Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Black Eagle Inn Review by Red

How does a Nation recover from its collective shame, how does it rebuild itself into a modern state and deal with its horrendous past and the difficult path ahead? Restructuring of the political landscape & the influence of religion are strong themes in this historical family saga & post war drama set in Germany 1940 - 1976.

The Black Eagle Inn is an old established restaurant and part of a family farm business in the sleepy Bavarian countryside outside of Heimkirchen. Childless Anna Stockmann has fought hard to make it her own and keep it running through WWII. The family is divided by rivalry between family members since her own youth but at the heart of this story one of Anna’s nephews, Markus, owns her heart and another nephew, Lukas, owns her ear, while her husband Herbert is still missing-in-action.

Religion dictates life in Heimkirchen's enclosed Catholic community that was almost unaffected by the fighting in the war. Anna’s brother Hans-Ulrich is involved in the church as well as in post war party politics. He finds that the new generation, his own off spring, are not functioning as well as the older one would like. Bitter conflicts arise in the new forming Germany and the family members all need to decide how to respond to the challenges ahead.

This is war fiction without immediate war, it is literary history about Germany after the Nazi rule with gay, racial, religious and feminist themes, describing the way one family experiences the forward move of a shamed Nation.

Fischer tells a great family saga with war in the far background and weaves the political and religious into the personal with belated or indirect impact of war on people.

About the Author
Christoph Fischer was born in Germany, near the Austrian border, as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. Not a full local in the eyes and ears of his peers he developed an ambiguous sense of belonging and home in Bavaria. He moved to Hamburg in pursuit of his studies and to lead a life of literary indulgence. He now lives in the UK.

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Review by Red
I was given this ebook for free for an honest review.

'The Black Eagle Inn' is an in depth look at how one Bavarian family navigates relationships, religion and business in post war Germany.  Fischer gives you an honest portrayal of a family, over a thirty-six year period, trying both to hold on to the past and jump head first into the future.

'The Black Eagle Inn' is a study in family interaction. The family dynamic is mesmerizing and at times and takes the reader through every emotion in the human spectrum.  Each and every character is so well developed that I found myself having a love/hate relationship with each and every one of them.  The style of this book evolves with the characters as the years pass.  I would recommend to my friends as well as my dad, who is an avid reader and history buff (my words, not his).

1 comment:

Christoph Fischer said...

Thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to read and blog about books. Indie authors like myself really appreciate your support! :-)

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