The Boys from Brazil
Alive and hiding in South America, the fiendish Nazi Dr. Josef Mengele gathers a group of former colleagues for a horrifying project—the creation of the Fourth Reich. Barry Kohler, a young investigative journalist, gets wind of the project and informs famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman, but before he can relay the evidence, Kohler is killed.
Thus Ira Levin opens one of the s...more
I read this book for two reasons: one, it was escapism conveniently located in the ‘free paperback’ bin at the library, and secondly as a minor nod to my father. My dad had a bookshelf brimming with cold-war and spy novels, and I vaguely remember him telling me about the plot of the book when I was a kid.
Associating it with my father probably places me in the last generation which can connect with the book, involving as...more
In all three of his books that I’ve read, Levin creates a ticking clock early in the story. In “Rosemary’s Baby”, it’s the term of her pregnancy. In “The Stepford Wives”, the main character realizes...more
I thought the ending was quite interesting also, when Liebermann and his acquaintances at the Young Jewish Defenders are faced with a huge decision, regarding the results of Mengele's sinister plan to bring abou...more
It's effectively a detective story, with Li...more
'You know what you're going out to do,' the man in white said, 'and you know it's a long job. I'll fill you in on the details now.' He leaned his head forward, looking down through...more
If you're not familiar with Josef Mengele, read up on him before you begin. The book only hints at what a butcher this "Angel of Death" was. (Knowing he was still alive and at large in South America when this book came out gave me pause while reading it.)
My one complaint...more
The Boys From Brazil is a brilliant yarn and has nice twists and t...more
It's been decades since I read this book, bu...more
Although this is not my favorite book by Ira Levin, I think he did a great job. Anyway I love all his books eve...more
The book begins with a secret meeting in Brazil, in the 1970s, by Nazis who have survived and are planning the Fourth Reich. They are led by Dr. Joseph Mengele (a real historical person), who conducted many experiments on concentration camp prisoners in World War II. The group's plan is to kill 94 civil servants, scattered...more
Darren picked this one off his bookshelves for me; and he picked pretty well. I asked for something light and rather thought that it was going to get all too heavy when I got tangled up with Nazis hiding out in South America and planning the deaths of ninety four civil servants for no apparent reason. It's a really good read though and I'd recommend it myself now. Also, without giving the plot away, it's interesting to read it now as some of the things that are speculated about in the book have...more
This book is not a book. T...more
After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int...more