HHhH by Laurent Binet

Well, I can’t work out how I feel about this novel. It goes under the heading of historical fiction, but it isn’t written in the usual manner. Writers of historical fiction vary from those who research like crazy and write as accurately as they can. Take the Colleen McCullogh Rome series which can be difficult with all those Latin names and lots of characters with very similar names. Others take a few facts then invent a whole lot of stuff, keeping it simple and easy to read.
This guy seems to be obsessed with accuracy and can’t get the novel going. Instead, he gives us a sort of how I wrote this novel and where I got my facts from. So sometimes it seems like you are reading a novel by a smartarse who wants to show off rather than giving us a ripping yarn. And it is ripping yarn material.
It is about the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich a worse than usual Nazi. The story does get told in between the author giving you the facts as he knows them.
Don’t let me put you off, it is well worth the read. If you do read it, I would love to hear your comments.
Back to the weeds for me.

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