Wallace Runnymede

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One to Watch

As with the Hitler interviews (also on Inkitt), I found this a disturbing and compelling read so far. There is an old distinction between plot-driven and character-driven novels; but given the intriguing insights provided by the third-party narrator, it is tempting to call this an 'idea-driven' novel.

It might be said that there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to such novel premises as this, but a potentially stale and shopworn trope does take on new life here.

Old wineskins are fine, as long as the sparkle is sufficiently fresh! My attention wanders when reading online, and my general policy for Inkitt reviews is to skim, and to dip in and out a bit; but I would love to sit down and go through the whole novel on paper one day. It is clear to see that this novel deserves a proper long read for pleasure.

Byron certainly seems bad and dangerous to know; but is he 'mad?' On the contrary, he may well be an evil genius.

It will be exciting to see what comes next.

No tedious comparisons with Sinclair Lewis are necessary here; so far, the novel seems bursting with originality and creativity. Excellent work!

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Scarily compelling

I have yet to read the whole book, but it starts off in a terrifying convincing manner.

It is easy to make a cartoon villain out of a dictator. However, this is not what seems to be happening here. The content and tone of Hitler's responses are authentic and convincing.

How does Hitler respond to the interviewer?

He is arrogant and unyielding; yet, also evasive. He tries to hide behind euphemism and silence. He tries to 'reframe' the debate, in order to avoid any suspicion of culpability. He distorts and perverts language, in order to make himself seem the real victim. This is what abusers do.

This is an excellent reminder to me that I need to write a compelling portrayal of Hitler in my own novel serial on Inkitt, 'Auschwitz in Essex.'

Anyone who portrays Hitler would do well to follow the example of the author of the Hitler interviews; Hitler was not just a ranting and raving buffoon, but an incredibly shrewd and cunning manipulator, who could turn white into black, and black into white.

Excellent concept, superb execution!

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