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Sebastian

Christoph Fischer
 
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Full Title
Sebastian
Format
eBook
Rated for Readers
Rated PG (not necessarily suitable for children)
ISBN
9781484156001
Sebastian

Book Description

Sebastian is the story of a young man who has his leg amputated before World War I. When his father is drafted to the war it falls on to him to run the family grocery store in Vienna, to grow into his responsibilities, bear loss and uncertainty and hopefully find love.
Sebastian Schreiber, his extended family, their friends and the store employees experience the ‘golden days’ of pre-war Vienna and the timed of the war and the end of the Monarchy while trying to make a living and to preserve what they hold dear.
Fischer convincingly describes life in Vienna during the war, how it affected the people in an otherwise safe and prosperous location, the beginning of the end for the Monarchy, the arrival of modern thoughts and trends, the Viennese class system and the end of an era.
As in the first part of the trilogy, “The Luck of The Weissensteiners” we are confronted again with themes of identity, Nationality and borders. The step back in time made from Book 1 and the change of location from Slovakia to Austria enables the reader to see the parallels and the differences deliberately out of the sequential order. This helps to see one not as the consequence of the other, but to experience them as the momentary reality as it must have felt for the people at the time.

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A heartwarming and intriguing story.
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I loved reading Sebastian. After finishing the luck of the Weinsteiners I was compelled to read another from this author... Sebastian is a really wonderful character.. His mature look on life is heartwarming.. Even with his disability, his strength shines through...
I followed avidly his life and struggles and his love of life... His grandfather Oscar was a firm influence in his life, and Sebastians abilities and accomplishments were inspiring.

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A captivating novel written by a very talented author!
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Sebastian is such a wonderful, captivating story, rich in history and very intriguing characters. It takes place mainly in Vienna during World War I. The author’s passion for this era, his extensive research, and his love for detail created a magnificent tale of strength, courage, love, and hope in the midst of a devastating war. I fell in love with the sixteen-year-old protagonist, Sebastian, right from the start. The strength and maturity this boy exhibited after losing part of his leg, in contrast with what his mother described him to be, was fascinating. And even more fascinating was his life, his struggle with his disability, and what he managed to accomplish. I also liked very much Oscar — his grandfather, Margit and Gerlinde — the two loves of his life, and last but not least, Vera — his mother. They were all unique in their own way. It’s an excellent book which I highly recommend!

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Full of colorful characters
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Christoph Fischer has done it again with Sebastian. This is a story of love, heartbreak, and war. Sebastian, at the beginning if the tale, is a weak child who allowed an infection take hold of him so badly in his leg that he ended up with an amputation. His equally weak mother, Vera, makes mistakes that jeopardize his health. Again as t the odds, Sebastian is able to live a full rich life. Full of colorful characters and extensive historical accuracy, this is one to add to your historical fiction shelves.

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A MOST COMPELLING AUTHOR!
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The more I read by this author, the more I realize he is one of the most talented and best contemporary authors of our time. This is a beautifully written book. The characters, the settings, the prose, all invite one in to this time and place. He is a master at creating everyday life during turbulent times. These are times we've read about, but I would venture that most of us have never really understood the times beyond the headlines and history books. Mr. Fischer makes them come alive. I read his first book, The Luck of the Weissensteiners, and knew I had discovered an immensely talented author. Not only was I not disappointed when I read Sebastian, if anything it eclipses his first book. Now I'm compelled to read his third book in the Three Nations Trilogy, The Black Eagle Inn. But it's a compulsion I'm looking forward to! Thanks, Mr. Fischer for bringing the past alive so beautifully!

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Wonderful Read of Reality on World War I
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Christoph's second book in trilogy. I was quickly engrossed in this novel and in the characters. Sebastian like any normal child, tries hard to hide his infected leg that requires amputation. I again find myself whilst reading this wonderful story experiencing hard and tough reality as it was felt by the people in that era. Thank you Christoph for bringing this to life and making one realize that today's world in most countries it is not to that extreme. Christoph writes amazing story lines from his heart and soul giving much insight. Keep writing your writing talents are amazing.

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