The Sonnet Trilogy is about six people and spans two countries, two cultures and the societies in which they live. Their loves, losses, successes and failures take place in the turbulent 1950s and 1960s. In the US, the civil rights movement is under way. In Switzerland, the sexual revolution has dawned. In both countries, old attitudes and prejudices still prevail. Women’sThe Sonnet Trilogy is about six people and spans two countries, two cultures and the societies in which they live. Their loves, losses, successes and failures take place in the turbulent 1950s and 1960s. In the US, the civil rights movement is under way. In Switzerland, the sexual revolution has dawned. In both countries, old attitudes and prejudices still prevail. Women’s liberation is still unknown, yet a few brave pioneers are throwing off the bonds of gender stereotypes. Book I, Impediments, focuses on cousins Beatrice, Gerard and Paul. Born to privilege in Geneva, Switzerland, they are sophisticated, well educated and wealthy. Their relationships will be complicated by close family ties, Gerard’s decision to go to the United States and Beatrice’s determination to become a doctor, one of the very few women to do so in Switzerland in the 1950s. The Americans Sarah, Lily and Jack are introduced, but the impact of their relationships with the Swiss and one another is fully realized in Book II, Alteration, and Book III, True Minds....
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One of the best indie authors I have found. Lee Holz writes very well! Sensitive and poetic writing. The only issue I have is that I think the book could have been shorter. Some chapters contain too much information. However, it is still a great coming of age novel set in the 1950s and 1960s. I intend to continue reading books by this author. He is one of the few indie authors writing high level literary fiction.
*** A Slow-burning Saga of Swiss Privilege ***As a long-time fan of Lee Holz's 'Bowin' action novels, I was intrigued to see what this author would serve up by way of a Family Saga. The change of pace was certainly a surprise, but not a disappointment.The narrative unfolds in a leisurely fashion, allowing the more sophisticated reader to savour Holz's detailed descriptions of privileged Swiss life in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The suffocating culture and social mores - along with a Swiss obsession with detail (particularly in matters of punctuality), which permeates the text - is well portrayed. Largely insulated from the horrors of World War II, the Swiss banking families depicted in the story have continued to amass wealth, and enjoy an existence which notably includes a lavish amount of leisure time.The author's title, therefore, contains a degree of irony: the only 'impediments' to happiness facing cousins Gerard and Beatrice are those they impose on themselves, since they enjoy the indulgence of their families, and money is never a problem. Holz's prose is engaging - as befits a poet - and is enough to hold the reader's attention in a story arc which contains little by way of incident, but is rich in historical background and in dissecting the psychology of his protagonists.I look forward to picking up the second instalment of this slow-burning saga of love and ambition.
A fascinating book with some real depth into the family lives of the well to do in Switzerland but even more with the growing changes in human rights around the world in 50-60s. Although beginning in Switzerland the book will grow in depth and involvement taking you to England and America with new characters being introduced and growing through the trilogy. This is Book One of the Sonnet Trilogy so be prepared that all the unfolding will not happen in this book. The issues of civil rights and women rights will affect the characters of this book. Beatrice and Gerard are second cousins, however "The two families have been planning this wedding virtually since Gerard was born." However it was planned with the idea of status quo regarding rights of women. But Beatrice is not the simple housewife and world is not as restricted as it was before. She wants more; wants to make a difference. Upon graduation from University she goes on to medical school. "Some medical students and professors were overly hostile to her, the only woman student in the medical school." Could marriage between them stand up with two careers and the changes in human rights in the world. You'll quickly grow into these characters and their struggles with the times and with themselves. Lee Holz works his magic in "Impediments" holding you spellbound in an era still a strong part of today's world.
Mesmerizing read.How can a book that moves at a leisurely pace be such a page turner? The answer lies in impeccably detailed research of an era and rich, fully developed characters. I can't wait for the second book of the trilogy.
Thoroughly enjoyable. Engaging characters.