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The Patient Ecstasy of Fraulein Braun [Hardcover]

Lavonne Mueller
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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Opus Books (April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623160081
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623160081
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,640,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars The fictional thoughts of Eva, not the author 3 July 2013
By D. Brown VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Believe me when I say I really have thought long and hard before writing this review. An erotic book where Hitler and Eva Braun are the characters? What could you possibly write? Well, firstly, that is a pretty simplistic explanation of this title, which came across to me as less of an erotic romance and more a historical fiction novel where erotica is not used to titilate or excite but to highlight the power and control issues, Eva's insecurities, her unwavering devotion.

This was never going to be an easy title to release. The very subject matter leaves it open to criticism before the book has even been opened. However, despite the fact that Hitler is made out to be charismatic, charming, attractive to her, it remains very clear throughout the novel that this is Eva's viewpoint only. This book in no way offers condonement of Hitler's thoughts and actions from Mueller's point of view. It is entirely fictional in that respect.

There has long been speculation about Hitler's sexual preferences, some of which has arisen from propaganda campaigns during WWII, some from other rumours, particularly regarding the death of his niece. Little conclusive proof or evidence seems to exist but I can see why Mueller has used sex within this book in the way she has. Eva is infatuated. It thwarts her reason and logic, affects her morality. Hitler's charisma has been much researched, remarked upon, documented. Though this alone can never explain why people supported him to such lengths, Mueller has used Eva's idolatry and obsession with him to highlight this aspect of his character.

I don't believe this is a book that can ever be read as an erotic romance and that - for me - is entirely why this book is acceptable. It is dark and tormented.
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By Traxy
Format:Hardcover
Having read this novel, I think calling it an erotic novel is to do it a dis-service (!). It's not exactly "I gazed into his sapphire blue bedroom eyes" or a Mills & Boon Historical we're talking about. Instead, go for wildly depraved and genuinely messed up collection of high-up Nazi characters as described by Eva Braun.

There is sex in there, oh yes, but to call it erotica ... no thank you. The first adjective that came to mind wasn't "erotic", it was "squicky", because it was about a bunch people getting incredibly frisky very near the end of the war (desperate times, desperate measures?) and not caring who saw them.

The one who gets around the most is Magda Goebbels, the wife of the propaganda minister, who doesn't seem to know how to keep her legs closed. It makes me wonder how the author can get away with writing real people in this way if there isn't any hard evidence that they really were like that in reality. Then again, it's pretty difficult to make someone who murdered her six children in their sleep before committing suicide sound like a worse person than she actually was. And that's even if you put aside the fact that she was a prominent Nazi and married to Hitler's propaganda minister. If anyone has defamed her character, surely she did that job herself!

But it makes you wonder. It says the book has been researched and everything, but I'm left wondering what "facts" are actual, verifiable, historical facts and what's been made up for dramatic purposes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Squicky, uncomfortable and not for the faint-hearted 1 May 2013
By Traxy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Having read this novel, I think calling it an erotic novel is to do it a dis-service (!). It's not exactly "I gazed into his sapphire blue bedroom eyes" or a Harlequin Historical we're talking about. Instead, go for wildly depraved and genuinely messed up collection of high-up Nazi characters as described by Eva Braun.

There is sex in there, oh yes, but to call it erotica ... no thank you. The first adjective that came to mind wasn't "erotic", it was "squicky", because it was about a bunch people getting incredibly frisky very near the end of the war (desperate times, desperate measures?) and not caring who saw them.

The one who gets around the most is Magda Goebbels, the wife of the propaganda minister, who doesn't seem to know how to keep her legs closed. It makes me wonder how the author can get away with writing real people in this way if there isn't any hard evidence that they really were like that in reality. Then again, it's pretty difficult to make someone who murdered her six children in their sleep before committing suicide sound like a worse person than she actually was. And that's even if you put aside the fact that she was a prominent Nazi and married to Hitler's propaganda minister. If anyone has defamed her character, surely she did that job herself!

But it makes you wonder. It says the book has been researched and everything, but I'm left wondering what "facts" are actual, verifiable, historical facts and what's been made up for dramatic purposes.

At any rate, "The Patient Ecstasy of Fraulein Braun" is not "Führer Porn", nor does it paint the Führerbunker's inhabitants and the Nazi party leadership in ways that are remotely flattering, even if Eva herself of course thinks her darling "Adi" is a genius and the bestest thing since sliced bread and she can't wait to wed and bed him, despite him having a variety of not-so-savoury health issues. The autobiography and diary of Eva Braun is not for those of a weak stomach!

You keep forgetting it's written by an American author and not Eva Braun herself, and the only real criticism I have (aside from "OMG, ewwww!!") is the gratuitous use of German phrases. Either stick with the English translation - considering the rest of the book is in English anyway - or don't write it twice it if it's just one word. Or put the translation in a footnote to avoid repeating yourself by writing something like "Verdammt. Damned." It clogs up the flow.

Aside from that, it was an interesting read. I can't say it was enjoyable, because if anything, it was deeply uncomfortable, but it was ... different. Fascinating, in a "looking inside the mind of a crazy lady" sort of way.

