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5.0 von 5 Sternen DAS ist ein Buch
Dieses Buch ist wirklich ein Buch. Wenn man angefangen hat muss einem schon etwas sehr wichtiges dazwischenkommen (das Haus brennt, die Katze klemmt im Fenster oder das Bad steht unter Wasser), damit man es wieder aus der Hand legt. Frys Umgang mit Geschichte ist fantastisch. Er schreibt ohne einem ständig vor Augen zu halten wie wichtig es ist, sich betroffen zu...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Which dog knows the way?
Making History is one of those books that takes a fascinating idea--What Hitler had not been born?--and wanders around wondering just what to do with it. Certainly the inital premise is compling, graduate student Mark Young and his *Jewish* teacher Zuckerman send sterilization tablets back to the water in Hitlers hometown, thus preventing his parents from conceiving him...
Veröffentlicht am 24. April 1998 von Ann W. Unemori


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5.0 von 5 Sternen DAS ist ein Buch, 16. November 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
Dieses Buch ist wirklich ein Buch. Wenn man angefangen hat muss einem schon etwas sehr wichtiges dazwischenkommen (das Haus brennt, die Katze klemmt im Fenster oder das Bad steht unter Wasser), damit man es wieder aus der Hand legt. Frys Umgang mit Geschichte ist fantastisch. Er schreibt ohne einem ständig vor Augen zu halten wie wichtig es ist, sich betroffen zu fühlen und einem einzureden wieviel Verantwortung man selbst noch zu tragen hat. Andererseits ist er auch nicht verharmlosend oder respektlos. Fry hat meiner Meinung nach den perfekten Mittelweg gefunden, wie man 50 Jahre nach dem Holocaust auch darüber schreiben kann. Und er schreibt nunmal mit diesem unvergleichlichen Witz, der einen sogar in der U-Bahn oder im Hörsaal laut loslachen lässt. Dieser Roman ist allen zu empfehlen. Denen die sich nicht für Geschichte interessieren und ganz besonders denen, die sich dafür interessieren.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not just another 'what if' story, 18. November 2005
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History (Taschenbuch)
What a book. All the usual Oscar Wilde flippancy, Evelyn Waugh waspishness and P.G. Wodehouse absurdity, cleverly guided by the pen of one of the world's sharpest wits plus, in this case, maybe just a touch of H.G. Wells thrown in for good measure.
The nub of the plot is that two Cambridge academics decide to reverse history and have Hitler 'unborn'. Simple enough, really! Unfortunately, of course, they don't foresee that the void left by a non-Hitler would have to be filled. Nature abhorrs a vacuum. Someone HAD to rise to power, in this case someone even worse - the timing and the circumstances in Europe pretty well guaranteed it.
History is changed, but the world doesn't turn out how they intended. Michael struggles in this new, disturbing world to find the physicist and to right the wrong, and along the way he finds love with another man. But will this love survive when they try to set the world right?
Sometimes fun, always intelligent, this novel can be called a sci-fi comedy, or just a highly imaginative book. It is rare to find a read that is this lighthearted and fun, yet profound enough to bring me to tears. Which is better, pain or oblivion? This book is clever on so many levels. But I still can't help but wonder what the world would have been like if Queen Victoria, rather than Hitler, was the one erased from our History.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Which dog knows the way?, 24. April 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Making History is one of those books that takes a fascinating idea--What Hitler had not been born?--and wanders around wondering just what to do with it. Certainly the inital premise is compling, graduate student Mark Young and his *Jewish* teacher Zuckerman send sterilization tablets back to the water in Hitlers hometown, thus preventing his parents from conceiving him. With this act, the world changes--yet not all that much. Fry upsets the Great Man Idea of history by giving Hitler an understudy--another despot, Rudi Glober, who not only becomes a more effective Fuhrer but also embraces the *Jewish science* of physics Hitler rejected. The resulting Reich now dominates all Europe with its nuclear warheads--yet how is it different from a world in which Hitler won? The concept has been done elsewhere--most notably Fatherland--with stronger results. Fry is considering removing the most provocative man of the 20th century, yet he only replaces a wolf with a tiger. The time-travel concept, first pills, then a dead rat, are shot backward a hundred years, is mentioned, then dropped. The homosexual angle is almost silly: In the alternate world Mark Young finally meets his One True Love,--Stephen, a fellow student. This idea is not new, in other hands Stephen would simply be Stephanie. While it is good to see homo-love mentioned without the mandatory agonizing, in this case it almost distracts from the initial idea of Hitler. True, gays died in the death camps, but Gay Guy Steve is no different from a Jewish girl in this setting. Mark, his lover, and Dr.Zuckerman shift from world to world with little real upheaval; the alternate world is grim, yet I have seen far worse ones, and far better. While Fry pens an enjoyable read, he plays with marvelous ideas he then abandons in favor of his own playful agenda. A dog sled goes faster if one dog is allowed to lead, not let each one get a sniff along the way.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Class dismissed, with snort, 18. Januar 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Stephen Fry is mad as hell and he's not going to take it any more. Or is this book a satire? It's hard to tell. Anyway, he seems to have it in for sophomoric graduate students such as the putative hero Michael Young, the student's girlfriend, flunkies of various sorts, pompous professors, unaccountably gullible FBI agents, German militarists, and the village of Brunau-am-Inn, Adolf Hitler's birthplace. The main characters are so strange, to say the least, that Hitler himself tends to get lost in the shuffle.
