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Nazi Germany. 1936.

“I should have been born yesterday, but that’s not what I wanted. The date didn’t suit me. So I’ve stayed put. Motionless. Rigid. Of course that means a lot of pain for my mother, but she’s a brave woman, and she’s putting up with the delay without complaint. I’m sure she approves of my tactic.

“My wish, the first of my future life, is to come into the wo
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Roaring Brook Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Thehappymeerkat Procreation of the perfect species was all that mattered. The feelings of the men and women didn't matter, in fact early in the book Max states that…moreProcreation of the perfect species was all that mattered. The feelings of the men and women didn't matter, in fact early in the book Max states that is was important that they didn't get a taste for it. So it was a case of making the babies with the best blood and that was all that mattered.(less)
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Dolceluna
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lebensborn.
Letteralmente, dal tedesco, “fonte di vita”.
E’ stato un folle programma genetico nazista, consistente nel fare accoppiare una donna di puro sangue tedesco con un SS, al fine di procreare un ariano perfetto dal punto di vista fisico (secondo i canoni dei nazisti, ovviamente), da allevare come figlio della Germania e del Fuhrer.
E’ tutto vero, è accaduto realmente. Un piano atroce e del tutto folle.
Max, in realtà battezzato Konrad (Max è il nomignolo che gli dà inizialmente la donna che
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Jessica
May 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is a story that needs to be told. The Lebensborn program, where the Nazis literally bred people with superior Aryan characteristics in order to create a master race, is not something that you hear a lot about. At least, not in fiction, and certainly not in fiction presented to teens. So when I heard about this book, a book narrated by a Lebensborn beginning at his birth, I thought, Finally. This will be a striking, important book! What would it be like to be raised, from birth, on a diet of ...more
Text Publishing
If you like your books to be challenging and thought provoking then Max is your kind of novel! Credit must go to the author Sarah Cohen-Scali and translator (Text’s own Penny Hueston!) for crafting a character that despite the evil he embodies was able to invoke empathy in us as readers. We couldn’t help but feel for Max as he tries desperately to navigate a world of bleak political control and indoctrination—the consequences of which are often devastating.

From the beginning of the book we were
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Thehappymeerkat
I received this book for free from the publisher Walker Books in return for a review.

Max is the perfect Nazi baby. Born as part of the eugenics programme his blond hair, blue eyes and entire body are perfect. But raised with Nazi ideology and living through the brutality of war, how long can Max cope before reality questions his own beliefs?

'Max' is such an amazing and powerful novel it had me gripped, shocked, horrified and even had me crying! Told in the first person perspective throughout, Ma
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
This is the story of a child born under the Nazi "Lebensborn" program, which was essentially a program to breed pure Ayran babies who would be the future leaders of the Third Reich. Max is born on April 20, 1936, making him the first baby to roll off the production line. He is also the narrator of this story which covers not just the Lebensborn program but also the abduction and "germanification" of suitably Ayran children from other countries and the lives of ordinary Germans as the war drew to ...more
Melainebooks
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epoustouflant et magistral sont les deux adjectifs qui me viennent concernant ce lire. Cette lecture est gênante car "on aime le détester et on déteste l'aimer". J'avais éprouvé le même sentiment à la lecture de "La mort est mon métier" de Robert Merle. En tout cas, c'est un livre à lire.
Drew
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 1/2 stars. I can see why a lot of readers would hate this book. It's easy to despise the plot, to feel disgusted by the narrator, and the writing style takes a different turn than most historical fiction books. Yet this appalling story was so fascinating to me. I found the main character intriguing and couldn't seem to stop turning the pages.

This book follows Max, who literally starts his narration from the womb. Nearly ready to be born in 1936 in Nazi Germany, Max tells us in an "adult" voice
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Valentina
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second world war and nazism are probably the topics there are more books about, but I am always surprised by the originality of some.

I would classify Max as a coming of age story, but obviously it is very different from other books belonging to this category that you might have read, being essentially the coming of age story of a little nazi.

We follow Max's life from when he is still in his mother's belly to around the age of ten. He is the first baby produced by the Lebensborn program, in
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Clarabel
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwii
Cette lecture est saisissante, mais fait aussi effet de douche froide tant la démonstration de l'embrigadement est rendue à la perfection, via la voix d'un enfant, même bébé, tellement fier d'être un rouage du système, dont il admire les codes et leurs bien-fondés.

