Ever since I read one of Christoph Fischer’s books, I’ve been hooked on his writing. We all have quite a lengthy TBR list and great intentions of moving up a book in line from time to time.
Between the ‘must reads’, ‘want to reads’ and the shortage of time, sometimes I just say to myself, “I feel like reading a book of which the subject matter fascinates me” and I just move up the book. That’s what I did with Christoph’s book, The Luck of The Weissensteiners while I had time to read at the pool on my winter vacation. This book which is much longer than the average page count I prefer to read, captivated my attention through every page. Here’s my review below:
In The Luck of the Weissensteiners, Fischer weaves a story of humanity, compassion and anticipation with historical facts. I was engrossed with his ability to draw us in to his believable characters.
With the advent of WWII in the town Bratislava, the Weissensteiners, headed by the patriarch, Jonah, a hardworking man running a successful weaving business with the aid of his daughters and several employees, is faced with the dilemma of first believing if this new Aryan dominance could actually be true and if it would be affecting his and his family’s life eventually. Being a non- practicing Jew, and keeping a low profile, Jonah believes he might be safe.
As the story unfolds and new characters come into the life of the Weissensteiners, mainly by Jonah’s daughter Greta meeting and falling in love with a Protestant boy, the complications begin to ensue with the mixed marriage of Greta and Wilhelm at a time where religion was becoming a time of persecution and the Germans and Russians would soon be invading this little town on the Czech border.
Fischer captures our anticipations and emotions with the decisions made by the families as their complications in life ensue. First there are conflicting decisions to flee, where to flee, then will they be discovered?
The characters are well developed and the history is well researched as we’re taken through the journey of the Weissensteiners, we’re drawn into the history of the war and its effect on human life, psyche and degradation.
This book was a page turner. From the beginning I was taken in by the likeable characters and then by my anticipation to follow them in worry for their safety in escaping the horrors of being captured or killed in a conflicting war of race and religion, and for being Jewish in a wrong time of the world.
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