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Making History

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Wonderful time travel adventure with lots of consideration of the repercussions of the alternate history created. There are numerous World War II alternative history texts wherein events during the war occurred differently from those in history. Every chapter told by the first-person narrator in the (changing) late 20th century reality is followed by one in the German past. What is so apparent is that the world Mikey leaves behind, in which Hitler lived, is a much happier place than the one that happened without him, in which America, of all places, is still stuck in a kind of Eisenhower period of cookies and crewcuts and "gosh" and "swell", where you can't be gay and you can't be this and you can’t be that.

The imagination is helped along at times by the clever use of almost a screenplay type script, very cleverly used to aid communication between author's minds and the readers. His epic dissertation, 200,000 words on Hitler's early childhood, is finally done, printed out and ready to deliver.However, it is later revealed that Leo was born Axil Bauer, the son of Dietrich Bauer, a Nazi doctor at Auschwitz who – when the Nazi defeat became certain – gave his son the identity of a Jewish doctor that he murdered.

Making History is funny, moving, romantic and told with Stephen Fry's characteristic skill and brilliance. It really looked as if we were moving towards the millennium in a period of peace and prosperity, with huge, benevolent technological advances that seemed to have no downsides. I really like listening to Stephen Fry’s voice, but his sections of the story are tough to believe the plot. I should say, one thing I am indecently proud of is that I invented the iPad 15 years before it arrived.However, the result isn’t what they bargained for… As a former history student, I thoroughly enjoyed Fry’s thorough approach to the historical content and had no problem with the leisurely start. He lives with his girlfriend Jane, who is a very clever ambitious Chemist (I think, idk anymore) and both of them are so different that this relationship isn't good for any of them. Considering the number of lines to learn, Mike's part was delivered flawlessly, professionally and with tremendous enthusiasm. What I loved about Fry's story is that he did not rely on a naive plot, but actually put a lot of thought into his conjectures, where one change effects so many things that outcomes are not predictable.

But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine, and nothing – past, present or future – will ever be the same again. The implications on changing the past have been visited many a time before, with better end worse results. 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. Barely two stars, one being for the alternate outcome for Europe that Fry imagined and described well and succinctly. When reality adjusts to Hitler’s absence, Michael finds himself not in Cambridge but Princeton, where he is supposed have an American accent.All in all, it’s an interesting book with an interesting premise and if you enjoy alternate histories, I highly recommend it. Stephen Fry's working is admittedly engaging and smart and, not least of all, funny, but somehow Fry's famous wit does not work in this work of fiction. Why has it taken so long, I do not know, but finally it is here, and finally I can hear this book again. D. in History, encounters a non-assuming physics professor on a fateful day, thereby changing his life and the whole course of history. In a rather circular, roundabout way, Fry makes the point that cultural conditions result in so many things that the removal of one person won't necessarily mitigate the development of some particular outcome.

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