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Making History

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When reality adjusts to Hitler’s absence, Michael finds himself not in Cambridge but Princeton, where he is supposed have an American accent. When I started the book, the misgivings I had with the premise continued: I liked Fry's writing but I still couldn't get to grips with reading what was in part a biography of Hitler, which, well, I had not planned on ever reading.

Inevitably, given the sub-genre, the narrative timeline is speckled with flashbacks which are ably handled.

However, it may seem here that the story is just a necessary background against which Fry's impress many of its thoughts (academia's live and fauna, “Scientific” vs. Wonderful time travel adventure with lots of consideration of the repercussions of the alternate history created. Students at Princeton are purely white and the only Black people on campus are manual workers; students feel free to harass them and use slurs. Unfortunately it was a bit too late and it didn’t redeem itself, so I was pretty disappointed with this one.

I was thinking very hard in that period about the difference between Americans and English, and about where I came from, particularly my Jewish roots. The idea this book is based on is nothing new, people have discussed this many times, but this is the first time I have seen the idea written down. While he did a great job illustrating, in a small way, how some small changes would result in a world that is more or less racist/bigoted or homophobic. But it was always going to be difficult to display humor, humanity, romance, and imagination when the fate of the whole continent's Jewish population was at stake.I learnt something about WW2 (and WW1) and have something to chew on with regards to human nature and the results of WW1. In Making History, an ambitious History PHD student at Cambridge, along with a physicist, try to do exactly that. So one of the things I wanted to explore was the obvious question: if that particular sperm had not hit that particular egg, would my family be alive? Stephen Fry tackles this in a best-of-all-possible worlds way in Making History, where his protagonist succeeds in averting Hitler’s birth only for someone more charismatic and cunning to rise to power in his place.

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