My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In the end, I had to grit my teeth and force myself to finish this. It took me two months. Look, it’s a great concept: Hitler waking up in the modern world and then having to orientate himself, whilst plotting his rise to power and reboot of the Third Reich.
The satire, on the whole, didn’t work for me. There were a couple of genuinely funny moments in Hitler’s dialogue and some minor smiles from cleverly worked misunderstandings between Hitler and his colleagues at the ‘Flashlight’ production company. ‘Flashlight’ has taken Hitler on as a political satirist and given him his own TV and YouTube show.
The problem with this book is that it is really hard to feel any sympathy or connection with the main character. He’s Hitler after all. And he’s pronouncements on Jews, Russians, Poles, Turks, Asians, foreigners of all kinds, violence, gas chambers, concentration camps, the SS, ad infinitum is genuinely distasteful and at times horrific.
I wanted to like this book a lot more. It’s well written. It’s a great concept, but it is incredibly difficult to get past a distaste for the protagonist. And I guess what makes it also quite an unsettling read, in the end, is the sheer blind stupidity of everyone else in the book. Their inability to grasp the real agenda of Hitler and constantly misconstrue every single thing he says cannot be very far off the reality of what happened back in the 1920’s and 30’s that lead to his rise to power. People will see what they want to see, and not what is actually in front of them.