A tall tale, cheerfully spun out, of a couple of Cambridge (UK) academics who use a time machine to improve world history by deleting Hitler, only to make things worse than ever. For those who've read much science fiction, the alternate history theme -- what would happen if you could go back in time and alter historical events? -- is hardly novel. Nevertheless, the premise is worked out skilfully, and the novel is a fast lively read, with an engaging main character, clever story twists (e.g. imagining Hitler as a child), and reasonably good writing. The other reviews I read here, however, led me to expect more; I found the book funny and clever at times, but not particularly witty, and far from brilliant. All in all, a pretty good yarn with enought intellectual content to make you think -- but not too hard.
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