The action oscillates between tragedy and slapstick comedy. Young, a schlemiel, accidentally spills some male sterilization pills that his chemist girlfriend happens to have left lying around in her laboratory. He steals them and, with the help of a friend's handy time machine, engages in a little trans-temporal terrorism, poisoning the water supply of Brunau 10 months before Hitler was to be conceived. I suppose we should be glad he doesn't rifle his girlfriend's desk drawers; he might discover even worse weapons of mass destruction, like a cache of atomic hand grenades.
Logically, "Making History" makes no sense. Young is catapulted into an alternate timeline where Hitler never existed. Orthodox time-travel theory prescribes that he stay home and somehow communicate with his new alter ego, but ours not to reason why. The Hitlerless timeline turns out to be even worse than our own: Rudolf Glober, just as diabolical as Hitler and twice as smart, founds the Nazi party and conquers Europe by playing all his cards impossibly right.
And that's the book's fatal flaw: Glober is a fictional character, and his success in outdoing Hitler is unbelievable. If Fry wished to show that Nazism was historically inevitable, his creating Glober out of whole cloth proves the opposite by lending credence to Hitler's essential role in creating the Third Reich and, thereby, to the "great man" theory of history.
For a better-conceived and historically more interesting treatment of the subject, albeit with situations, heroes and villains reminiscent of James Bond films, I recommend James P. Hogan's "The Proteus Operation."
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting speculation but nothing new, 11. Dezember 1997
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
British author Stephen Fry is most well known as actor who has appeared in "Blackadder", "Jeeves & Wooster" and "Peter's Friends." Making History, however, is his third novel, so he can be considered something of a novelist as well. This particular novel is an alternate history, although Fry classifies it as an alternate reality.
Michael D. "Puppy" Young is a graduate student reading history at Cambridge. His recently finished thesis is on the childhood of Adolf Hitler, a person who has always fascinated Young, not because of who he was, but because of the simple coincidence that they were both born on April 20. A chance meeting with Leo Zuckerman, a refugee whose father was at Auschwitz, provides the impetus of the adventure. Zuckerman has a feeling about Young and shows him a device that Zuckerman has invented which can transmit shadowy images from the past. Zuckerman has it tuned to the day his father arrived at Auschwitz. The two men work to build a transmitter so they can send a permanent male contraceptive pill which Young's girlfriend has developed, to poison the water supply in Brunau, in time to stop Adolf Hitler from being born.
The first half of the novel, which sets the scene, varies between being tedious and interesting. Several of the chapters show Hitler's parents or Hitler in World War I and introduce us to a person who will figure prominently in the second part of the novel, Rudolf Gloder. Strangely enough, the interesting parts cannot be said to belong only to the present-day sequences or the historical sequences. They vary without regard to the characters. One of the techniques which Fry uses repeatedly, however, writing three of the chapters as movie scripts, is probably where the novel bogged down the most, especially the final segment where Fry began introducing a lot of background and action which was not germane to the plot, or even a strong sub-plot.
The second half of the novel is when Fry really hits his stride. Apparently successful in ridding the world of Adolf Hitler, Young has found himself as an American student at Princeton. Much of this part of the book is spent with Young trying to figure out who he is and later, what the history of this new twentieth century is. As with the first section of the book, Fry returns to World War I and we get to witness Rudi Gloder's rise in the absence of Adolf Hitler.
Very little that Fry does is unique or surprising to anyone who has read a fair amount of alternate history. This novel, however, is being marketed in the mainstream, however, and will hold a certain amount of appeal to the readership which found Harris's Fatherland an intriguing read. Fry does handle his material well, and even if he doesn't deliver many full-fledged surprised, the moment when the reader realizes where Fry is going with the pieces of the novel is worth the price of admission.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stephen still refuses to disappoint with his third., 3. April 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Perhaps the plot is a little tired after half a century's exploitation by literature: time-travel was once exciting (to Messrs Verne and Wells), and Adolf Hitler, though still nasty, is by now no longer the 'Evil Emperor'. But still, the reader who chances this book will uncover a yarn so masterfully spun that he won't care - he'll be too busy creasing himself to notice.
The storyline is in itself above average fare: a Cambridge undergraduate historian shacks up with a girlfriend (leading scientist) and a German temporal theorist with an anti-Nazi chip on his shoulder. Things seem to take a turn for the better when the three combine talents (and more than a few prototype technologies) to send a small sterilizant back in time which will prevent the birth of Adolf Hitler. Of course, the plan goes all wrong, and our young historian wakes up to find himself in America, having fled the persecution of the Nazi State, this time led by a new and even more ruthless Fuhrer.
