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As the novel unfolds and expands, we experience everyday life in this era. Vienna, in the years just before the Great War, was in a sort of golden age bubble --- a bubble that was about to burst. The trajectory of Sebastian's life will change, as will the lives of the other characters we meet, all tied in one way or another to the family's grocery store, a gathering place of many ethnicities.
The author, Christophe Fischer, is a very talented writer. His first book, THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS, was a fabulous read, too. I think the writing in SEBASTIAN is even more graceful and the history so smoothly integrated. Oh, how deftly the author laces the metaphorical shoe that Sebastian will no longer wear. Everyone is missing a shoe of one kind or another. Sebastian's journey is everyone's journey.
Who will love this novel? Anyone who values good storytelling, a well researched setting, and a cast of fascinating characters --- each with their own challenges. The novel holds our attention, so rapt we are in how people adapt, well or not, to changing landscapes in their lives, their decisions often based on their perceptions, accurate or not. SEBASTIAN is superb historical fiction. Highly recommended.
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The second book in Christoph Fischer’s Three Nations trilogy is even better than the first. My information about World War I is very limited, going only as far as the knowledge that it was triggered by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Reading Sebastian made me learn a lot of things about World War I and while I couldn’t understand some of the political aspects due to perhaps my age and disinterest in politics, Sebastian was definitely a fascinating learning experience.
‘“Us old ones, we have already lived our lives, now let the young ones lead theirs.”’
Here’s the thing about this book; there is a wide variety of characters with their own personalities that are so different from each other that it was never a tedious read. Their individuality made it easier for me to empathize with them especially when it came to Sebastian. I loved how the author put a subtle twist of irony in the plot; Sebastian was a Jew, albeit a non-practicing one, who survived the war due to his mother’s Christian friends supporting them while Margit was a Christian living in Jewish charity. It really showed the stark reality of war, while nations may be fighting and grappling for power, individuals set aside their own differences due to a sense of duty towards another human being. It was a very small plot-bunny but beautiful nonetheless.
‘”Sometimes in life you have to compromise and realize that something which is merely good enough is good and enough. Keep reaching for the stars and see what it will get you.Read more ›
One of the beauties of the book is how it manages to paint a very vivid portrait of the Viennese society of the period, cosmopolitan, complex and with its great variety of nationalities, religions and unwritten rules. The novel shows us the wider historical events and how these affect a particular family. Thanks to the characters who come into contact with the family we can gain a wider perspective, as we get to see how people from Galicia felt, the difficult situation of Orthodox Jews from that area, how somebody who is known as a patriot today, might end up in the wrong side tomorrow through circumstances not always of their making. The shop at the centre of the book offers a great opportunity to understand the ins and outs of the public relations between the diverse groups, both from the point of view of the clients and also the staff.
Sebastian is the centre of that world, and he grows from a weak and cowardly young boy to a mature, well-adjusted and highly moral individual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sebastian covers the period immediately prior and after the First World War. The story is told from the viewpoint of a Jewish family living in Vienna and centres on Sebastian, a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fifty Sheds of Books
WWI and WWII are my favorite time periods to research and read about, and “Sebastian” is one of those very well written and highly accurate from the historical point of view... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A friend let me borrow this book for the weekend. I laughed, cried and felt so much emotion throughout as Fischer bring's the story of Sebastian to life, in Book 2 of The Three... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marie Buck-Wilde
Loved this book!! Just my type with the World War 1 history and Mystery and romance and great characters. Kept my attention throughout it and loss of sleep because of it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sally S. Allen
In this day and age with everyone talking about WWIII that might happen any moment it's interesting to read about the human struggle in the face of war. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Lee
Let me just say, I read book one and went straight into book two. I was hoping it would be as good as the first, and shockingly enough, it was better. Read morePublished 8 months ago by carissa backherms
Sebastian by Christoph Fischer is a beautiful story of love and hope in the middle of World War One. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JDB
Fischer is a beautiful creative writer. He developes the characters very well. I could not put Sebastian down and I'm now reading the 3rd in this trilogy. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carrie Engle
I found the writing very amateurish. The plot developed slowly and the characters and some of the scenes seemed quite unrealistic. I did not finish it.Published 10 months ago by Shellsf