- File Size: 729 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Publication Date: May 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K9G8M8W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #892,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story revolves around an emotionally dysfunctional family. Walter’s controlling and demanding attitude has alienated his three children and he finds himself alone to deal with his ailing wife. The eldest son, Henrik, as rigid and judgemental as the father, focuses solely on boosting his successful career, and only contacts his elderly parents when his business allows curt phone calls and cameo appearances to put them in line. Hanna, the only child to retain any emotion attachment, has succeeded in escaping her father’s overbearing attitude with a busy career with the airlines. The youngest son has given up completely on his father’s and brother’s criticism by embracing an altruistic approach to life: he chooses to spend his time with people who need his help rather than wasting it on a family who refuses it.
This is a well-crafted story with believable characters that keeps the readers enthralled on a highly emotional and intellectual level—definitely a must read.
As Fischer’s story also reveals, the aging of family members, in particular when one of them is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, creates opportunity as well as challenge. The title, “Time to Let Go,” aptly captures the theme of loss and acceptance that gets played out in the book. It might just as well have been titled “Time to Take Hold” or “Carpe Diem,” e.g. “seize the day”. An equally important theme in the book has to do with learning to live more fully in the present. That also means making the most of what the present offers, even with all its limitations.
I’m not just talking about the elder couple, Walter and Biddy, at the center of the story, but their children as well. In particular, their daughter, Hanna, caught up in her own midlife crisis. The challenges she faces are many. They include a tragic event at work, loneliness and social isolation, unresolved conflicts with her aging parents, as well as her mother’s affliction with Alzheimer’s.Read more ›
The dialogue in this story is well-crafted and the characters are solid. This story very much reminds me of Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie, which was another very good read. If you liked that novel you will certainly enjoy this one. Christoph Fischer has done a splendid job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story never really "took off". I found the dialogue very stilted (The author, for some strange reason, never used contractions in the conversations. Read morePublished 1 month ago by V.S.
Unfortunately I was not as enchanted by this novel as others. There are final editing issues (something that happens with self-publication). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eric Selby
Yes the book made me think a lot. Family life has somehow to go on although one of the loved ones might be stricken by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Elisabeth
An interesting read on people living with an Alzheimer's spouse and/or parent.Published 11 months ago by Marilyn J
I loved this book. Christoph Fischer is becoming one of my favorite authors.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was too annoyed by the misspelled words to read beyond the second chapter. Example - COZY spelled as "cosy." Seriously?Published 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Alzheimer's is something that lurks in all of our minds, especially us who have traversed the half century mark (like me). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Eric Laughton