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- Print Length: 292 pages
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- Publication Date: March 26, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TYG1WGM
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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.
But what about novels? Historical fiction, after all, takes many guises. To my surprise, provided the storytelling is superb, here too I’ve been able to discover brave new worlds, or more appropriately, rediscover brave old worlds. And that takes us to a discussion of In Search of a Revolution. I was blown away by this author’s last book, The Healer, and so figured I wouldn’t be going too far out on a limb to presume his storytelling prowess followed him wherever he went. And that included genres I rarely read. I gambled well with my time, because this book is every bit as remarkable as the last.
One of my favorite things about this writer is the subtle, nuanced, layered way in which he writes, that leaves the book open to multiple interpretations. The subtext keeps you from thinking you’ve ever fully fathomed the books. And that of course invites you back for a second and a third read. It invites the kind of coffee house conversations that happen admittedly more in Europe than they do in the States, because the book remains alive to you, and so you almost need to talk it out with your friends.
What I don’t think there’s any denying is that this book is at least in part a coming of age story for three teens/young adults set in a time and a place where political ideology runs thick. And, of course, there is no age group more responsive to living a life based on ideals and passion than teenagers during their college years, the years before reality has had a chance to thwart their ambitions, and to show them how terribly difficult it is to change the world, to rise above the mundane, to live larger-than-life lives. Needless to say, with a setup like this, the narrative structure takes on the direction of the rude awakening the book’s three central characters have in store for them. And a brutal awakening it is when you factor in fighting in not one but multiple wars, and living in a part of the world where racial and ethnic and cultural divides do more than cause the persecution of outsiders and non-clan members, they drive genocides.
The three heady youths, spanning the breadth of the political spectrum, the leftist male, the rightist male, and the centrist female, are forever at odds with one another in the midst of loving or pining for each other. (What teen drama would be complete without a lot of pining and romance?) It is through the threesome’s heated debates, arguments, and all-out brawls that we are exposed to the heady ideas of the times, and that the subtle nuances of the politics of the era is brought to life. The youths are embroiled in issues regarding how to make a better life for all that are every bit as worth debating today as it was then, and the causes they commit to every bit worth a young man or a young woman dedicating their lives to.
As misguided as each of these figures are—and let’s not lose track of the fact that for all their profound arguments and self-righteous causes, trying to get the world to submit to one’s view of it is definitely a fool’s errand, thus making them quite misguided—you can’t help empathizing with them. And you can’t help responding to the challenge oozing out of the subtext (admittedly along with other possible interpretations). Namely: Shouldn’t I too be determined to make a difference in this world, to live for a cause that will make me larger-than-life? Shouldn’t I too live with passion, commitment, and as if on a mission from God? Even if that dooms me to suffering and failure? What, after all, is the other option? To settle for an existence that is beneath me, a life that doesn’t fully engage, in short, what most of us feel we’re forced to settle for by being more down to earth, by being less idealistic? Or maybe the novel is no more than an homage to idealists, to the artistic temperament, to a rite of passage that all young men and women go through? Is it more about how our lives are as much elevated as debased in the instant we hand them over to one political ideology or another? Is it about all of the above, and yet so much more? I imagine the latter. But as with anything of depth and substance, the more you try to get to the bottom of it, the more its true meaning becomes illusive, just like with probing into the souls and psyches of real people. So maybe this unfathomability speaks as much to the depth and power of the author’s characters and prose as it does to the essential nature of reality.
I could continue to wax poetic, but my advice is just to pick up the book and start reading. You will be richer, if a bit more troubled on account of it, afterwards.
Two young men believe that old refrain, "You must stand for something, or you will fall for anything." These two friends come from radically differing backgrounds and those backgrounds help to form their varying world views. The story follows their attempts to forge a new future and it follows their competing love interest. This is a study in human nature at its best and it's worse.
We meet Zacharias, a wealthy man who just happens to be friends with Angsar, the son of a pig farmer. The two friends are at odds with each other because of their different beliefs. Angsar is in favor of the monarchy. Zacharias is interested in communusm and its promise to make everyone equal.
Both friends end up fighting in Finland, but things are never very easy.
Fischer has such a way of weaving a tale. Each character screams of realism as you celebrate both their joys and sorrows.