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Light reading for the beach,
This review is from: Young Adolf (Paperback)
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.