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Conditions (Conditions Series Book 1) by [Fischer, Christoph]
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Length: 224 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 2175 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NZ1VTBU
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While Charles does have a mental condition in this story, the story itself is more about the human condition. So true to life Conditions is an intricately woven tale that shows how we often see the opposite of what is true, and how whole lives can be destroyed by believing only what we see on the surface of things. I love Christoph Fischer’s warm and easy style – he brings to my mind Joanna Trollope whose tales of real life issues and the things people do to each other without meaning to are favourites of mine.

Mothers are behind much of what goes wrong in the lives of brothers Tony and Charles. One wanting to be at her daughter’s wedding more than wanting for her daughter to have what she wants, and the other concealing a shameful truth. From the first page I was instantly immersed and invested in the lives of the characters in the story. Every one of them have enormous and distinctive ways. I loved sweet Charles all the way, and I pretty much hated Tony and Claire for most of the way – which definitely points at my own very human condition. From blindly hating on behalf of friendship to blindly loving a hateful man, this book explores the ways people see, and react to what they think is true.

Every incident in this book was great – they were all real to me. A beautifully crafted work of literary fiction, that I can find not a single fault with. I loved it, and I’m looking forward to reading all of Christoph Fischer’s other books. He has prodigious talent and a warm heart that shines from every page.
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About two years back I happened to see a TV serial on autism and I was so moved with the condition of the child in that serial that I made it a point to watch every episode. I felt the same after reading this book where Charles, though a grown up man, had a mental condition similar to that.
The story is about a family where elder son has this condition and younger one is normal. In dealing with this situation what mistakes the family makes and how that causes a rift between two brothers is depicted by the author through the incidents that happen after the death of their mother ‘Rose’.
Though the story is a family drama and centered around funeral of ‘Rose’ but there are twists in the story about the legacy left by the deceased mother that keep you interested in reading the story besides the feelings for the condition of Charles. All the characters are well developed and the story seems like a true incident.
I liked ‘Elaine’ the psychic card reader, whose entry in the story enhanced my interest. Overall I was very comfortable reading this book and enjoyed reading it. This book will certainly teach you something about handling people with abnormal conditions and how to befriend them.
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Conditions is a story that will put a mirror in front of anyone who has a sibling. This book struck close to home for me, having grown up with a challenged brother. Now as an adult there still is resentment for all the excuses and enabling that naturally happens as we learn to try to understand someone who is 'different'. As these two brothers (along with many other characters caught up in the strife)deal with the death of their mother, they also struggle to deal with the strained, and in many ways unfounded, resentments that kept the brothers from growing close. During a time when family should lean on each other, Charles and Tony only build more tension. This story was well written and compelling, it shows clearly that we all have one condition or another that keeps us from relating, whether it is a disability or anger issues or fear, the human condition Christoph painted in these pages reminded me that accountability can go a long way toward healing. I loved it. I plan on sending a copy to my siblings...
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This is a touching and deep look into a family that has revolved around one member diagnosed with an unspecific mental illness. This is not the type of story one normally says they are pulled into, and, while it begins slowly, the situations that are created and the characters that are developed through out, began to pull me in. This is written in a no-holds barred style and with a very real sense of what it is like to cope with this on a daily basis. Well thought out and well written.
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Christopher Fischer creates a cast of emotionally charged quirky characters to pull us into a very well-crafted and complex tale on accepting the human condition.

Brothers Tony and Charles have never been close. At best they have been distant housemates. Tony, the oldest son, as a teen is a well-rounded, gifted athlete, who has dreams of becoming a professional football (soccer) player. His parents focus their time and funds helping their other child, Charles. He has a condition. He's bi-polar.

Caught up in a world of blaming, as time passes, Tony perceives Charles as the cause for all that goes wrong in his life.

Eventually, with the death of their mother (their father long since dead) the brothers must deal with her funeral. What would normally be an emotionally fraught experience becomes highly charged, when illusions disintegrate and truths must be faced.

Charles is supported by friends who have their own conditions, whether it be fear of letting the past go, fear of loss of control, fear of being hurt again. Tony is supported by his wife and friends, who see Charles through the lens he has painted.

A remarkably brilliant book! Beyond a compelling and consuming tale, Mr. Fischer's writing flows beautifully. Writers would be wise to study his sentence structure. One of a handful of books that I've read recently where I see and feel what is happening, versus being told what is occurring.

(A personal nod to Mr. Fischer for having Charles be a gifted landscape designer. As a Landscape Architect, I have an added passion for books that bring design into them.)
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