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HHhH
HHhH | Laurent Binet
Two men have been enlisted to kill the head of the Gestapo. This is Operation Anthropoid, Prague, 1942: two Czechoslovakian parachutists sent on a daring mission by London to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich - chief of the Nazi secret services, 'the hangman of Prague', 'the blond beast', 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich'. His boss is Heinrich Himmler but everyone in the SS says 'Himmler's brain is called Heydrich', which in German spells HHhH. All the characters in HHhH are real. All the events depicted are true. But alongside the nerve-shredding preparations for the attack runs another story: when you are a novelist writing about real people, how do you resist the temptation to make things up? HHhH is a panorama of the Third Reich told through the life of one outstandingly brutal man, a story of unbearable heroism and loyalty, revenge and betrayal. It is improbably entertaining and electrifyingly modern, a moving and shattering work of fiction.
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Sic_Corneille
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Prague, 1942, operation "Anthropoid". Two czech parachutist attempt to kill SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich, the butcher of Prague.
It was an interesting reading. The author tells the story of these two men while explaining the difficulties he met in the process of writing. The two stories blend harmoniously together, and it is really well writen.
The only downside: that kind of writing is less emotional than a direct narrative.

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maxricher
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Great

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HannaPolkadots
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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📚the Hobbit
👨‍💻Henry James
📺 Homeland
🍔 Hamburger

#manicmonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤 9mo
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RealLifeReading
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Loved this bookstore/cafe in Phuket Town. Pretty much all the books were in Thai though.

Kalalalatja Looks like a wonderful space! 👌 10mo
Joanne1 Looks so pretty!! 10mo
8little_paws I saw some cute bookstores when I was in Thailand and had the same problem! Hard to find English books! 10mo
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BarbaraBB The tagged book is so good! 10mo
RealLifeReading @Kalalalatja I wish it were in my city! 10mo
RealLifeReading @joanne1 it also has a small art exhibition space behind. So cool! 10mo
RealLifeReading @8little_paws yes! And it‘s such a pity as some of the Thai book covers looked so lovely 10mo
RealLifeReading @BarbaraBB I‘ve been meaning to read it!! 10mo
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Simona
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Paris was beautiful, but I also visited (unfortunately just through the book) two smaller cities along the coast in the south of the country, where I managed to read the book to the end. Next stop: Berlin, Germany.

Reading challenge #backpackEurope

JenP Love this! 11mo
BookwormM Great pics 11mo
Simona @JenP @BookwormM Thank you ☺️ 11mo
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Simona
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Novel with two parallel stories - author view (criticism) on the writing of historical novels (what is the 'proper' approach), and the central story of two Czech-Slovak soldiers (Jozef Gabčík and Jan Kubiš), assassins of Reinhard Heydrich (man behind the final Jewish question). The story is an interesting combination of criticism, historical facts and fiction, and the result is a very untypical historical novel.

#backpackEurope #France

Charisma OMG, such a great quote but totally contradicts the 1984 story, where they don't even know what's true, and what's rewritten now... 11mo
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Simona
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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New day, new book, new city... Nice weather in Paris for outdoor breakfast 😁

#backpackEurope

EadieB I was at a barbecue on the 4th of July and so many people there spoke about the clever pickpockets who stole their wallets while showing them maps and asking questions when they were vacationing in Paris. Didn‘t mean to be a downer about Paris but just a warning! (edited) 11mo
Reecaspieces Lovely! Enjoy! 11mo
Simona @EadieB As long my travel is just through books I‘m safe 😘 11mo
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BarbaraBB Great book! 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It is, yes! Have you read 11mo
BarbaraBB Not yet, I really want to. Did you? 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Yes and it is my personal winner from this year MB International Prize. He is a very playful with genres, and in the second novel this is even more obvious. 11mo
BarbaraBB I must definitely read it soon! 11mo
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haileybean
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Heydrich is not a paper monster. This book sneaks up on me with lines like this and other thought provoking statements. (also some terrifyingly similar statements that sound like he‘s quoting Trump instead of Hitler.)

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haileybean
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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🤔

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lissyg
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Thought I'd start with a shelfie 😊 since it seems you have to tag a book, I've just randomly chosen one that I really liked.

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TheKidUpstairs
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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A bookish MARCH, held in place by a much need giant cup of tea.

#MagicalMarch
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great stack!!!! 📚📚📚💗💗💗 1y
RebelReader I have that same mug except it‘s Minnesota! 😃 1y
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Gdext
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Mnnhk

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Vikz
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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shawnmooney
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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I usually find it annoying when famous historical people show up in fiction, but when the person (Reinhard Heydrich, 'the most dangerous man in the Third Reich") and the event (his assassination in 1942) are largely unfamiliar to me, a fictionalized account is the last thing I want to read. I like my facts and my history straight up, thank you very much. Bailed less than 10% of the way in.

Victoriahoperose I finished this and couldn't have been more bored. Wasn't a fan either. I'm glad I'm not alone because it came so highly recommended! 2y
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shawnmooney
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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I am really having trouble getting into this novel, which many readers I greatly respect have liked a lot. The true story of Nazi Heydrich's assassination is fascinating and important but this doesn't feel like a novel at all so far, but rather a loose memoiristic account of a man researching the historical event. The above passage is the first bit that seems fictional. I am really not sure about this one....

