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  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Verlag (November 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867874441
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867874441
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,403,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The more I read I could not suspend belief and unfortunately gave up.
Gledden
I for one am eagerly anticipating reading this narrative many times over and look forward to Stephan Niederwieser's next litery venture.
Mike
What an amazing novel full of interesting and unique characters, who's lives are intertwined by a ring.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger M. Kean on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Stephan Niederwieser might be better known to some as the author of more technical books like "Do It Yourself" or "Bend Over!: The Complete Guide to Anal Sex for Men"... or perhaps not. Nothing in those two worthy tomes is likely to prepare the reader for the narrative power of "On a Wednesday in September." At the center of this multi-POV story is Bernhard, a self-deprecating teacher who is tentatively enjoying--if not exactly relaxing into--his first gay relationship with Edvard. It's the attraction of opposites, as flighty, outgoing, fashion-conscious Edvard keeps hearing from his numerous friends, for Bernhard is deeply introverted. When Edvard hands his lover a ring to seal their friendship, Bernhard is overwhelmed. Recurring, dreamlike images from a past which feels like his, yet in the twenty-first century it cannot be: he sees a blond soldier in Nazi uniform being tortured by SS and burns with his own complicit guilt. Like a startled hare, Bernhard flees from these manifestations and Edvard as well. Niederwieser introduces many and varied characters who seem to have nothing to do with Bernhard, other than his difficult, close-lipped father and his strong-willed mother Lydia. But in the clever interleaving of their complicated lives it becomes clear that each has an impact on Bernhard and Edvard's lives. Even before he joins his sisters, brother, and their families for Christmas in Frankfurt, Bernhard has lost his love ring. It becomes the connecting thread which ties the lives of these strangers together and eventually to Bernhard, and what seems contradictory finally comes together at the end in a revelatory and satisfying circularity. This is very much a gay story which relies on the quality of its prose rather than helpings of explicit sex (which remains implied more than described) and the poetry the author brings to the emotional lives he describes so entertainingly and with sparky dialog makes it a novel for readers of all persuasions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elisa on November 20, 2012
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This is the story of a ring, and I don't mean only the physical jewel Edvard gave, as a love token, to his boyfriend Bernhard, it's also the metaphysical cycle of time, started many years ago and that has to find a closure now, in the present.

When Edvard gives Bernhard a ring, he was not expecting for it to be the ending of their relationship, but that is what apparently happened. Bernhard literally runs away from Edvard, and disappears without any explanation. What Edvard doesn't know is that, right when he put the ring on Bernhard's finger, he opened a portal on a past that is not yet forgotten, not until the only survivor will still remember a boy from the past. Once I heard a legend about the fact that dead people cannot rest until the last one on heart remembering them will not die; only then they will be able to move to the alterlife.

Bernhard is physically ill, the ring was like an arrow to his heart, and he is experimenting emotions that are true to him, but that he doesn't understand. The impeding feeling is that his relationship with Edvard is at risk, and that something tragic will soon happen. Someone near him will die, but Bernhard knows that is not the tragedy he is waiting to struck, actually it seems like this death is closing the circle. Nevertheless, Bernhard is forced apart from Edvard, and various misunderstanding will make really difficult for them to mend the path bringing them together again. Maybe only the ring will be able to.

The novel is no light romance at all, but it's intense and bittersweet. In a way, all lovers involved will have their happily ever after, some of them in the near future, some of them will wait for a life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Link on November 15, 2012
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So interesting to find a book written by a German writer (who is also an excellent book editor, making him an even better author in my opinion) about the Nazis and World War II. In the States, we often only get our side of the story, and not really the story from Germany - which was profoundly devastated and changed by the war. On top of that, this translation is top notch. German always translates well into English (unlike French and other languages), making it a very accessible read. I highly recommend the book for anyone interested in WWII history.
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By canoeguy on February 7, 2013
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Well written story of many lives intersecting all joined together by this one thing. And the ending where at last all is revealed.
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By Gledden on February 4, 2013
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Started off well even though I think there are issues with translating it from German but half way through it became silly with all the totally unbelievable scenarios, for example, Edvard being picked up by the police or him attacking Fred in the park and not recognising him even when they shortly thereafter sleep together? Kim the air line stewardess not recognising Lydia even though she was on the flight that took Lydia and Theo to Miami and of course there when Theo dies on board? The more I read I could not suspend belief and unfortunately gave up. I'll probably never find out about what the title of the book meant, certainly wasn't covered in the first 180 pages?
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Badly translated--or maybe even badly written in the original. I couldn't plow through the mess. Too bad. The subject sounded interesting; it may have had potential, but it got lost.
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