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 other 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, 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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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. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
We all yearn for the idea of ‘home’ yet it is there that the most painful struggles are fought out, as described in such profound ways in CONDITIONS, a contemporary fiction novel by Christoph Fisher. The jealousy between the brothers is complicated even further when one of them—Tony—finds his brother, Charles, a challenge to handle. He resents him for shrugging off responsibility because of his mental health condition. He hates the burden he has carried all these years, while Charles had it easy—or so he thinks. How can he come to terms with the inherent imbalance between them? This book is a journey to find a solution, to find forgiveness and embrace each other, because in the end, this is the human condition: we take stuff we never should at face value and then we question stuff that we never should. Five stars.