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- Print Length: 292 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 26, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TYG1WGM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The story unfolds as each man faces the truth of their convictions and realizes there is no right answer. Amazing detail about the times and the pitfalls of blindly following any ideology.
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.
The story takes you through the lives of three main characters: Zacharias, Ansgar, and Raisa. Although on opposites sides of the political spectrum, the two men are best friends. Leaving their homeland, they both end up in Finland with female nurse Raisa. Love and politics bind them together as one war after another make their way to Finland.
The author excels in his portrayal of the political scene and how it affects the characters. He masterfully integrates the characters into the story and setting, not only showing the turmoil war causes them, but also the intricate love that weaves them all together.
My bedtime stories included " When Great-Grandpa came through Ellis Island" "When Great-Grandpa was a altar boy in the Cathedral in Turku" and "Why Great-Grandpa has a moustache" I had the very good luck to know both my Great-grandfather and Grandmother as a child growing up. That is why this new book by Christoph Fischer piqued my interest.
The story revolves around two Danish dreamers Zacharias and Ansgar who initially get involved in the Finish Civil war in 1918. Great-Grandpa John wore a moustache to hid a saber scar on his upper lip earned as a conscript in the Tsar's army. To Russians it was a badge of honor but to him it was a shame to be hidden. I would love to have been able to discuss the political leanings of the protagonists in this story and see where he stood.
The story is history but not a text book. The verbiage had the feel of a person speaking with an accent and that added to the pleasure.
I did not really like either of the male characters . They seemed a bit wishy-washy. Of course part of the problem was that Raisa( the Finnish female character) was such a rock and doer rather than a thinker and talker. She reminded me of my Grandma in action.
I enjoyed this story, how it was laid out and how well it was researched. I would recommend it to others who know little about what went on in Finland during the War years.