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Time To Let Go

Updated February 27, 2018
 
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definitely a must read
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Christoph Fischer’s newest novel, Time to Let Go, is a tragic story, which ends not with a violent death, but with the slow and deteriorating journey of a loved one’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The once vibrant and intelligent Biddy is reduced to being treated like a young child by her husband Walter, who although well intentioned, rages at how powerless he is to control the ravages of her disease: “Dammit! Why can’t she remember?” The story revolves around an emotionally dysfunctional family. Walter’s controlling and demanding attitude has alienated his three children and he finds himself alone to deal with his ailing wife. The eldest son, Henrik, as rigid and judgemental as the father, focuses solely on boosting his successful career, and only contacts his elderly parents when his business allows curt phone calls and cameo appearances to put them in line. Hanna, the only child to retain any emotion attachment, has succeeded in escaping her father’s overbearing attitude with a busy career with the airlines. The youngest son has given up completely on his father’s and brother’s criticism by embracing an altruistic approach to life: he chooses to spend his time with people who need his help rather than wasting it on a family who refuses it. This is a well-crafted story with believable characters that keeps the readers enthralled on a highly emotional and intellectual level—definitely a must read.
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YOU'RE NOT ALONE IN THE STRUGGLE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S
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I'm not sure I've ever read a book quite like this. It tells the story of a woman's descent into the heart-wrenching world of Alzheimers. If a loved one of yours doesn't have this disease, chances are likely that someone you care deeply about will develop it. The effect on family members is momentous and each person deals with it differently.The characters, the plot, and the beauty of the language will stay with you long after you finish the book. I also thoroughly enjoyed the sub-plots of airline issues and New Ageism which are superbly presented in a very non-judgmental fashion. But then again, I've read the three books which make up The Three National Trilogy, and they are just as non-judgmental. He has an ability to simply present something, rather than feeling the need to judge it. An excellent trait in a writer! We all hope that it won't happen to a loved one of ours, but if it should, this book will be a comfort in knowing that you're not alone. I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a book you keep thinking about as each day the subject of Alzheimers is addressed in some media. I applaud the author for tackling a very difficult and personal subject and making a story that will become a "must-read" for all who deal with it.
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Beautiful, True To Life Novel - Loved loved it
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Beautiful, True To Life Novel very Highly Recommended An Amazing beautiful well authored novel by Christop. So emotionally and gripping that all will enjoy. I reviewed and read this marvelous book which brought me to continue flipping the pages not letting go till the very end with a few tears and many smiles. Biddy struggles with the affects of Alzheimer's she is such a fun and free spirited personality. I connected with Walter's concern and caring standing by Biddy at all times with love and concern. Hanna a loving and caring daughter sacrifices her career to overlook and see to her parents. A very touching and true to life family story which I thoroughly enjoyed and loved to the very end. Highly recommended as a Great Read from an amazing talented author of note. Anna Othitis
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A Story that Needs to be Told!
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I was drawn to this book by it's beautiful cover and title but I was driven to read this book based on the following exert from the book's synopsis: "The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption." The novel comes at a time when my family and I are struggling to meet the healthcare needs of my aging father so I was able to closely identify with the emotions, conflicts and issues facing this family. There were times I had to put the book down because of my emotional connection to the story line and the author's realistic portrayal of the issues and feelings of the family. This is a very special novel and one that needs to be read. It's story needs to be told! Kudos to Mr. Fischer! 
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An excellent read
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Having read Time To Let Go is rather like having swooped down on an ordinarily-dysfunctional family and experienced their lives for a while, and I was left with the sensation of having been an invisible companion walking alongside the characters. Anyone who can empathise with people hurtling through life in careers that are beyond their sell-by dates, or who has cared for relatives with some of the cruel afflictions that nature can throw at human beings will empathise with these folk, and recognise the slightly-out-of-their-control action as being reality. Lives crashing, lives lived "on hold" and lives lived with clenched teeth and determination - and yet at the end of the book I found myself released with emotions intact and positive. I'm fond of describing books as "a roller-coaster", but this one is more like a walk through a busy theme park, with action happening all around at its own pace and someone else taking all of the risks on the various rides while I had the luxury of just observing and enjoying vicariously. An excellent read.
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