Translator: Donald McLaughlin
Lukas Zbinden leans on the arm of Kâzim, as they walk slowly down the stairway towards the door of his old people’s home. Step by step, the irrepressible Lukas recounts the life he shared with his wife Emilie and his son. She loved to walk in the countryside; he loved towns and meeting strangers. Different in so many ways, what was the secret of their life-long love? And why is it now so hard for him to talk to his son?
Christoph Simon’s writing style is very humanistic and put the reader straight into the characters shoes. While reading this book I felt like I was feeling what each character felt as they were feeling it. I went on a journey alongside these characters.
Don’t be surprised if through reading this book you shed a tear, that is how emotionally attached I became to the characters in this book. All the characters are so vivid in description it is hard not to find yourself in their world when you are reading this book.
Overall this is a sad but heartwarming tale that I highly recommend everyone reads.