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Making History av Stephen Fry
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Making History (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 2004)

av Stephen Fry

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Michael Young is a brilliant young history student whose life is changed when he meets Leo Zuckerman, an ageing physicist with a theory that can change worlds. Together they realise that they have the power to alter history and eradicate a great evil. But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine and nothing - past, present or future - will ever be the same again. Making Historyis funny, moving, romantic and told with Stephen Fry's characteristic skill and brilliance.… (mer)
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Titel:Making History
Författare:Stephen Fry
Info:ARROW (RAND) (2004), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 592 pages
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Can Stephen Fry write a SF? If we define the alternative histories as a subgenre of SF (and we do) then the answer is yes. It`s an entertaining, thought-provokingly clever book about one (or two) alternative worlds and the consequences of seemingly positive deeds. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Sep 10, 2020 |
Can you have a mid-life crisis at twenty-four? Or is it just the usual crisis of adulthood, something I was going to have to get used to until I doddered into oblivion? For the past year, I realised, I had been suffering from this pain, this leaking of hot lead in my stomach. Every morning when I awoke and stared at the ceiling and listened to Jane’s gentle snoring it flooded my gut, a dark swell of recognition that here was another pissing day to be got through as me. How can you tell if that’s freakish or usual? No one ever says. The ceaselessly expanding Christian Societies in the university would tell you that it was a sign that you needed room for Christ in your life. That your ache was a vacuum in the soul. Yeah, right. Sure. It was the same void that drugs filled, I supposed. I had thought too that maybe this was what Jane was for. No, not what Jane was for, what Love was for. Then either I didn’t love Jane as I should or this was another blown theory. The longings of a creative spirit then? Maybe my soul craved expression in Art? But: can’t draw, can’t write, can’t sing, can’t play. Great. Where does that leave me? A kind of Salieri deal perhaps. Cursed with enough of divine fire to recognise it in others, but not enough to create anything myself. Aw, rats . . .

Even tho I love Stephen Fry's books (and pretty much everything else he shares with the world), Making History has been lingering on my kindle without even tempting me to start this. Why is that?

Well, I unfortunately was put of by the premise that promised time travel that would culminate in the prevention of Hitler, two subjects that really don't intrigue me at all.

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. I even found myself skimming some of those parts. It was written really well, but not something I would have engaged with if it had been by any other author.

However, I knew enough about Stephen Fry to be intrigued as to how he would handle the subject and how he would tie up the various parallel story lines.

And of course the second story line about a history student who has just submitted his PhD thesis, was quirky enough and contained all the good parts, the parts where Fry questions things like the relationship between science and art, and how society attributes more importance to one rather than the other.

But then it happened: At about the half-way point, two things happened:

For one, I realised how unusual it is to read a WWI account (even tho fiction) from a German perspective. What is more, Fry did this rather well and without resorting to a lot of stereotyping or using cliches.

The second change was that the story suddenly changed a gear when the two plots crossed, and when we get to read Fry's conjectured alternate reality, which is not as, erm, peachy as the simple solution erasing Hitler's existence from the 20th century may seem.

The second half of the book had me gripped. If I had not arranged to meet with a friend for lunch, I would have read this book straight through all morning.

What I loved about Fry's story is that he did not rely on a naive plot, but actually put a lot of thought into his conjectures, where one change effects so many things that outcomes are not predictable. And, yet, despite the sensitive subjects that Fry brought up, there is an overarching tone of hope for humankind, even if the book focuses on the balance between the good and the bad that comes with every action.

I absolutely loved it.

Unfortunately, this is the last of Fry's novels that I hadn't read, yet, so I can only hope that he will at some point write another one. I love his other books (the non-fiction ones), but his fiction work is rather special to me. ( )
  BrokenTune | Jul 14, 2020 |
It's been so long since I read this that I can't really remember the details.
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  Tara_Calaby | Jun 22, 2020 |
Tornare indietro nel tempo per ammazzare Hitler è un topos comune nella letteratura ucronica. Stephen Fry in questo suo romanzo parte da un punto di vista leggermente diverso: il protagonista, che sta per ottenere il dottorato con una tesi sulla storia di Hitler fin da prima della sua nascita, trova un sistema per rendere sterile il padre Alois. Quello che succede è che naturalmente l'universo si riassembla, e Michael si ritrova americano (Mikey...) anziché britannico, in un mondo dove Hitler non c'è ma il nazismo è rimasto, anzi è diventato ancora più forte. Non si può "fare la storia": essa in un modo o nell'altro tenderà a ripresentarsi allo stesso modo, come Michael capirà dopo che gli è stato rivelato il segreto di Auschwitz e della Soluzione Finale. Proprio per questo però ci sarà la possibilità di tornare più o meno al passato.
Comprendo la logica di Fry nello scrivere la parte iniziale, ma resto convinto che le prime 150 pagine potevano essere 50 senza grandi problemi; se sopravvivete a un inizio che non sembra andare da nessuna parte, però, poi la storia prende l'abbrivio. Le parti scritte come un copione vanno anche bene: in fin dei conti ti lasciano la possibilità di cambiare passo al testo. ( )
  .mau. | Oct 20, 2018 |
Dit viel duidelijk tegen. Literair is dit vooral geschikt als strandlectuur: karikaturale, ééndimensionele personages, slechts af en toe een spannend moment, en vooral heel veel erg saaie momenten, bijzonder in de passages die als filmscript zijn uitgeschreven, en dan dat ongelofelijk melige einde. De enige interessante insteek is dat Fry zich probeert in te denken wat de gevolgen zouden zijn van pogingen om de geschiedenis te veranderen, maar zelfs dat is maar flauw uitgewerkt. Als roman overstijgt dit het niveau van de goedkope science fiction niet. ( )
  bookomaniac | Apr 11, 2018 |
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Michael Young is a brilliant young history student whose life is changed when he meets Leo Zuckerman, an ageing physicist with a theory that can change worlds. Together they realise that they have the power to alter history and eradicate a great evil. But tinkering with timelines is more dangerous than they can imagine and nothing - past, present or future - will ever be the same again. Making Historyis funny, moving, romantic and told with Stephen Fry's characteristic skill and brilliance.

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