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Michael

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  39 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paperback, First Edition, 131 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Amok Press (first published 1929)
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Matthew W
Sep 24, 2011 Matthew W rated it really liked it
I read this book within a couple hours in one sitting. Essentially, this work, which was written by National Socialist minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels during his pre-Nazi days, is symbolic of the rise of National Socialism in general. This book also offers a side of Goebbels not often seen before; a lover of children, quasi-Slavophile, hopeless Romantic, and blossoming National Socialist. I highly recommend "Michael" to anyone with an interest in National Socialism.
Michael
Sep 16, 2012 Michael rated it liked it
Recommends it for: German historians, scholars of fascism, german-romantics
Recommended to Michael by: Adam Parfrey
Shelves: fascism, literature
This book is ultimately of relatively minor historical interest, mostly to specialists who want to understand the personality and motivations of one of the Third Reich's most heinous criminals. Joseph Goebbels was Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment and one of the most callous and conniving of the leading National Socialists. At the end of his life he orchestrated the murder of all six of his own children, along with the suicides of his wife and himself. Prior to that he helped to de ...more
John Christy
Apr 26, 2011 John Christy rated it it was amazing
Michael . . .
Rachel
Feb 13, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
I read this for my Holocaust Literature and Film class. It was one of the first few readings we did as an introduction to Nazi ideology, even though Goebbels wrote this novel prior to his involvement in the National Socialist movement.

This novel is clearly written as a work of propaganda, which at times made reading it a bit difficult or frustrating. Looking at the novel as a piece of propaganda helps the reader to appreciate Goebbels' choices for the novel. Goebbels sets the book up as the diar
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Świętosław Brzenczyszczykiewicz
Mar 18, 2015 Świętosław Brzenczyszczykiewicz rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Świętosław by: The sun who speaks to me in the mornings. The voice of my cat "Joe Hockey." My Psychiatrist.
Probably one of the better prose works of the 20th century. I find the comparisons to Tim Winton quite appropriate, as they both share a love of words and the beauty of natural life. This is a change after reading William Gaddis and Marcel Proust, who I did not like. They are both very simple people. This book, however, is a very pretty book, and I recommend you should all read it soon.
Trish Roberts-miller
Dec 26, 2015 Trish Roberts-miller rated it did not like it
Unintentionally hilarious--pompous, self-important, garbled, antisemitic, and stupid.
Brian
Jul 22, 2008 Brian added it
Ahh,

the artistic side of the the fuzzy warm third reich.

If only they would have stayed

failed artists...



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German politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous oratory and anti-Semitism.

He played a hand in the Kristallnacht attack on the German Jews, which historians consider to be the beginning of the Final Solution, leading towards the genocide of the Holocaust.

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