C'est parfois dur à encaisser, raconté sans état d'âme, mais le procédé est remarquable. On reste scotché aux pages du livre, tiraillé entre la fascination et l'horreur (Konrad a grandi dans le culte du Führer et la certitude de son a
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Marine
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roman très dur à lire au premier abord car il traite d'un sujet réel de la seconde guerre mondiale, le projet lebensborn. Max est très bien documenté et allie personnage fictif (max) et personnage réel (lukas). Ce roman est très touchant, on y decouvre un petit garçon qui semble formaté dès sa naissance, mais qui se pose tout de même les bonnes questions.

Très touchant, il m'a retourné.

A lire absolument, malgré quelques longueurs car peu de dialogue, on se trouve dans la tête de Max tout le lon
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Mélina.g
Let me tell you one thing about this book. I won't consider it as a masterpiece, I won't call it a life changing novel (that's why I only gave 3 stars by the way) but I would say without any hesitation that "Max" is a book that will make you think. A lot.
First of all, it's the story of Max, actually Konrad, who is a boy born to represent the aryen race at is best, during WWII. Basically, Hitler wanted to create an army of nazis pupets. So, our main character is one of them. We follow his story
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Erikka
Apr 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't get into this. I think the narrating baby is what I can't deal with--he's obnoxious and, in case you missed it, he's a baby. I don't understand babies when they can't talk, let alone this one that only talks about Hitler and breastfeeding. I'm sure it's good, as it won a ton of awards, but it was just too dry for me and really weird.
Mélanie Lacroix
Je connaissais vaguement le programme « Lebensborn » initié par Himmler. Des bébés, conçus de parents sélectionnées selon des critères extrêmement précis afin de créer des purs représentants de la race aryenne. Mais je ne savais pas vraiment comment ça se passait, qui étaient ces femmes, ce que devenaient ces enfants.

Dans ce livre, on plonge dans le programme, on apprend comment ça s’est passé. Rien n’est caché. La lecture est très dure parfois. (C’est un roman jeunesse mais attention pas avant
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Cynthia
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, young-adults
Quelle lecture difficile! Pas dans la façon d'écrire qui est exceptionnelle mais dans le sujet en lui-même. Raconté à la première personne, Max est l’histoire du premier né du Lebensborn et on le suit tout au long de la guerre. Cet enfant est tellement endoctriné que déjà dans le ventre de sa mère, il parle comme un parfait petit nazi.

On pourrait détester Max (et parfois je l'ai vraiment détesté)mais Sarah Cohen-Scali l'a tellement bien écrit que Max devient attachant et on peut le comprendre. C
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Aoife
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Bogi Takács
Review coming. Actually a solid book, creepy and awful, but creepy and awful in the same ways as the historical setting it describes. There is a fine balance in how explicit to make such descriptions (Octavia Butler talked a lot about this related to her novel Kindred, about African-American slavery) and I think especially toward the end, Max wobbled in this respect, but I still got through it very fast. It might be too explicit for an American YA audience, I have to think about that. It's not p ...more
Yousra & Books
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
MAGNIFIQUE ! MAGNIFIQUE !
J'ai adoré ce livre. Cette petite pépite.

Grande fan que je suis, des livres racontant des histoires de l'époque nazie, je n'ai pas pu me retenir durant cette lecture, entre chaudes larmes, moment de dégoût total (où il m'arrivait de lâcher le livre le temps d'une journée avant d'y replonger) et fous rires (oui, quoique très rares); j'ai plus qu'apprécié cette lecture, j'irai jusqu'à employer un mot que je trouve très fort "J'ai savouré cette lecture" ! Un pur nectar, un
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Olethros
-Una mirada peculiar al Lebensborn, a otros proyectos monstruosos y a sus consecuencias.-

Género. Novela.

Lo que nos cuenta. En el libro Max (publicación original: Max, 2012) conoceremos al bebé Max, que se resiste al parto de su madre hasta el 20 de abril de 1936 para que su cumpleaños coincida con el del Führer. Además de haber sido concebido mediante el proyecto Lebensborn, su psique y su cuerpo corresponden con el ideal ario. Le llamarán Konrad, un nombre que a él le gusta más, e irá creciendo
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Greta
Non è difficile andare a smuovere corde particolarmente delicate, quando si parla di nazismo. È una tematica talmente delicata e sconvolgente, che non credo di essere mai rimasta indifferente alla lettura di un romanzo su questo argomento, anche quando il romanzo in sé non era nulla di che. Anche perché, spesso, è facile cadere in libri che in qualche modo - forse in buona fede, non lo so - si compiacciono di avere per le mani un argomento così sensibile, perché è facile fare retorica, perché è ...more
Nikoleta Katsiouli

