Two Brothers, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Berlin 1920 Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice...Which one of them will survive?

Ben Elton's most personal novel to date, "Two Brothers" transports the reader to the time of history's darkest hour.


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This book tells the story of two brothers born in Berlin at the beginning of the Nazi rise to power. On the whole I didn't think the book was very well written (the dialogue particularly bothered me as it did not sound authentic to the period or the culture being represented) and I was amused by the number of so-called "surprise" twists, But having said that, I must also admit that I could not put this book down - it was compelling and eminently readable in a fluffy, holiday-mode sort of way (strange thing to say about a WWII novel I know!). A very easy, light read, interesting characters and interesting details about how the Nazis slowly demolished the lives of not just the Jews but very many other groups and individuals in Germany and beyond.

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Its hard for me to articulate what I felt about this book. I felt drawn to the characters and wished that I could reach into the pages and help them out. Ben Elton must have done his research because I couldn't pick out any historical inaccuracies about the NAZI era - just perhaps not really probables. But then, what good is a fiction book if there isn't a story of some improbability. <br/><br/>If you enjoy historical fiction this is a must read.

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