“Ben Elton’s most personal novel to date, Two Brothers transports the reader to the time of history’s darkest hour.“
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
I’m a big fan of Ben Elton and adore his writing style. I also love stories set during the Nazi period so when I saw Two Brothers in the charity shop I was thrilled.
Two Brothers starts with the birth of twins (sort of) into a Jewish family in Germany, on February 24th 1920, but in a twist of fate the Nazi party is also born on the same day.
It’s the perfect backdrop for a Holocaust novel, and if you like reading about the history of this era, you’ll be pleased to know that Two Brothers is well researched and all historical incidence are correct.
The novel follows the lives of Otto and Paulus as they grow older, and bigger and with them the Nazi party grows in size and popularity. It can really only end in one place, but the story is a surprising one. It feels a little made to fit in places, but this isn’t a criticism, it’s a beautiful woven tale of love, loyalty and pain.