Item description for Adolf in Wonderland by III Mellick Carlton...
In an alternate version of the future where Hitler had conquered the entire world during WW2 and developed society into his vision of utopia, an SS officer is on a mission to find and exterminate the last imperfect human on Earth. Following his trail leads the young Nazi to a small town hidden in the middle of the desert; a place that has been cut off from society for so long that it has developed its own strange and disturbing culture. Thus begins Mellick's dreamlike adventure that takes a young descendent of Adolf Hitler's design and sends him down the rabbit hole into a world of imperfection and disorder, where even the laws of reality itself don't seem to apply. A tribute to both Franz Kafka and Lewis Carroll, "Adolf in Wonderland" is a perfect read for fans of the bizarro genre.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Dec 18, 2007
Publisher Eraserhead Press
ISBN 1933929618 ISBN13 9781933929613
Reviews - What do customers think about Adolf in Wonderland?
Don't over-analyze. Jun 26, 2008
I'm sorry, but I have to disagree with anyone who has anything even remotely negative to say about this book. The reviews thus far have been positive, though I am concerned by some of the critical statements.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, but you should keep in mind one of the few defining characteristics of Bizarro fiction. It should be fun. Here I believe Mellick has succeeded and will continue to succeed in his writing. His stories, no matter how simplistic or weird they may appear, are always fun.
Whether you spend an hour with his work as in the case of War Slut, or several days in the case of Satan Burger you will be entertained. Adolf in Wonderland is a nice medium between Mellick's two extremes.
And don't let the artwork scare you off! Buying a book with a swastika on the cover doesn't make you a hateful person. Mellick addresses the perception of anti-semitism in the author's note. As other reviewers here have mentioned, the main theme is unachievable perfection, the folly of Hitler's master plan.
In short, enjoy the story, it is money and time well spent.
Scary Cover, Scarier Insides May 20, 2008
A solid but not mind blowing Mellick. The first half is very dreamlike/Kafka-esque. The book isn't really about Nazis, e.g., WWII & the Holocaust, but more about the Nazi idea(l) of perfection. A little meandering, somewhat sparse, but has plenty of images and ideas that will inspire and haunt readers. The controversy courting cover aside, I liked it.
It Needed the Tea Party Apr 10, 2008
Lest I be branded an old fogy, let me explain the three stars. The premise of the search for perfection was good. The use of Adolph was good. The weird was expected and was fine.
Even in Bizarro there needs to be some connection among the story line, the characters, the locations and the interactions. In this, there was too much "let's walk over here and have something weird happen, then we'll walk over there and have something weird happen, then we'll ..., then we'll kind of wrap it up".
The final result, this was an interesting book, but not as good as others of both his and other writers in the genre.
Is it Adolf? Is it Wonderland? Mar 16, 2008
When you're a fan of the bizarro genre, this is your cup of tea. Reading 'Adolf In Wonderland' was like taking an acid trip. Mellick's bizarre worlds and bizarre characters take over your mind and the journey is inevitable.
In a world where Hitler has won and perfection rules the world, two SS officers are dropped of at a deserted train station in search of a town that contains an imperfect being to be eradicated. All they find is a miniature, deserted doll town before both officers disappear.
The youngest wakes up as the sole resident of a local bar. The bartender calls him Adolf because the name Adolf Hitler is on his uniform. His briefcase is missing, along with most of his memories. Adolf is in Wonderland, or should I say Freako-Land. This is a world where Dakar spiders can shrink you down to eat you, where there's tiny buglike cockroach people, and Sadness Daemons who live in the walk-in mirrors. Adolf is in Wonderland, and he's going to go down the rabbit hole. In the Inn next to the bar, he meets the innkeeper who puts him up in a room with a whale-like sleeping fat man and a ghost who doesn't think she's a ghost. Adolf can't sleep, all he can remember is the he must find his briefcase to hunt down the Imperfect Man.
After finding The Perfect Woman, Adolf is shrunk by a Dakar spider and brought into an entirely different realm. There are imperfect beings everywhere, but where is the one he's looking for. All kinds of things will happen to Adolf, including being co-joined to a warthog-man while trying to get into the castle to talk to the Golden Eel. I don't want to give away the whole book, but it's a wild trip.
Yes, Alice In Wonderland does come to mind while reading this short book (only 166 pages) but it's Alice In Wonderland on some heavy drugs. Listening to Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" would enhance the experience.
My major problem was that the dialogue felt like it should have used contractions, but under thought I believe the author didn't use them on purpose, giving us a more "Dick and Jane" dialogue approach just to test if we're paying attention to his strange content. How can you top descriptions like "His odor was not unlike the diarrhea of a diseased ostrich"? How can you top little children that turn into hotdogs when they eat hotdogs?
If you're a fan of the Bizarro Genre, pick up this little rabbit hole treasure. If your not, this small book would be a good beginning to relax and let your mind go utterly blank to join into a world as wild as any Alice could have ever dreamed of, with a pinch of punk thrown in. Where else can you make fun of Adolf Hitler and Alice In Wonderland all contained in a slim volume? Enjoy!
Hitler in a Strange Land..... Feb 20, 2008
Let me start by saying that I'm a big fan of Carlton Mellick III and so I started reading already expecting to like it.
That being said, this review will be a fair one.
If you do not know anything about the literary genre known as Bizarro, then you should probably look into that first to see if this is your cup of tea. Otherwise, you may be totally taken for a loop and then feel the need to come on here to give it a bad review based on its "weirdness". (I've seen that happen with other bizarro books on here.)
Yes, ADOLF IN WONDERLAND is weird. It's supposed to be. But it is not weird for the sake of being weird. There is a method to the strangeness that is inside. This time it is a cross between Kafka and Alice in Wonderland in an alternate version of our world. It has the quality of a children's book meaning that the moving of the plot as well as the dialogue has that simplistic quality that you will often find in children's literature. Because of this, it may turn some readers off. There isn't much in the way of character development or in depth background. It's not that the author is deficient in his writing skills. The tone of this book called for that. Again, it's like a children's book written for adults.
The dialogue though having that simplistic quality is also very absurd and humorous. There are quite a few "laugh out loud" passages.
Imagery. One of the author's strengths overall is his ability to create striking images of strange people, places, and things. It's amazing. He doesn't need to write a whole long-winded paragraph describing a character in order to make it clear in our minds. He has mastered the ability to use his words in a precise manner. As a result, reading one of his books is very much like watching a movie. His imagery is wholly original and memorable.
As with many of the author's works, I find the problem of the story being too short. There are certain aspects of the story that I wish were dwelt upon more. (This is ironic since I found his SATAN BURGER to be a bit too long. Maybe there's a middle ground.) That's probably the only issue I have.
If you have never heard of bizarro and want to take a chance, go for it. But please remember to read this in the context of the genre and its influences (Alice in Wonderland, Kafka, etc) before leaving any sort of negative review. It's only fair to the author and to any potential readers. If you DON'T like weirdness and things happening for no apparent reason then DON'T read this. In this book, crazy stuff happens that'll have you saying "What the hell?!" so be prepared.
Lastly, (SPOILER ALERT) there is a theme to this book (from what I gather since I don't usually read books for themes or morals) and it seems to boil down to the idea of people looking for the "perfect" thing whether it be a society, type of person, religion, etc and the futility in that search as well as the irony. What fits the definition of perfect for one person may not fit it for another. So what's truly perfect?
(END OF SPOILER)
If you have read a CM3 book before, get this right now. If you like weird stuff, get this right now.
It's a satisfying read that is destined to be a cult classic (and it would make a hell of a movie!)