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Young Adolf: A Novel Hardcover – Feb 1979


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: George Braziller (Feb. 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807609102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807609101
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,349,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'At once funny and appalling . splendid occasions of high farce . rich in prophetic ironies' OBSERVER *Bainbridge has created a lucicrously funny farce, behind which lurks the destructive power of repressed fantasies & deeply felt resentments' S. TIMES *Bainbridge at her whimsical best, putting fantastic events firmly in a beautifully observed background.' D. TEL. *'A delightfully original conception, executed with great skill and humour' John Fowles --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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* A black comedy about Hitler's time in Liverpool

* 'Vintage bittersweet Bainbridge' - MAIL ON SUNDAY

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There had been a nasty incident, half-way between France and England, when young Adolf, turning in a moment of weakness to take a last look at the hills of Boulogne, had come face to face with a man wearing a beard and thick spectacles. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M Errington VINE VOICE on 20 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
Taking the premise that young Adolf had visited his elder brother who did live in Liverpool, Beryl Bainbridge builds a story on the young misfit's experiences in the city. The cleverness in the plot is the way that the social ills of Liverpool are viewed through the warped mind of an inadequate young man. The psychological effects can be seen as the plot progresses. There are a series of scenes which give the reader flashes of recognition about the effects these experiences had on young Adolph's later life. These flash forwards are at once entertaining and frightening. By involving her audience in the story the author has created a satisfying and thought-provoking narrative. It does not matter that there was no such visit. I'm not quite sure how to pigeon-hole this book. The best I can do is to call it a piece of historical speculative fiction. Or maybe it's just a good novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris Warne on 27 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I am shocked by the negative reviews of this book. People tend to be taking it a little too seriously. It is a work of fiction and should be viewed as such. Hitler and his brother are the only 'real' characters in the novel but if Hitler ever had visited Liverpool when he was younger (which he did not), then this is probably how he would have been. The paranoid, lazy, stubborn, waif who never seemed to fit in anywhere. The story has a strong comedy feel to it, always at Hitler's expense, and at times you feel sorry for the future dictator. My advce would be give it a try!
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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, like another critic it was a book not to take too seriously. Beryl Bainbridge picks out many of the characteristics that Hitler is well known for-laziness, quick tempered, feeling of great sorrow for himself and his background, lack of empathy, selfishness, the list could go on, and Bainbridge incorporates all these characteristics into a short novel, add his brother, and a backdrop of Liverpool in the 1912's, and you have a good story. Beryl Bainbridge always wrote good stories, and I feel that this one is no exception.
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