Hey, so, I know we're not really
supposed to talk about it - being banned here in the United States of America and all - but: have any of you guys read 'The Grasshopper Lies Heavy', by Hawthorne Abendsen? It's a real trip!
Here's what my copy looks like - my friend snuck it in a package from Britain! Lucky it didn't get picked up, huh?
Bear with me here, I'm going to summarise the plot, but: basically, it's an alternate history novel where Germany didn't
win the Second World War. A ridiculous scenario, I know! But they explain it by saying that Roosevelt survived his assassination in '33, and goes on to serve two terms. The next president does some things, like move the Pacific fleet, and that means America isn't crippled by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour.
Basically Britain survives and goes on to join the Soviets and together they defeat Germany! Then some crazy stuff happens, America defeats Japan and abolishes segregation, the British Empire becomes super
racist and the two superpowers end up in some kind of "cold war" against each other, like Japan and Germany are in real life. I won't spoil the ending, but one side comes out on top!
Oh, but, there's this really
cool part where Hitler gets tried for war crimes
and gets executed! I mean, it'd be quicker than how he actually went out (syphilis, ew), but I can understand why the authorities don't want you reading it. People might get ideas, huh!
So have any of you guys read it? I want to discuss the implications of what life would be like if we weren't under occupied rule.
Hold on, someone's knocking at my door, I better go get it. But start talking! I really want to know what you think about this!