Review by Joss Landry: Brilliant Study of Human Nature, November 24, 2013
The Black Eagle Inn is the sort of novel–I love family sagas–I sometimes worry will drag me away from everything else and never let go. Bull’s eye! Christoph Fischer’s story thrilled and pulled me deep inside the Hinterberger clan to the point that I was talking to them out loud, remonstrating when they didn’t get it right … or got drowned in righteousness. What I especially enjoyed was the presence of mind and clarity with which the author depicted each family character. I’ve been studying people all my life, and Anna, Markus, Maria, even Antoine and Esat were dead on. I have also known some Hans-Ulrich’s and a few Lukas’ in my day. I could not have portrayed them any better.
The tale is not an uncommon one. A big family, torn apart by war and famine. Can greed and jealousy be far behind? What make this story so unique, are the rendition and the voice behind the premise. As you round the first few chapters, you slowly let go and begin to trust Christoph Fischer’s rhythm, promising all dilemmas will lead to solutions or well-deserved changes. This is how the decades seem to fly by until sadness seeps in when you realize the people you’ve befriended have come to the end of their journey.
Thank you Joss.
Joss Landry is actually a gifted writer herself and you can find more about her on her blog
The Black Eagle Inn is an old established Restaurant and Farm business in the sleepy Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen. Childless Anna Hinterberger has fought hard to make it her own and keep it running through WWII. Religion and rivalry divide her family as one of her nephews, Markus has got her heart and another nephew, Lukas got her ear. Her husband Herbert is still missing and for the wider family life in post-war Germany also has some unexpected challenges in store.
Once again Fischer tells a family saga with war in the far background and weaves the political and religious into the personal. Being the third in the Three Nations Trilogy this book offers another perspective on war, its impact on people and the themes of nations and identity.