THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS has reached over 60,000 readers and has passed the 200 review mark on Amazon. The last few days saw another great roll of mostly appreciative and kind write-ups. I anticipated a flood of critical reviews who would repeat the worst that has been said about the book.
What joy to find that so many people see the good and the best of the story.
lucky is too weak a word
, January 26, 2015
The weissensteiners were Blessed beyond belief,,, tho I know this Is a fictional book. But seemed like many of the things they went through have happened in real life. Great story,,,strong women, This book still gave a true sense of what the Holocaust was really like for many.
“The most thoughtless of ages…
, January 25, 2015
This review is from: The Luck of the Weissensteiners (The Three Nations Trilogy) (Volume 1) (Paperback)
“… Every day headlines and short views.” – Winston ChurchillThe writing is prolific, the research is impeccable. And the story is stunning. But reading Christoph Fischer’s THE LUCK OF THE WEISSENSTEINERS was a chilling experience, because it quietly reveals the fact that our understanding of and concern for the lessons of history are, to this day, lost inside a thoughtless, short-sighted arrogance.I was struck by the cultural similarities between WWII Eastern Europe and our modern world – riveted by Fischer’s understated depiction of the actual psychological process of dehumanizing others. I felt like I was watching as a net slowly formed and then tightened around an entire race of people. Phrases such as “Dreadful genes,” “defective,” and “inferior looks” are delivered as the inner thoughts of Wilhelm as he turns on his wife, Greta – and it occurs to me now that this novel has the impact it does because their relationship is a microcosm of a much bigger picture. One that exists to this day.Churchill also spoke of the things which constitute “the endless repetition of history,” one of which is the absence of foresight. The Luck of the Weissensteiners is a novel that will open your eyes to a history that we must stop repeating.
5.0 out of 5 stars The luck of the Weissensteiners, January 25, 2015
Good read. Very historical. How different families and religious beliefs entertained. Following several families during the war over years of hardship.
4.0 out of 5 stars … people hiding during the Nazi regime handled in an excellent excellent, new way, January 25, 2015
Jewish people hiding during the Nazi regime handled in an excellent excellent, new way. Good story..
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, January 25, 2015
I choose a 4 star rating. Story is good, but it had too much detail of locations of the
war. I would have preferred more information about the people of the Holocaust.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book, January 25, 2015
I enjoyed reading about the history of this time. This is a good read for historical fiction. I will read. Book 2.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, January 25, 2015
This book was just wonderful. Honestly, I have not gotten this wrapped up in a book in a long time. There are a ton of typos and a couple grammar issues, but nothing that could even begin to tarnish this beautiful, heartwarming, thought-provoking story. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned alot from this book, January 24, 2015
(Oxford, MS United States) –
I learned alot from this hard to put down book.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Interesting, January 22, 2015
This was surprisingly interesting for a saga about a family, or really an extended family plus friends. At first there was a lot of detail about the daily events, but it gave good background for the characters. The most fascinating sections were the ones that told about the war years. It was more about the fictional people than history, but the perspective was personal and plausible. It was written in a rather quirky style, but it wasn’t hard to get used to. The few typos were funny. Everything was wrapped up neatly at the end. It seemed repetitive in many spots. He said the same thing several ways in long run-on sentences. I am not sure whether I would read more in this series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating WW II Story!, January 22, 2015
“The Luck of the Weissensteiners” is a well-crafted, complex, heart-warming story about the struggles faced by two families during World War II and beyond. The author did an extraordinary job in being the characters to life. I cried and rejoiced with them. I highly recommend this powerful, epic tale!
The Luck of the Weissensteiners (Three Nations Trilogy Book 1)
In the sleepy town of Bratislava in 1933 a romantic girl falls for a bookseller from Berlin. Greta Weissensteiner, daughter of a Jewish weaver, slowly settles in with the Winkelmeier clan just as the developments in Germany start to make waves in Europe and re-draws the visible and invisible borders. The political climate in the multifaceted cultural jigsaw puzzle of disintegrating Czechoslovakia becomes more complex and affects relations between the couple and the families. The story follows them through the war with its predictable and also its unexpected turns and events and the equally hard times after.
But this is no ordinary romance; in fact it is not a romance at all, but a powerful, often sad, Holocaust story. What makes The Luck of the Weissensteiners so extraordinary is the chance to consider the many different people who were never in concentration camps, never in the military, yet who nonetheless had their own indelible Holocaust experiences. This is a wide-ranging, historically accurate exploration of the connections between social location, personal integrity and, as the title says, luck.
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