easily be obtained otherwise. Having people shot, blown up, hanged, or gassed is soooooo funny. Besides, humor is the best weapon for stopping evil tyrants. This is how Hitler and Stalin were stopped from murdering many millions of people. Wait a moment! I got a little confused here. Allow me. At age 75, I am entitled to a little brain fog. So forget it. Or maybe not. Never mind. Anyway, it is o. While not every wannabe bestseller-author may be successful with such a book, it is, at least, worth a try.
If this works out, you can always advance to bigger book projects, such as making an avuncular, likable protagonist out of Saddam Hussain or Nero — Nero, I said, not Nehru, stupid! Yet here, I have to admit that it was a disadvantage not to have read the whole book. But I am sure that the smartest of the not-so-smart readers will have figured out a way how this could be done, even though as I have heard the author did not bother to elaborate.
And this may be true. However, for those with somewhat elevated brain function, I would recommend a few other books instead of the above mentioned.
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