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The Black Eagle Inn (The Three Nations Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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The Black Eagle Inn is set in Bavaria, at the end of World War II, and deals with a country that has been brought to its knees. How refreshing to read a different take on it all! And how well done the theme of redemption throughout the country and its citizens as a new way of being has to come into play for both country and populace to move on.
Christoph Fischer is an excellent writer, and he chose to tell this marvellous story through the medium of a family saga (and boy, is he good at that). So we are introduced to the matriarch, Anna, and her relations, and her wealth - the inn itself, together with restaurant and large farm.
Money, family, religion, politics, sexuality, forbidden love, scheming, plotting, hate and scandals engulf Anna, and all of these are mirrored in what is happening within the country too, a very clever thing to do for those readers (myself included) who wouldn't previously have known what life was like in Germany at the time.
But it is not heavy-going, quite the opposite, as you are caught up in what is happening to the family - the book is quite the page-turner.
And the redemption that I mentioned at the start of the review, of which the author has written so eloquently? Well, if you are willing to change, things will change around you and you can embrace those new things; if you don't, you are sure to be left behind. And I don't think there's much more you can say to make a case for humanity than that.
An excellent read.
So being the perverse individual that I am, I decided to start with the last book in the series, 'The Black Eagle Inn', which is set against the backdrop of twentieth century Germany.
Fischer paints a picture of a wounded country, its people dealing with collective shame and guilt while trying to come to terms with a changing world. Bavaria, where most of the action takes place, is portrayed as a retrograde backwater, where traditions and old prejudices run deep.
The Hinterberger family are an obsessive bunch. The matriarch, Anna, is determined to keep control of the family lands and the Black Eagle Inn, at whatever cost to her personal relationships. Her brother, Hans-Ulrich, cannot see beyond the short-sightedness of his own religious bigotry, which drives away and alienates his children. The feuding and squabbling of the Hinterberger clan continues over decades, while their dreams die around them, and the world moves on regardless. They continue to shampoo the family rug while others progressively pull it out from underneath them.
There are fascinating vignettes of family power, almost all of which lead to disillusionment and corruption. There is little love in this family, although Maria - the youngest of Hans-Ulrich's daughters - does manage to balance a degree of personal happiness with career success.
I enjoyed Christoph Fischer's clinical narrative. His writing has a degree of alienation about it, and he pins his characters mercilessly to the wall like so many butterflies in an unusual collection.Read more ›
The Black Eagle Inn, again portraying Germany's histroy, deals with the trials and tribulations of a country family who own a farm and inn. What is different about this book us that Fischer approaches the issues of foreigners in Germany post World War II and the acceptance of homosexuality in Germany.
As usual, Fischer approaches these subjects with poise and class.
Desperate to own the family properties, Anna drives her brother off. When her father dies, Anna inherits everything and becomes the family matriarch. With her husband off at war, Anna runs everything to suit herself. Unable to have children of her own, she takes in young family members and raises them. She has taken in the propaganda and is a strict xenophobic. She refuses to hire anyone not from her own part of Germany. Religious differences cause strife within the extended family. Relative is pitted against relative in the belief that one or the other will inherit this or that portion of the Hinterberger properties.
Underhanded dealings provide luxury items for the restaurant at a time when they could not otherwise be afforded, and the family prospers. Much like the country at large, the various members of the family are doing what they must to survive and ensure they receive what they believe they are due for their efforts. Underhanded dealings, trickery, poison, creating false documents are all part and parcel of trying to rebuild and survive in the aftermath of a war that leaves many Germans ashamed.
The struggles of trying to survive in a country attempting to rebuild itself and regain respectability as the horrors of its leaders is made public is both heartrending and poignant. Families are torn apart and brought back together.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Third in the Three Nations Trilogy, The Black Eagle Inn by Christoph Fischer follows the lives of the Hinterberger family from just after WWI up until the 1980’s. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pygmy Amazon Reviews
I don't think it a great choice for the ending of 2 good books. It was just a story, about a family's life. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sally S. Allen
I am following this author's novels since I've first read 'The Luck of the Weissensteiners'. I like his open and unbiased approach to bring more controversial socio-historical... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Skadi Winter
This is the third book in The Three Nations Trilogy. My favorite component of all three is Fischer's rich characters, so full of depth they leap from the page. Read morePublished 7 months ago by carissa backherms
Couldnt put it down! Loved it. Learned some history along the way.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
After reading The Black Eagle Inn, a story I enjoyed immensely, I can deduce that author Christoph Fischer is most definitely a people person. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Paul Douglas Lovell
The writing was good. But I really got bored with this story that seemed to NEVER end.Published 15 months ago by Nancy Osberg
I'm tempted to give this book two stars but the author has done a lot of research on political movements in Germany spanning a good chunk of time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by HeathenO