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4.0 out of 5 stars Rather Good!
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,...
Published on 27 July 2010 by Chris Warne

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3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for the beach
Granted, it's not to difficult to make fun of Hitler and probably it's even important to do so. Because exposing the ridiculous side of facism kills is fascination. However, Bainbridge picks the young Hitler and portrays him as clueless and paranoid. She combines this with memories of his truly unpleasant childhood and early years in Vienna. This does certainly not work...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather Good!, 27 July 2010
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This review is from: Young Adolf (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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and thought-proving, 20 Jun 2011
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A FICTIONAL EXEPRIENCE WITH THE YOUNG HITLER, 21 Dec 2013
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Adolf, 5 Aug 2010
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This is about an imagined visit by a young Adolf Hitler to Liverpool. He stays with his step brother and wife. His confused observations and inadvertant inclusion in a revolt make this an entertaining book.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light reading for the beach, 15 May 2008
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Granted, it's not to difficult to make fun of Hitler and probably it's even important to do so. Because exposing the ridiculous side of facism kills is fascination. However, Bainbridge picks the young Hitler and portrays him as clueless and paranoid. She combines this with memories of his truly unpleasant childhood and early years in Vienna. This does certainly not work because it does not make sense to create empathy for a person and then expose him to ridicule. So all in all this book is an uneasy mixture of satire and psychological novella. I think Bainbridhe should have decided whether to write a serious book about Hitler at this point in his life (which could have been interesting) or just a farce. In terms of trhe book being funny it's a pitty that Bainbridge did not really make full use of the potential Hitler's encounters with the English would have provided for comedy. So all in all the book is readable but only for its entertainment value.
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