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Time to Let Go by [Fischer, Christoph]
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  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publication Date: May 10, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K9G8M8W
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Alzheimer's, the dynamics of a close family, learning to live with saying goodbye (or not). As a reader, Time To Let Go was an utterly compelling read for me. I'm at the point in my life, where I'm starting to look very closely at caring for my aging parents, so I took a lot of deep breaths reading this. What I loved about Time to Let Go was that it's power was in its simplicity. With chapter titles like "Lunch," "The Pool" and "Dinner," I was able to get into the day to day life of this family in a very intimate way. Their losses were mine, and their love became mine, too. A bittersweet and elegant read.
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Christoph Fischer’s newest novel, Time to Let Go, is a tragic story, which ends not with a violent death, but with the slow and deteriorating journey of a loved one’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The once vibrant and intelligent Biddy is reduced to being treated like a young child by her husband Walter, who although well intentioned, rages at how powerless he is to control the ravages of her disease: “Dammit! Why can’t she remember?”
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.
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Time to Let Go is a fictionalized account of a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. The disorder gets a good deal of attention nowadays even though too little is yet known about it. Alzheimer’s poses a host of challenges, large and small, not only for those who suffer with the disease, but for friends and family who must standby, and step in, as a loved one fades away. Christoph Fischer’s book personalizes all of that, featuring a creditable account of what it’s like for families dealing with the disease. You get a sense for the toll it takes to care for a loved one with Alzheimer’s. ‘Compassion fatigue’ is a term used in the research and practice arenas where I spent some part of my life studying caregivers and caregiving. It aims to convey how vitiating it can be to care for another person, even when that care is undertaken willingly.

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.
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As I read Time to Let Go, I often felt as if I’d snuck inside a closet in Walter and Biddy Korhonen’s home, and helplessly watched through the keyhole as they struggled with one of life’s all too familiar tragedies. From time to time, I wanted to take their daughter Hanna and her brother Henrik aside and tell them, “I know you mean well, but you simply can’t push your father to put Biddy in a nursing home before he is completely ready!” The anguish I felt while reading Fischer’s novel made it hard to believe that this was not an actual family chronicle. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Fischer’s previous three novels and for me, he is continuing to develop his ability to show rather than tell, and moreover, to conjure emotions and elicit self-reflection within the reader in response to the work. Well done!
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Having dealt with grandparent's who have both had dementia, Alzheimer's, and Parkinsons, I found this short novel to be a very powerful and moving tail. The author states he wrote it based on some personal experiences, and that becomes immediately evident to me from the start. Everything in here feels real, almost too real, and at times I had to pause reading it because it made me reflect on my own personal experiences.

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.
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