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karenna
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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This book recounts an aspect of World War II of which I was unaware--the assassination of Nazi official Heydrich in Czechoslovakia. The narrator's personal musings about both the historical events as well his struggles to faithfully render them offer a unique presentation of the material. I love the narrative's tone, the utter disgust with evil, the reverence for the heroes of the tale, and the passion for his adopted city Prague.

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CaramelLunacy
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Very self-aware, self-criticizing yet self-congratulatory metafiction. Essentially it felt like the narrator got so bogged down in whether fiction was allowed to be made up (to the level of obsessing about the color of Heydrich's car) that he lost my interest and the story thread. I liked some of his research related asides but lost patience with his principle-related? paralysis.

Not my cup of tea - will go back to Albright's Prague Winter.

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Emilyrjones22
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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There should be a word for *that* feeling when you get to the point in a book that makes you ignore life just to finish. I bet the Dutch have a word for it...

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CaramelLunacy
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Just startes this after a recent trip to Prague when I first learned of Heydrich and Operation Anthropoid. So far, I am half annoyed, half charmed by the authorial asides - interested in the research, exhibits and films, annoyed by the self-indulgent, self-congratulatory philosophizing about whether you should be allowed to invent characters or dialogue.

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wanderer15
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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A gripping fictionalization of an amazing true story I'm ashamed I knew nothing about. Unique presentation/narrative. Heavy subject matter (WWII Germany) but recommended for fans of historical fiction.

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Suzy200
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Good but unusual. Familiar with WW2 history & you'll know the story -assassination attempt of Heidrich in Prague. But this story is equally about the narrator who is writing a book about the incident and his reflection on what to include or not. Style is split between the text of the book he's writing and his own thoughts about the process. Different take on a familiar true episode in history. Worth reading.

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JulietteGF
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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It's really an interesting book. The writer comments all the process of writing his book: his research, his doubts, his questions, etc. From now on, when I'll read a historical fiction/book, I'll always think about this book. It was very enlightening!

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Cariadreads
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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This is my first post. I downloaded the app as soon as it was available for Android as I love reading and books and wanted to be part of this community. Going outside my comfort zone with this book, which is not the kind I usually read, but I've heard good things about it so here goes.

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smccallum
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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This was a friends rec and I'm really glad they did! I found this book a lot of fun, people who despise metaficition should give it a pass but I really enjoyed how Binet used it to structure the novel. Clever tricks made me smile. It was not as hard hitting as what I have been reading lately but it was quick and enjoyable

Howardsimmons After reading an excerpt in one of my writing classes, I had to pick it up. Alas, it's been on my shelf unopened ever since. Need to move it to the top of the TBR pile now! 3y
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smccallum
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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My TBR has been paused by a friend lending me this. Very interesting so far at the halfway point and I look forward to discussing it with him. Anyone else have opinions on this book?

Sweettartlaura I have a love/guilt relationship with borrowed books, giveaways, ARCs... Anything that takes me away from my stack. I feel like I should read those first... But then I don't get to the ones I already have right next to me😩. Ohhh, decisions, decisions! 3y
smccallum @Sweettartlaura completely agree, the struggle is real! Fortunately I'm ahead of what I planned this month and it isn't a brick otherwise it would probably be getting underserved animosity 3y
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krpotts
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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When we finally get to the moment in which the parachutists are about to jump back into Czechoslovakia to begin their assassination mission....Binet gets right down to it. They jumped.

This was a book full of stories and "characters" that build upon one another to make one great and true account. Binet criticizes himself, the process of writing narrative non-fiction, all the while creating a truly unique reading experience. An Absolute Pick.

MrBook 😂👍🏻 Nice line. Great review! 3y
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krpotts
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Started this one today and am tearing through it. The chapters range from a sentence long to 3 or 4 pages so the pace is unstoppable. Binet's reflections on the limitations of historical fiction make his writing self-aware and oddly trustworthy. I've given myself up to it completely.

shawnmooney I love your preliminary review so I am reconsidering having recently moved it farther down on my list - I've read quite a few war novels so far this year and thought I'd put this one off for a bit. But now, thanks to you, maybe not! 3y
krpotts Happy to hear it!! I'm hoping to be done by the weekend and then I'll post my final thoughts for you! @shawnmooney 3y
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Kkhalifeh
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Alternate history, YES!!!!!

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Sue
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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This is the story of a man telling the story of Reinhard Heydrich. I was utterly sucked in by the WW2 details, until the narrator's voice jarred me out. This book had about 250 chapters, some really short, which was also a jarring narrative tool. I get it, but it didn't really work for me.

Carol Extremely short Patterson-style chapters always throw me off. I find myself talking to the book, like "you've heard of breaks within chapters, right? You don't have to start a new on because something minute has changed, dude." 3y
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Sue
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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So I'm giving this a red hot crack. I have to say that the short (super, super short) chapters are making it seem very disjointed.

Kathrin I have this on my TBR forever. My reading just has been so WWII heavy lately, but I might be swayed if I see good reviews coming up! 😆 3y
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Danwilli2012
HHhH | Laurent Binet
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Pluto picked this up the other day. It seems like it should be good!