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The Invention of the Big Bang: A mysterious, thought-provoking and inspiring novel about taking risks and living life unconditionally [Kindle Edition]

Fred Schäfer
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Book Description

Ludwig is a wealthy banker who wants to be an artist. His wife Gina is convinced that matter and time can’t exist. Daniel and Monika, a young bohemian couple, live happy lives with values and beliefs that are in almost every aspect the opposite of what Ludwig and Gina’s lives are about.
One day Ludwig starts telling Daniel his story: how he helped political refugees to escape to Casablanca; how he lost everything and what happened then; how he and Gina travelled the world. But there was more. It took a long time before Daniel discovered the banker’s secret: the dark events that once dominated his past and that even Gina didn’t know.
Despite all their differences, the friendship between the two unlike couples grows over many years. Then, one day, Ludwig’s past catches up with him.

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  • File Size: 1540 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Z73S22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and rewarding read October 12, 2012
By eamon
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Invention of the Big Bang is a well written story which I found unique and original. it tells the story predominately of Ludwig and his journey through life and those he encountered. Yet it is more than that, as a reader you continually find yourself thinking and pondering bigger questions. I enjoyed the way the mysteries of life and philosophy are interwoven into the story, which itself is fascinating. It was a different book to what I usually read and I found myself continually wanting to read on to see where it took me. The brisk writing, well formed characters and strong dialogue move the mutli-layered story on at a good steady pace. I found it an interesting and rewarding read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book October 17, 2012
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Ludwig is a dreamer and his life is a journey captivated in this beautifully written and thought provoking novel. Ludwig is a identifiable character who exemplifies the best and worst of each of us. Filled with life questions that we all ask ourselves, this story takes the reader on a amusing ride through the highs and lows of Ludwig's world. The book is engaging and filled with moving moments that carry the reader forward. The narrative has an addictive quality that draws you in and keeps you captivated from start to finish. Mr. Schafer weaves a wonderful tale of love and redemption. I highly recommend this seductive and thoroughly satisfying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Thought-Provoking September 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The main character, Ludwig, is a likeable and fascinating character from Germany that the author presents with clever dialogue and great scene setting. In fact, I liked Ludwig. As I read this book, I cared about him and could envision him sitting across from me, as if he were telling the story to me personally. The author's ability to build characters is excellent.

But the narrator is not Ludwig. He is another fellow. I don't want to give away the whole book, but I will say that the way Fred Schafer tells this story offers a page-turning perspective and one that puts you in alignment with the characters throughout their wonderful journey.

Through Ludwig, we are introduced to a philosophy about life. It reminded me of the Celestine Prophecy. The book gets exciting as we go along on Ludwig's adventures, first beginning with him running away at the age of 15. He eventually marries Gina and they go through the ups and downs of financial disparity, recovery, starting a family and eventually traveling to America, the land of dreams. Ludwig and Gina are both dreamers, too. By the time you reach the conclusion, you will be in love with both of them and their amazingly realistic perspectives that most anyone who has experienced life can relate to.

I waited for the bang, as the title suggests, and of course the author makes you wait until the end. (Smart thinking!) You will discover what the "bang" is, exactly and it will make you sit back for a moment in its pensive delivery. But if you don't read it, then ..."perhaps in another existence, you may find out more about it." Then again, why wait?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Philosophical Journey September 27, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
You can't help but fall in love with Ludwig; he's such an eccentric, interesting character. And the way the author narrates Ludwig's story is just as interesting - it reads like a grandfather's reminiscence, making the narrator himself a curiously loveable figure in the tale. The story covers the life of Ludwig, the quintessential dreamer, from the age of fifteen, and moves along in a way that is both compelling and rambling - an oddly addictive writing style. But what makes this book a truly worthwhile read is the way the auxiliary characters are portrayed, with as much life and depth as the main character. Through them and the way they fit into Ludwig's tale, the author reminds us that one person's story is never the story of one person. A wonderfully philosophical journey; entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable September 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am really enjoying this story. The four main characters, despite being a couple of generations apart in age, appear real and believable. The way their lives interact and compliment each other (most of the time) and when Ludwig's past finally catches up with him he is able to reply upon his young protege's wit and their belief in their old mentor. Good stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ode to the Bohemians December 3, 2012
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Among the masses of words proliferating the market of the electronic world, sometimes, rarely, there comes a tale that makes one forget about the mundane reality and sweeps one along into a different time and space.

Kurt Vonnegut is reported to have said that a novel ought to take the reader to his destination by the shortest route as quickly as possible. This is not such a novel. It is a yarn spoken at leisure, rather like a cork bobbing on the surface of an ocean of existentialism. Carefree, contented, until something within us turns the lustrous surface into turbulent waters. Then, a monster emerges from the deeps to take rein over the surface, only to return to his dark domain. A strange, almost an impersonal journey.

Yet, it is not really the destination that matters, but the trip itself. One is tempted to visit the many places, which the author visited, looking for his memories scattered throughout the world. It is peppered with phrases such as "less is more", overtones of Mies van der Rohe, with the brushstrokes of Picasso, Gaudi and Kandinsky, and with philosophies that must be read at the author's pace. I shall therefore, leave you to do so. It seems that only becoming a true Bohemian offers permanent happiness. Find out for yourself. Become engrossed in the novel, even as I was. You'll enjoy it. Also, even as I did. You won't regret it.

And don't forget the love triangles or even more complex geometric figures; and finally, the Big Bang. But those you'll have to discover for yourself. Enjoy the trip!"

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all...
Well almost. While you won't really hear about the Big Bang for more than a paragraph, you will be reading a strangely captivating tale told from the angle of a story teller... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenrick Callwood
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of a complex man and his philosophical wife
Ludwig is a man caught up in the material world (where he has a talent for making money), while he longs for a bohemian existance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by B Ch MXN
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
I like books that make you think and stories that keep you up at night to finish them. Author Fred Schafer doesn't disappoint with "The Invention of the Big Bang. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mary Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars really unconventinal...really good
I very much enjoyed this book. I liked the characters and the story. The author seems ckever imaginative and knowledgeable. I liked how the story twisted and turnedn
Published 13 months ago by Mary K.
3.0 out of 5 stars I really WANTED to like it
After reading all the reviews for this book and it's story line I just knew this book was written especially for me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sherrirose
5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting journey through life.
I love traveling, I love meeting people, and I am a sculptor. For all these reasons your book, the Invention of the Big Bang, has been so fascinating for me. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bozena Happach
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Humbling, and Worthy of a Big Bang
I found this story to be an entertaining read and was wow'd by the author's ability to conceive of a story-line and characters that seemed so real that I continually found myself... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Teege
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, but needs a final edit.
This is great book with fully flushed, thought-provoking characters and story line. I truly felt invested in the characters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by DMPDX
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
This is a beautifully written novel, intelligent and thought-provoking. Although the story is complex it is easy to follow and the characters are believable. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Emily D'Eath
5.0 out of 5 stars : A very interesting book
This is an original story about life and how one man manages through it. The characters are interesting and the writing style is engaging. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mike Gulett
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