Look Who’s Back stunned and then thrilled 1.5 million German readers with its fearless approach to the most taboo of subjects. Naive yet insightful, repellent yet strangely sympathetic, the revived Hitler unquestionably has a spring in his step.
“Uproariously funny” ( Stern)
“An uproarious, disturbing book that will resonate long after you turn the final page” (Caroline Jowett, Daily Express)
“Clever, provocative and very entertaining. Hitler is a great, albeit monstrous, comic creation.” (Darragh McManus, Irish Independent)
“Julian Rhind-Tutt’s reading is beyond marvellous . . . Both funny and frightening, this is a subtle, historical study of the commanding nature of the fanatical demagogue, as well as a savage critique of contemporary western culture. It is a powerful and important book.” (Sue Gaisford, Independent)
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By Tob on 03-04-14
Hilter Springer Show
If you could sum up Look Who's Back in three words, what would they be?
Hitler haunts Berlin.
What other book might you compare Look Who's Back to, and why?
1984 but funny.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
When Hitler realised it was 2011.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
The book is hilarious yet sometimes inspiring.
Any additional comments?
I wouldn't recommend it to anyone emotionally connected with the WWII period.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14
Superb satire on modern life
A very funny and perceptive book, superbly performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt. Timur Vermes' Hitler is a horribly plausible mixture of kindly gent and dictatorial megalomaniac. His pedantic inner dialogue brings Adrian Mole irresistibly to mind - up to the point where it spins from 'A leads to B leads to C therefore millions must die'.
The device of voicing Hitler with a German accent and the other characters in modern-day English emphasises the central character's cuckoo-like situation. I enjoyed the allegorical side of the novel - the parallels between the modern entertainment business's misjudgement of the fictional Hitler in the story and the political establishment's misjudgements in the 1930s. Even more fun is the Führer's incomprehension of modern habits like picking up after one's dog and his withering assessments of modern-day institutions like the tabloid press: 'The deaf man writes down what the blind man told him, the village idiot edits it and the other press houses copy it'.
Some of the satire is aimed at modern German politics, which is bound to go over the head of non-German readers. However, that only detracts slightly from the enjoyment and there is a very helpful translator's note at the end of the audio, which explains the main cultural and historical references.
A first-class effort all round. It could be a tough act for Vermes to follow but I hope that J R-T will be persuaded to narrate more books in future.
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By Nimrod Ken Dror on 30-05-18
very original story
the narrators performance is amazing! , story starts really good but slowly declines afterwards. overall its a good book.
By Amazon Customer on 20-02-17
Funniest book I've ever read!
I loved it. This is the ultimate form of contemporary satire. Bringing today and history together is perfect for both reflection and a jolly good laugh.