If you want a to read about a bunch of perverts ruling most of Europe, about to lose a war and therefore planning suicide, being described by a mentally deranged person, then ... this is it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Appalling 30 April 2013
By Tiffany A. Harkleroad - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Eva Braun is in love with the most powerful man in Germany, and to Adolph, Germany comes first. Adolph will never love her as he loves Germany, and she accepts this. She pines for him in a way that is almost religious in nature, and succumbs to his every wish, no matter how perverse. For her loyalty, she is rewarded with a wedding, followed by her own death.

Given that I went into this book knowing it was about Adolph Hitler and Eva Braun, and the fact that is is marketed as a "disturbing erotic look" at their story, I am not sure what I expected. What I got was a disgusting book. I am not sure how much of the behavior of the historical figures in the book is accurate, but it was filthy. The extreme kinks of Hitler and the ridiculously promiscuous behavior of the wife of a high ranking officer are so extreme, it made me a bit nauseated.

The historical aspect of the book is fascinating, focusing on the last days in Hitler's bunker, the panic and paranoia that was running rampant among the ranks, and the fall of the perfect Nazi kingdom. Make no mistake, the writing is solid, and engaging. But the subject matter is a bit appalling. I am sure there is a market for it, after all, I read it (in hindsight, I wish I had not). I really just do not care to know how Hitler got his rocks off, though I am sure some people would love to know.

What got me most was the unabashed nature of the book. There was never any hint that Hitler's actions were even slightly wrong, let alone as morally reprehensible as we all know them to be. And the blind fervor with which these people believed in Hitler, to the point they would murder their own children and commit suicide? I have a hard time fathoming that; I would hoping this book would make me understand, and all it did was make me ask more questions.

I received a review copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Forget! 19 Nov 2013
By Lan R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This novel is an extremely imaginative depiction of the unquestioning love of a simple, almost retarded "nobody" who is "head over heels" in love with a publicly worshiped and heralded "somebody" who is in fact a Monster.
The title tells us that.
It is all too easy for 21st century world to forget that Adolph Hitler was the "greatly beloved" and popular leader
of one of the 20th Century's most powerful and populous nations. Eve Braun was NOT alone!
The remarkable thing in this novel is how Ms. Mueller takes us "kicking & screaming" into the psyche of the young woman who "loved unwisely but too well." It is a kind of history lesson we can't afford to forget.
Eva Braun's "ecstasy" repels one as one reads of it...but shouldn't & doesn't release the reader for an instant.
Lanie Robertson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNIQUE AND CREATIVE VIEW OF HISTORY 3 Sep 2013
By Jerry L. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Outstanding research and imaginative use of it. Excellent work by Lavonne! This novel incorporates fact with fiction, resulting in an outstanding read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eva's fictional viewpoint, rather than the author's 3 July 2013
By D. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Believe me when I say I really have thought long and hard before writing this review. An erotic book where Hitler and Eva Braun are the characters? What could you possibly write? Well, firstly, that is a pretty simplistic explanation of this title, which came across to me as less of an erotic romance and more a historical fiction novel where erotica is not used to titilate or excite but to highlight the power and control issues, Eva's insecurities, her unwavering devotion.

This was never going to be an easy title to release. The very subject matter leaves it open to criticism before the book has even been opened. However, despite the fact that Hitler is made out to be charismatic, charming, attractive to her, it remains very clear throughout the novel that this is Eva's viewpoint only. This book in no way offers condonement of Hitler's thoughts and actions from Mueller's point of view. It is entirely fictional in that respect.

There has long been speculation about Hitler's sexual preferences, some of which has arisen from propaganda campaigns during WWII, some from other rumours, particularly regarding the death of his niece. Little conclusive proof or evidence seems to exist but I can see why Mueller has used sex within this book in the way she has. Eva is infatuated. It thwarts her reason and logic, affects her morality. Hitler's charisma has been much researched, remarked upon, documented. Though this alone can never explain why people supported him to such lengths, Mueller has used Eva's idolatry and obsession with him to highlight this aspect of his character.

I don't believe this is a book that can ever be read as an erotic romance and that - for me - is entirely why this book is acceptable. It is dark and tormented. The `patient ecstasy' that Eva feels is actually a torment she feels she must endure. This is not a love story. This is a story of two obsessions, neither of which could ever end anything but terribly. Eva's obsession sadly led to her own demise, while Hitler's led to the terrible, tragic and unforgivable demise of millions of innocents.

I'm rating this a three because while I appreciated the research, attention to detail and fact that this was constructed as sensitively as the subject matter would allow, it was a good book but - in my mind - not an amazing one. At times it felt a little confused and jumped a little. Some things within the book seem a little reach too far, such as a request Frau Goebbels makes of Hitler towards the end.

The topic and characters are controversial and I applaud Mueller for a very brave undertaking, one which I'm very sure was neither intended to cause offense or indicate disrespect. Is there a reason this book needed to be written? Perhaps not, except for the fact that Eva Braun was someone equally taken in by Hitler's promises. A warning to us all, perhaps, that charm and charisma can hide a true evil.

**I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all views are my own.**
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