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Who was Adolf Hitler? It's a question writers have been trying to answer for more than sixty years. But after thousands of biographies, histories, ... Show synopsis

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Reviews of The Castle in the Forest

Overall customer rating: 3.000
Toby

Idea More Intriguing than Book

by Toby on Dec 13, 2007

The core of "A Castle in the Forest" is the development of Hitler as he is groomed by an agent of the devil . The book is narrated by Hitler's handler, an apparently low level agent of the devil. The idea is more intriguing than the book. I found the book to be too compelling to put down but draggy enough that I couldn't wait to finish it and move on. The character development was skimpy and perhaps a example of the mundane and boring nature of evil.

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Yogi

Worth the decade of study !

by Yogi on Nov 25, 2007

I have read the book twice through. The first time because I could not wait to see what happened next. The second time just to make sure I understood the twisted way that he can make the connections to Adolf Hitler as a child into the monster that he became. It was weird to see the way of which Hitler might have actualy grown up. The research that was put into this book rivals that of Lois L'Amour. The format and the story line are excellant. I am sure I will read it many more times

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Ron Townsend

Genaphobia

by Ron Townsend on Oct 16, 2007

Having read only 28 pages of the new paperback version of this book I am disappointed that Mailer went back over old territory trying to explode the genaphonia of Himmler and other Hitler henchmen. Afterall this was what the euthanasia program of the Nazis was based on and what makes Hitler a complete idiot and incompetent. I am so tired of hearing of Mischling third degree in relation to the euthenics programs of Hitler that I would like to puke. Anyone knows the devil was behind the work of Hitler but not to such a great extend that Mailer has wasted. I am sorry. I can't recommend this book for any reason even if it's premise was commendable.

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jwsorrow

Not a great effort

by jwsorrow on Apr 4, 2007

Sorry to say that this is far from one of Mailer's better efforts. He still has a wonderful narrative style and uses words well, but the story was really rather weak. The idea of trying to develop an explanation for Hilter's psyche based on his childhood development, as explained by a desciple of the devil is intriguing, but he doesn't pull it off. The story is really centered around the father and the artifact of incest as the basic source of HIlter's personality is weak. Skip it and go back to several of his earlier novels.

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