This book starts in Berlin, 2011, with Adolf Hitler waking up on a patch of wasteland smelling vaguely of petrol but alive and well!
The rest of the book is about Hitler discovering modern Germany and the modern world; the “Internetwork”, getting onto a television and becoming a media celebrity. The book is absurd and laugh out loud funny in places.
But it also has a serious point to make. We fail to see the ridiculousness of parts of our western culture and this book hold a mirror up to show us some of these things. For example, collagen implants in lips, merchandising blitz when something new and expected to be popular comes out and having a media friendly email address.
The book ends as Hitler is recovering in hospital having been beaten up by 2 neo-Nazi things who think he is poking fun at “the real Hitler” and all he stood for.
The book is written by a German journalist and was first published, in Germany in 2012. It became an international best seller and was made into a Netflix film in 2016.
I think the problem with the book is – as you might have guessed from the straws I’m clutching at writing this review – although the book is a fun read there isn’t enough of real substance. It’s difficult to find enough to write about without regurgitating the whole story.
I’d recommend it as a fun days reading. It will make you giggle and you can then move on to something you can get your teeth into.