Thank you Christoph for allowing me to step out of my comfort zone and into your world of historical fiction. What an amazing read and one I will not forget quickly. It gave me a much greater insight into the lives of the Jewish community in eastern Europe during WW2, and their struggle to survive the multitude of obstacles and abuse. This is a must read! Well done Christoph, I can not wait to read book two of the trilogy.
Another great review of the book. Thank you Rebecca Csatlos for taking the time to read and review my book. And thank you for the 4 stars! Happy 2013!
I was recommended this book by a friend of the author. I have never been much of a reader of historical books and facts, however I was quite pleasantly surprised when I finally got stuck into the intertwining story of Greta and her family, extended family and friends.
It seemed a good portrayal of life for the Jewish community throughout Europe during the start and course of the second world war…nothing which I can remember being taught of at school. Although this is a fictional story and in parts not quite as beleivable as I would have thought, I can see that the author has made a great effort to show the reader what turmoils families endured to remain in contact with their loved ones, which must have been quite some feat considering the displacement of Jews after the war had ended.
Congratulations to Christoph, for what must have been many long hours researching details and information to ensure that the plight of the family was made ‘real’ to the reader.
Christoph Fischer’s The Luck of the Weissensteiners , was an epic and impressive read. The amount of research the author must have put into writing this story was evident by the well thought out and described times in time when geography was redirected by reigns of terror in Germany, in Russia, in the hearts of others that could watch nations of peoples, families torn apart and displaced. What starts out as a love story, a metaphor beginning in the spring of a young couple lives moves into the dark themes of our human shadow, where love turns to distrust and betrayal.
This is a story of intolerance at its worst, but is also a story of the strength of the human spirit to help and do good at great risk. While parts were too overly narrative for my taste the story and oppression of the time were never lost on the read, which kept me involved in this story, that by the time I was half way into the story I wanted to take time off to sit and finish it, to find out what happened to all the characters in their struggle to escape and survive. Sadly, like all of life there is much sorrow and loss, reality, but there is also survival and hope. I will not forget this read for a while to come.