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- Print Length: 292 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1506129277
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- Publication Date: March 26, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TYG1WGM
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Zacharias is a character I empathize with, not necessarily for his ideas, but because I grew up in a part of Europe that flirted with communism for a long time. I have many friends who, like Zacharias, would've fought in somebody else's war in the name of these ideals. Mr. Fischer does an excellent job at portraying the human struggle as the characters grow in the thirty years spanned by the book, rediscovering the true price of ideals. Besides Zacharias, we meet his best friend Angsar who sits at the opposite end of the spectrum, both ideologically and socially, and Raisa, a nurse who ends up being the link between the two. I loved this quote, when the three reunite and exchange stories of their past: "In the end they were silenced about the vast differences in their perception of the past." Because, "in the end", the true protagonist of In Search of a Revolution is a friendship so strong that once again it surpasses all barriers: social, geographical, and ideological. Thank you, Mr. Fischer, for another excellent read.
What was particularly interesting to me was looking at the philosophies of the characters through my American eyes. The Communist in the story (Zaccharias) has a firm belief that everyone should be able to have a say in government. Ansgar feels that's a bad idea because the common people aren't really capable of making those decisions because they don't have the depth of understanding necessary for choosing their destinies. Likewise when World War II breaks out and the characters debate siding with Hitler over Stalin.
It's kind of hard to find the lesser of two evils between those two.
In final analysis, In Search of a Revolution is about three people trying to come to grips with their own ideas of how the world should work versus the way the world does work. It's about alliances of necessity. It's about finding a way when the way isn't obvious, coming to the stark realization that what we want things to be aren't always the way things are, and the realization that that's not a bad thing.
This is a good book by a good author who understands how to interwine the large events of nations of millions with the smaller events of a nation of three (with an add-onn fourth later on).
A young Zacharias sets out to participate in the Finnish Civil War and quickly discovers just how utterly frightening war is. Zacharias wants to help build a new model state, but the Red faction is defeated, and still Zacharias lingers in Finland, having little reason to return to Denmark.
Ansgar worries for his friend, but he has issues of his own which lead to him ending up in Finland - with Zacharias and lovely Raisa, who loves Zacharias but ends up marrying Ansgar, a convoluted emotional situation that has Zacharias departing for the promised land, a.k.a. the Soviet Union.
Spanning over three decades and set against a well-researched historical background, this is the story of two men with opposing convictions who are still able to retain their basic friendship, no matter that war has them ending up on different sides. It is also a story of unrequited love, of opportunities lost, reminding us all not to put off until tomorrow things we should do today.
The historical backdrop was fascinating. The tug of war between Communism and Fascism was palpable in the realities of individuals. The larger countries manipulating like pawns the smaller ones; something that our World History is so riddled with, is brought into a personable and tangible story.
In youth Zacharais’ and Ansgar’s convictions are believably unrealistic; as life and realities throw them curves the characters grow and change as I believe all of us do in life.
The female characters were more than secondary supportive characters as the story unfolded. The women have their convictions and struggles as much as the men do. There are clever twists of irony; which I won’t discuss to avoid spoilers. It is in my opinion a mark of very good writing.
As in real life, some bad deeds went unpunished and others with their dose of deserved poetic justice.
In Search of a Revolution is Mr. Fischer’s return to Historical novels and I was thrilled. I enjoy his writing and admire the diversity but the historicals are my favorites. I absolutely LOVED this book.