||[Mar. 3rd, 2011|01:54 pm]
A Book Club For The Obsessive Reader
Making History, Stephen Fry|
My rating: 4/5
Summary: (Goodreads) In Stephen Fry's most seriously ambitious novel to date, he creates a futuristic fantasy that becomes a thriller with a funny streak. Tackling one of history's darkest episodes, he poses the question: What if Hitler had never been born? An unquestionable improvement, no doubt. Michael Young, an earnest young history graduate student, has just finished his dissertation, an exploration into the roots of evil and the early life of Adolf Hitler. When he meets up with an aging German physicist, they concoct an idealistic experiment that involves time travel to prevent the conception of the Fuhrer. It will change the course of history, but will it create a better world?
My review: I love the brilliant Stephen Fry. He is possibly one of my favourite people. Ever.
So, having read The Liar six years ago and because I am pathetically in love with the man, it was a no brainer to read Making History.
I admit, the first half was slightly dull. I expected more – much more – from such a genius. It dragged on, took too long to explain anything of interest, and lacked that Stephen Fry wit I adore so much.
I dove into the book expecting one fantastic, wonderfully crafted sentence after the other, but I was disappointed. It took me several weeks to get through the first 300 pages, but I had to keep going; I couldn’t let Mr. Fry down!
Then around page 300, I got intrigued.
Then at page 312, I was all ‘Holy shit, omg, wtf,!#%@#’.
Then I read the remaining 250 pages in a couple few hours and forbade my boyfriend to speak to me until I finished.
The second half obliterates any bad feelings that came with the first part. It is worth it – so worth it – to trudge through the beginning. It was original, genius, terrifying, heartwarming, and brilliant. Everything I expected from Stephen Fry.
Seeing as the first half took me so long, it’s not a quick read. But if you have the time, definitely give it a try – just make sure you clear your schedule for when you get near the end.