23 Jul 2014

“Blind Servitude” by David Chattaway

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“Blind Servitude” by David Chattaway is a both, grim and inspiring story about people living in slave like conditions in a mine under the surface of the earth. Our story introduces a young boy named Eli and his daily routine as a worker in the mine with its network of tunnels. Almost daily a loud siren announces death, adding to the miserable and lifeless living conditions. Eli and a friend make some fascinating discoveries and suddenly Eli begins to question the set-up and develops a sudden sense of trust, hope and bravery against the oppressors. Told with the beautiful voice of a young and innocent boy the story has an immediate charm. The prose perfectly portrays the claustrophobic conditions of living in tunnels and under the strict rule of the threatening creatures in the darkness. The novel is full of symbolism and metaphors about personal freedom, darkness and the power of the mind and beliefs. As we learn the parameters of this new and mysterious world we also get to understand about what it means to come into one’s own and watch Eli and his family make new and important choices. Although the choice of character implies a young adult market the story will no doubt appeal to wider audiences with its inspiring and well integrated messages. This may a short (-ish) read but I credit the smooth and captivating writing style for making me devour this in one sitting. Also, the book has an excellent and exquisite cover.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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