- Series: The Three Nations Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 382 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481130331
- ISBN-13: 978-1481130332
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 389 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,225,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 7, 2012
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About the Author
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he is still resident today. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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This fascinating book tells of the interwoven fates of two families. Greta, the daughter of the Jewish (but assimilated) Jonah Weissensteiner marries the gentile Wilhelm Winkelmeier and the couple begins their married life on the farm of Wilhelm’s stern relatives - Johanna and Benedikt. All of the characters are well-portrayed, but I found Johanna to be the most interesting, with her ever-shifting, ambiguous attitude toward the Jews in her life, paralleled by her capacity for both tremendous warmth and terrible coldness.
Though, as some reviewers have noted, the novel often drifts into history lesson mode, I was not bothered by that. Often when reading a historical novel I find myself distracted, wondering what was actually happening at the time, so I was pleased to have Mr. Fischer tell me.
It was a bit of a slow start, but once I entered chapter two I was hooked. I was totally drawn into the lives of Greta and Wilhelm, which started out as a cute love story between a Jewish girl and a German boy.
It was your typical teenage love story until the push-pull of the political climate got in the way as Hitler rose to power. And then came the heartbreak of watching propoganda tear families apart.
This took place on the fringes of the war rather than in the heart of battle, but always the reaper hovered nearby, blowing whispers of danger into your ear. These whispers triggered life-and-death decisions, not knowing which way to go, what action to take, when the wrong choice would plunge you into a hell beyond imagining.
A mysterious benefactress. Rumors that send you running in one direction, only to encounter more rumors that send you back from whence you came. Rumors of terror, rumors of hope… and all of your decisions rely solely on rumors.
My favorite quote: "Half of life is a confidence trick."
Second favorite: "Even if you have done good deeds for the wrong reasons, they were still good deeds."
I learned from this book, and it had me looking up things on the internet out of curiosity. That's always a plus. I'd heard of Slovenia, Slovakia, and Czechoslovakia, but I did not realize that Czech, and Slovakia, were two separate countries that were united for awhile, and then split apart again.
The world is ever-changing. Countries that I grew up learning about in school no longer exist. And new countries appear on the maps regularly. Humans are a restless species.
As a kid, I collected colorful stamps from around the world, and I was a cat lover. So countries like Abyssinia, Persia, Burma, and Siam were close to my heart for the beautiful cats that bore their names.
I once knew the names of so many countries through stamp collecting, but now many of those countries no longer exist. Humans play tug-of-war with country names and borders.
We think of history as something that happened a long time ago. But every year, history is being created anew, for some future generation to read about in a book. Things that we take for granted, and places that we hold dear, may not exist in fifty years except as a memory.
Luck of the Weissensteiners so poignantly highlights the truth of many religious teachings, that your belongings aren't going to follow you into an afterlife, and they may not even remain with you in this life. They are expendable, and one bad turn can take them away.
It's better to focus your energy on something that matters in this world, something that you can leave behind as a legacy. Maybe it's a love of nature, or an endangered species. Maybe your purpose is to help children, or dogs, or cats, or tree frogs. Maybe you are here to spread joy to others in everyday encounters. Maybe you create art that will live long after. Maybe you support someone else in one of these endeavors. Maybe you simply help the world turn.
As long as whatever you do contributes something positive instead of just taking away for the me-me-me, then you can leave this world proud.
— Sharon Delarose, author of The Wizard of Awe, An Acre of America Backyard Nature Series
Most recent customer reviews
Learning a bit about Sudetenland was the most Interesting part
Easy read. Wouldn’t say don’t miss it