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Sebastian

Updated March 06, 2018
 
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A book to be reckoned with
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*** I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Sebastian is Christoph Fischer's second novel in his 'The Three Nations Trilogy', thematically connected to his first book, but can, without a doubt, stand on it's own. It depicts a powerful historical image of Vienna, during and after WW1 and the pain and suffering of the people living during that difficult era. Within this harsh and cruel reality blossoms a touching love story of the crippled, self-conscious young student, Sebastian. Conditioned at a young age not to expect to experience true love because of his condition, he muffles his emotions and sensuality behind his persona of dedicated student and teacher. Rejected and betrayed by his lovers, he turns all his passion into the success of his students. The characters in this story are naturally shaped by the turbulent times; and take on such a hold on the reader that they seem real enough to be our neighbours and family. It is a coming of age for many of them, especially for Sebastian and Margit who eventually must come to terms with their own expectations of love. A book to be reckoned with, and to be placed on the required reading list of all teachers of young adults.
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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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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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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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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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