What Fry's time-travel theories may lack in Hawking-esque accuracy, he makes up for with his ready stream of wordplay, wit, and oftentimes unrepeatable jokes. The characters are lively and vibrant, believable no matter which side of the Atlantic their origins, and the many flashbacks of Hitler's youth (though admittedly fictional) are suitably epic without lapsing into sentimentality. "Back to the Future" it isn't, and hardcore sci-fi fans will undoubtedly come away disappointed, but those well-acquainted with the ins and out-eries of the British sense of humor will enjoy what is undoubtedly a rattling good first, second, and third read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Even if I wasn't majoring in history, I would love this book, 27. August 2010
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History (Taschenbuch)
Dieses Buch von Stephen Fry ist eins dieser Bücher, die man auch den letzten Seiten immer langsamer ließt um das Ende noch hinauszuzögern.
Die Handlung allein ist, auch wenn es sich hier um Science Fiction handelt, ein Meisterwerk der Fatasie welche gleichzeitig durch die enge Verknüpfung zu historischen Tatsachen sehr real wirkt. Sprachlich gesehen finde ich 'making history' einfach nur genial (entgegen einiger negativen Stimmen zu der deutschen Version). Ich kann nur empfehlen das Buch auf english zu lesen denn es lebt quasi von den oftmals witzigen Unterschieden zwischen anglizismen und amerikanismen und den eingeschobenen deutschen Wörtern. Ich kann mir ehrlich gesagt nicht vorstellen, wie man dieses Buch auf deutsch übersetzen kann, und gleichzeitig den Sinn beibehält.

Ich würde dieses Buch jedem empfehlen, auch wenn er nicht wie ich Geschichte studiert. Fantasie, Witz, Ernst, Spannung, Liebe, all das hat dieses 'Meisterwerk' (-Leser werden diese Anspielung verstehen ;)) zu bieten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen History meets science fiction, 7. Februar 2001
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History (Taschenbuch)
"Vorwärts in die Vergangenheit" hätte der Titel in Anlehnung an den Film "Zurück in die Zukunft" auch lauten können. Jedermann weiß seitdem, was passiert, wenn man das "Raum-Zeit-Kontinuuum" stört. Fry konterkariert Richard Harris "Fatherland" in ironischer Brechung. Was wäre passiert, wenn es Hitler nie gegeben hätte und was könnte man tun, um zu verhindern, dass es ihn gegeben hat? Stephen Fry beantwortet diese Frage in für ihn typischer ironischer Weise in einer virtuosen Kombination von Campusliteratur, historischem Roman und Science Fiction. Wie bereits in "The Liar" gelingt es ihm, die einzelnen Genres ohne Brüche ineinander zu verschmelzen und zu einem unterhaltsamen Leseerlebnis zu machen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not bad for a brit..., 20. Februar 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Okay...so I first encountered Stephen Fry's most recent undertaking while seated in the London Underground observing Londoner's NOT talking to one another. The gentleman across from me was reading _Making_History_ before falling asleep. As a Yank, English literature always had the same effect on me. But nevertheless, I wanted to read a novel written by an actor in one of my favorite television shows - Black Adder (Fry is General Melcher in B.A. goes forth). The novel is a page turner. What could easily turn out as a cheesy sci-fi theme - going back into history and altering the future, er, the present - is handled with great wit and sensitivity to detail. Fry demonstrates awareness of contemporary culture through citations from music, movies, novels, etc. Throughout the narrative, the protagonist, a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University comments deliciously on much of our modern foibles and idiosyncracies. Uniquely, Fry includes chapters written in the style of a television or movie screenplay. The device is entertaining and adumbrates Fry's point made early on in the book that movies are the truest contemporary art form. Nice bit of irony actually as it appears wedged into the slightly maligned form of narrative fiction. There are enough suprises to keep the reader on the edge of the proverbial seat. I am thankful to that sleepy Brit who rested the book on his lap in the London Underground while I anxiously awaited making a trip to Dillons.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good read, 20. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Making History (Taschenbuch)
Sure i read 80% of this book while trapped in a computer room for 2 12 hour stints. However I would like this book regardless of where I was trapped.
While I am degreed in history and usually aschew from alternative history novels, because they just don't appeal to me (our own world's history is odd enough). However after reading The Liar and Hippopotamas and being a fan of Mr. Fry's for some time I set aside my disdain for alternative history novels.
I thought the insertions of Hitler/Gloder between chapters was excellent and gave a good perspective on the changes being wrought by the protagonists. A few of the characterizations in these parts felt a bit modern, however they were still good.
The devil was in the details. There were many things that I would have loved to know more about such as the historical events leading to the fall of Europe or the technology. But all we got were some tempting hints and tastes. However the focus of the story was the characters and not the world. I though Mr, Fry did a good job of showing how life was lived without Hitler being born. From a personal perspective this book really hit the mark.
I thought the ending was rather weak, though there were some interesting points. It seemed rushed and some of the character motivations left me a tad baffled.
This is a book that I think is best read in a couple of sessions or on holiday. Its a great read.
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