Here are three great reviews for my book “The Luck of The Weissensteiners”
Christoph Fischer’s THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS is a book that I approached with some trepidation. The theme of WW II Holocaust has been so well presented in many books so it is not an easy subject to compete in.
In my humble opinion it is a historically accurate story, I am not a historian, but I have explored that era in depth. This is a story where the reader gets to know the characters and walk with them through the horrors of WWII.
It is very balanced in showing that everyone suffered in a war, that in some cases it brought out the best and the worst in humanity. So it does not limit the story to The Holocaust, but rather brilliantly paints a picture of many aspects and in particular Czechoslovakia.
With brilliant stolen moments of joy and human kindness, agonizing moments of human suffering and enough survivors to insure that the tale felt very plausible and believable.
All prejudice, all wars should be remembered lest as a society we could be foolish enough to fall in the same steps. As cliché as it may seem to quote George Santanaya `Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’
Mr. Fischer entertains and informs in a manner that makes the past painful and easy to remember. I recommend this as a historically accurate, emotionally poignant a moving MOST worthwhile read.
This was a hugely compelling read. The story mainly follows the progress of a Jewish family living in Bratislava at the beginning of WW II. The book is excellently written although it has a few idiosyncrasies of style that German speakers often bring to the English language. Actually, I found this lent it some authenticity as a biography since it gave the impression of a family member relating events that occurred to them and their kin during these terrible times.
Fischer uses the omniscient writing style well and handles the transitions between character viewpoints sympathetically in all but a couple of rare cases.
I bonded with several of the key characters to the extent that I had find out what happened to them and I was pleased to discover that the various outcomes were mixed rather than either of the two extremes that the situation and the title hinted at. My only two niggles with this book are that it could do with tightening up a little, perhaps 15% shorter, and that some of the dialogue felt awkward as the speakers were delegated the task of explaining a situation for the benefit of the reader.
I had no idea there were so many different ethnic groups in the Sudetenland and this book immersed me in their views and the troubles they had to confront. I feel like I learned something with is always a great thing to get from a book.
Great read! The details made me feel as if I was watching a movie!
Actually, this would be an amzing movie as it is an incredible book!
A 5 star
I loved it!