- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press (2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593062051
- ISBN-13: 978-0593062050
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.4 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (789 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Two Brothers Hardcover – 2012
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He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty.
He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You.
He is married with three children.
A deeply poignant novel set in Berlin between 1920 and 1945
About the Author
Ben Elton is one our most provocative and entertaining writers, author of thirteen internationally bestselling novels. His multi-award-winning TV credits include The Young Ones, Blackadder and Mr Bean. His stage hits include the Olivier Award winner Popcorn and the global phenomenon We Will Rock You.
Ben, his wife Sophie, and their three children divide their time between their homes in Australia and the UK.
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Top Customer Reviews
This isn't just the tale of Otto and Paulus, though. Two Brothers is an immensely rich and captivating portrayal of the lives of many of the family's friends, relatives and colleagues, some Jewish, some not Jewish, but all compelled to play a part in the Nazi hell that is consuming their country and city. The stories of Otto and Paulus are entwined completely with those of two girls: Silke,a Christian, and Dagmar Fischer, a rich Jewish girl. The four children form the Saturday Club. As they grow into teenagers and young adults, this Club takes on a whole new significance and the ties between them become lifelines.
Years ago I remember reading Ben Elton's novels (particularly Stark and Gridlock) while both enjoying and being irritated by his stand-up humour during those hard years in the 1980s. Any doubts as to the pathos and tragedy that Ben Elton can instil into his humour were dispelled by Blackadder. Those same qualities are perfected in Two Brothers.Read more ›
- and, in case you wondered, No it's not a little bit of political satire.
Of course, there is a lot to be depressed about in the book. It would not be possible to produce a remotely accurate book on this subject without its being depressing. But Elton understands that bleak subjects can only be borne by readers if humour is included. It may seem odd to someone who has not read this novel, but knows its subject matter, to be told that this reader sometimes laughed out loud when reading it.
And then there is the fact that this is a love story, even more than a story about the Holocaust. The relationship, from very early childhood, of Otto, Paulus, Dagmar and Silke is beautifully described. Each of those characters is extraordinarily well drawn. One adores each and becomes infuriated with each at regular intervals.
The jumps between the pre-war and war years on the one hand and the 1950s on the other work extremely well. Who is Stone, we ask ourselves for at least half of the book. And we give different answers at different stages. But we know we won't be sure until the answer is finally revealed.
Maybe it was hard of me to give the book only four, not five, stars. But I must explain my decision. And I acknowledge I may be quite wrong. It just seemed to me that the portrayal of ordinary German men and women was sometimes too cruel. Elton's account suggests that, almost overnight, pretty well every non-Jew German became a violent Jew-hater. Is it really possible that all Germans were as evil as he suggests?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book. As often with Mr Elton there are twists and turns even in a largely historical novel.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very compelling read, loved the characters. It gave an insight into the build up of the persecution of Jews in pre WW2 Germany and the suffering they encountered. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mrs McD
Wonderful story and told with great detail so that I could actually see them in my mind.Published 23 days ago by Gloster Gal
I loved loved loved this book! I could barely put it down and read it in record time only to be disappointed that it had finished when I got to the end. Read morePublished 24 days ago by puineagigs