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A Story Told From The Heart
on 18 May 2013
This story drips historical accuracy clothed in an engaging tale about two brothers, one the real son of a Jewish Doctor and her Jazz playing husband, the other a boy born to a dead German gentile and adopted at birth. The two boys are raised as twins. It takes the reader through the tragedy of post WW1 Germany, the brief heyday of the Weimar Republic to the madness of the Nazi years. The general history is well known, but the detail is astonishing. Did the Nazi's really remove the telephones from Jewish homes? I had never considered it before, nor many of the other petty restrictions placed on the Jews living under an evil regime during the 1930's.
The story is told in flashback from the point of view of the surviving brother living in London in the 1950's, but its clearly signposted so there is little confusion about what is happening and when. It would take a heart of stone not to be moved, and one scene in particulalr (I won't spoil the story by revealing which scene) that moved a cynical old codger to tears.
Ben Elton is best known as a writer and performer of comedy, but in this book there are few laughs. Don't let this put you off. Its a wonderfull story extremely well told. We can only hope that history is never repeated and Ben never has cause to write a similar story set in the 21st century.