The kindly ones french les bienveillantes is a 2006 historical fiction novel written in french by american born author jonathan littellthe book is narrated by its fictional protagonist maximilien aue a former ss officer of french and german ancestry who helped to carry out the holocaust and was present during several major events of world war ii . Simply astounding the kindly ones is unmistakably the work of a profoundly gifted writer time a literary prize winner that has been an explosive bestseller all over the world jonathan littells the kindly ones has been called a brilliant holocaust novel a world class masterpiece of astonishing brutality originality and force and relentlessly fascinating . jonathan littell the kindly ones such a fiercely compelling novel one of the most evil stories ever told i had to listen to the audio book while taking my walks and let all the evil from the novel run down my legs and out the bottom of my feet so much evil thus my initial reluctance to write a review and highly recommend. Jonathan littells the kindly ones was originally written in french les bienveillantes and won frances prix goncourt often called the french booker though the prix goncourt has been around . In the kindly ones event follows event without any sense of individual character or dramatic motion except for that of the war itself the book is narratively empty and intellectually incoherent
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