18 Mar 2015

Conditions: This book struck close to home for me, having grown up with a challenged brother

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gifted writer, a wonderful story., March 9, 2015
This review is from: Conditions (Kindle Edition)
Conditions is a story that will put a mirror in front of anyone who has a sibling. This book struck close to home for me, having grown up with a challenged brother. Now as an adult there still is resentment for all the excuses and enabling that naturally happens as we learn to try to understand someone who is ‘different’. As these two brothers (along with many other characters caught up in the strife)deal with the death of their mother, they also struggle to deal with the strained, and in many ways unfounded, resentments that kept the brothers from growing close. During a time when family should lean on each other, Charles and Tony only build more tension. This story was well written and compelling, it shows clearly that we all have one condition or another that keeps us from relating, whether it is a disability or anger issues or fear, the human condition Christoph painted in these pages reminded me that accountability can go a long way toward healing. I loved it. I plan on sending a copy to my siblings…
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow-burning, Thoughtful Literary Fiction, March 6, 2015
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This review is from: Conditions (Kindle Edition)
Let me declare at the outset, that after gobbling up Christoph Fischer’s ‘Three Nations Trilogy’, I am a fan.
‘Conditions’ is another worthy addition to the collection. As in his other books, Fischer’s deceptively simple prose conceals layers of meaning, and the title can be understood in a number of ways: psychiatric conditions, or the conditions we negotiate as part of our interactions with others.
At the heart of the narrative is a feud between two brothers, one of whom suffers from psychiatric problems, while the other carries a grudge that life has dealt him some unfair cards. Other characters dance around the central conflict, themselves suffering from various forms of mental and physical abuse and lack of purpose. But at the quiet centre of the tale lies the potential for redemption – from whatever ills trouble us.
Highly recommended for lovers of slow-burning and thoughtful literary fiction.mental-health-13594173

Conditions

When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. 
The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are ot her underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside.
Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. 
Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, images (1)narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.

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CHRISTOPH FISCHER 

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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. After a few years he moved on to the UK where he now lives in a small hamlet, not far from Bath.  He and his partner have three Labradoodles to complete their family.

Christoph worked for the British Film Institute, in Libraries, Museums and for an airline. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ was published in November 2012; ‘Sebastian’ in May 2013 and The Black Eagle Inn in October 2013. “Time To Let Go” , his first contemporary work was published in May 2014, and “Conditions” in October 2014. His medical thriller “The Healer” was released in January 2015.

He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.

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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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