Οφείλω να ομολογήσω πως το τελευταίο διάστημα δεν έχω διαβάσει κάτι το οποίο θα μπορούσα να θεωρήσω αξιοπρόσεκτο. Αν και διάβασα αρκετά βιβλία δεν ένιωσα την ανάγκη να γράψω για κάποιο από αυτά. Μέχρι που έπιασα στα χέρια μου τον «Μαξ». Για να είμαι ειλικρινής, ως λάτρης της φανταστικής λογοτεχνίας, δύσκολα ενδιαφέρομαι για αναγνώσματα τα οποία δεν ανήκουν σε αυτό το είδος. Όταν λοιπόν αποφάσισα να διαβάσω το “Μαξ”, ένα κοινωνικο-ιστορικό λογοτεχνικό έργο δεν περίμενα και πολλά. Το μόνο που πρέπ
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Ninon
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Même si je pensais connaître plutôt bien cette époque j'ai appris beaucoup de choses que je ne soupçonnais pas et que j'ai trouvées particulièrement horribles à travers ce livre. Même si le thème est extrêmement difficile j'ai trouvé que la lecture était vraiment très agréable et j'ai apprécié la double lecture qu'on peut faire du roman, la façon dont les aspects historiques étaient glissés dans le roman de façon à les assimiler très facilement.

Je pense que ce livre peut s'adresser à des public
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Bryan
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Este es un de esos libros que con cada palabra te transmite, es un libro que te hace sentir.
Te sumerge y te hace participe de este relato, donde de alguna manera y en un momento de nuestra historia, fue real.
5 estrellas, mas que merecidas.
Dale
May 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
The ending was a lot stronger than early in the book. Was ready to abandon it with the unnecessary swearing and description.
Sibil
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble-sibil
4.5 stars

Kirsty
Hits all my issues re fictional nazis in novels. No thanks.
Cristina
Apr 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness. This is a treasure. Really and truly one of my favorite books.
Francesca Deidda
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scrivere la recensione di questo libro si è rivelato più difficoltoso di ciò che pensassi. Soprattutto perché è un romanzo che alla fine ti lascia molti sentimenti contrastanti, elemento che non aiuta.
Intanto, il libro narra di un bambino di nome Max nato sotto il progetto Lebensborn, un piano organizzato dalla Germania nazista per creare degli ariani perfetti. Quindi il lettore si troverà a seguire, passo dopo passo: la crescita, la formazione e le ideologie del protagonista. Tutte narrate in
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Έλλη Δ
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Μεσάνυχτα της 19ης Απριλίου του 1936, ένα αγόρι προσμένει να γεννηθεί.
Είναι ο Μαξ, το τελειότερο δείγμα της Αρείας Φυλής, που θα αποτελέσει ένα ακριβό δώρο στα γενέθλια του Χίτλερ:
O Μαξ συνελήφθη στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος Ευγονικής "Lebensborn", που εμπνεύστηκε ο Χάινριχ Χίμμλερ, ζευγαρώνοντας αξιωματικούς των Ες Ες με επιλεγμένα μέλη της Γυναικείας Νεολαίας.
Όλα εκείνα τα νόθα μωρά ενσάρκω
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elissa
FINALLY finished this! I've been trying on and off for over 5 months. There are so many disgusting things about this book, that I did not enjoy reading it at all, but finally by the end it became more compelling, and I wanted to find out what happened to the main character. Definitely well-written, in that it depicts the horrors of Nazi Germany in a believable way, through the eyes of a child. Ugh.
Rabiah
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own
Originally posted at: https://iliveforreading.blogspot.com/...

I had to steel myself before I started reading Max. I love young adult fiction that concerns history, but with an Amnesty International endorsement, this one was bound to be heavy. What. A. Book. This was probably THE most powerful book I've read this year. While I don't cry when it comes to books, this one had me stunned and shocked the whole way through.

World War II isn't an easy subject to read about, but I've read several young ad
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“L'avvenire della Germania e del nostro benamato Führer diventa ora l'obbiettivo di tutti i nostri sforzi. Gli apparteniamo oggi, domani, sempre!"

"La distruzione della vostra Germania del cazzo e del suo Führer di merda diventa ora l'obbiettivo di tutti i miei sforzi. Gli cacherò in faccia oggi, domani, sempre!”
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