Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Book Report - Making History

This week's reading selection is Making History by Stephen Fry

About the Author:

Stephen Fry is a British Author, comedian, actor, and director. His other books include: The Liar, The Hippopotamus, and The Stars' Tennis Balls. His television credits include The Black Adder, and Jeeves and Wooster.

About the book:

The plot is straight-forward enough. A doctoral candidate at Cambridge is attempting to get his dissertation, which concerns the early life of Adolph Hitler, accepted so that he can get on with the next part of his life; the high-excitement of professorship at St. Matthew's College, Cambridge. That is until his life takes a tragic turn that begins when his girlfriend leaves him.

The plot involves time travel and changing history. The novel is divided into two books the first concerning "real" history and the second concerning and alternative history in which Hitler had never been born. Although the subject matter is a bit dark, the book (thus far) is well written and treated in a wonderfully humorous manner that has given me many a chuckle this far.

At the mid-point of the book I would recommend it.

Don Bergquist - 31-August-2005 - Lakewood, Colorado

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