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Hitler's Niece by Ron Hansen
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Nov 16, 2011

really liked it
Read from November 16 to 19, 2011

Having recently read Ron Hansen's "A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion" this novel again shows Hansen's mastery of the historical novel involving seriously fallen characters. While this is a historical novel with a speculative edge it tells the story of Angelika Raubal, daughter of Hitler's half-sister and Hitler's involvement in her life. Though the speculation he entails is well-founded by other others who have done research into "Geli" Raubal's life.

I think in a recent interview of Ron Hansen by EWTN Raymond Arroyo he mentioned that this novel was in a way an opposite of his novel "Mariette in Ecstasy" a novel about a young devout nun who is considered either hysterical or a saint. I can see that correlation having read both books.

Though there is a sadness of the mystery of sin in his historical novels that quite grip you. Yet it is his non-historical novels such as "Atticus" and " Maritte in Estasy" that are my favorite of his. That he is a master of his craft is hard to deny that even in his novels containing characters hard to sympathize with he brings that human element to light while not condoning sin. This is just an excellent novel that shows Hansen's propensity for bringing authenticity to a historical novel with all the right touches and insights into the characters.

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