Fred Schäfer was born in the south of Germany and left home at the age of nineteen. A few years later he discovered the world of literature.
Two of his books, The Short and Wonderful Life of Henry Hemingway and Travelling with Maria, provide insight into the early years of his life. The Mysterious Man completes the picture, although not entirely, because The Mysterious Man is a novel, not an autobiography. Or is it both? A book in which reality and fiction merge?
At the age of thirty six, the author and his family moved to Australia, where they reside today. He worked as an engineer and IT manager, then became a professional speaker. During those years, he wrote two nonfiction books: The Solution Within Yourself and Success, Money and You. A few years later he published the essence of his seminars in his third nonfiction book, How to Make Great Things Happen in YOUR LIFE.
Fred Schäfer’s heart belongs to the world of literature, which to him means fiction. He has written eight novels in total, three in German and five in English. His English novels are:
An Almighty Conspiracy,
The Invention of the Big Bang,
The 92-Year-Old Lady Who Made Me Steal a Dead Man's Car,
The Mysterious Man, and
Don’t Mention the FBI.
The 92-Year-Old Lady Who Made Me Steal a Dead Man's Car, clearly, is Fred Schäfer’s most imaginative literary fiction novel. As the subtitle of the book says, it is a thrilling and seriously funny novel. The author demonstrates his creative power to an almost unimaginable degree. Literary characters from the books of his heroes come alive and attempt something, which would make their authors, if they knew about it, scream in horror or rotate in their graves.
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Invitation to a Former Girlfriend’s Wedding
by Fred Schäfer
(5.00 from 1 review)
Overweight, unattractive, sick and old, Tony receives a wedding invitation from a former girlfriend. She looks stunning and sexy. Tony wonders, could there be one more passionate night for the two of them? This is his story. How he turned his life around, his former girlfriend’s ploy and Clint Eastwood’s involvement. But the most unexpected change in Tony’s life is still ahead of him.
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Wall — Love, Sex and Immortality [Aquarius Trilogy Book One]
on Nov. 30, 2012
This book is exactly how intelligent literary fiction should be.
Quantum physics deals with the behaviour of objects in the microphysical, subatomic, world. In this context Einstein had many discussions with physicists who were committed to an interpretation from which they concluded that nothing – the moon included – exists unless it is being observed. In other words: if you look at the moon, the moon exists, if you turn around and look in the opposite direction, the moon no longer exists. I suspect not many people would take this kind of reasoning seriously if not a genius, Albert Einstein, had taken it seriously.
With this somewhat unusual introduction let me tell you what this amazing novel is all about. Ultimately, it is a very beautiful love story. Without exception, the major characters in this book are likeable people. As you get to know them you would like to meet them, perhaps share a bottle of wine with them and talk about religion, God, reality, the US president Laura Georgina Bush, the CIA, about neutrinos and leptons, out of body experiences, love, sex, immortality and the best way of walking through a solid wall.
Some of these topics may sound unrealistic. They are and they are not, readers will have to decide that for themselves. They are presented in an often comical fictional context. But just let me remind you of Einstein’s discussions with physicists about the existence (or non-existence) of the moon. So don’t make up your mind about the reality of our world too quickly. The author’s great achievement with this book is that he manages to embed these largely philosophical topics in a gripping plot about the life experiences of Simon and Ambrosia, the couple at the heart of the novel’s love story.
This book is interesting and hugely entertaining; it presents challenging ideas and is very witty. It is exactly how intelligent literary fiction should be. I couldn’t put it down. It cost me a night’s sleep and made me change my priorities the following day. I am truly excited about this novel and recommend it highly.
Now - Being and Becoming
on Dec. 13, 2012
Kate Jones, Pasadena, USA, writes about "Now - Being and Becoming": "As usual, this reader was awed by the author's cosmic range of thought, global vocabulary, the boldness of his ideas, the potpourri of philosophical sources, and his charming self-revelatory candor." Yes, the same happened to me. I was impressed. In one way or another, the book deals with all the big - really big! - actually: the Biggest! - philosophical issues known to mankind. What is reality? What is time? What is infinity? What does it mean to be dead? Who am I? Is there a God? Who is God? Who is God's God? And the book is also a great love story, perhaps even a personal love statement by the author? But not only does the author ask these very big questions within the framework of a novel, he also provides a multitude of possible answers. Actually, more than that: He speculates like there is no tomorrow (and maybe there isn't) and as you read his ideas you feel that he really must have had a ball of a time writing this book.
If I had come across this book ten or twenty years ago I would have read it several times and given it 10 stars. This book could easily have become my "bible" for, say, a couple of years. In the meantime, however, I have stopped searching for answers to all these fascinating questions. As a consequence, to me these questions are no longer what they used to be. They are no longer quite as important as they used to be, they are just questions that may or may not find an answer after my departure from this world.
There will be readers who love this book and read it several time and there will be readers who are wondering what it is all about, but even they, I think, will be able to appreciate the depth of philosophical thinking in this novel. That in itself deserves 5 stars. And then there is the love story! The love story that forms part of this book is timeless, original and absolutely splendid. I do recommend this book without hesitation, but please do not approach this book with any particular expectations. Just read it and follow the flow and you will be rewarded and amazed.
Delusions — Pragmatic Realism
on Dec. 13, 2012
Every now and then you come across a book you wished you had read years ago. "DELUSIONS - Pragmatic Realism" is one of these books. It tackles the biggest philosophical, religious and scientific issues head on. And when I say the biggest, I do mean the BIGGEST: What is reality? 99.99etc99% of my body, of the chair I am sitting on of the planet I call home is empty space. What does that make me? Empty space? There are a few possible answers to that question. I won't give them away. Is there a God? And if there is a God what might this God look like? Can you trust science? Did it REALLY all start with a Big Bang? Can religion provide answers? These are the topics the author of this book writes about. At the same time this book could be called a letter to a famous atheist. (I would love to read the atheist's reply.)
When you read this book you can feel that every thought, idea and piece of knowledge you encounter just had to come out of the author's ... well, head, I guess. (I hesitated. Just now the question occurred to me: how can a book come out of 99.99etc99% of emptiness? - Never mind. The book can explain this.) It would not surprise me if it didn't take the author more than a few months to write it. Accordingly, sometimes the book is a little bit all over the place: jumping from one thought to the next and then back again. This was okay with me. It made for very entertaining reading. This is not a boring textbook. Apart from the many, many interesting facts it presents, it is humorous, witty, at times sarcastic and always thought-provoking. I liked it very much and highly recommend it.
PS: Maybe the 99.99etc99% emptiness is the "solid" staff and we just can't see it? A delusion and illusion...
Olympus — Of Gods and Men [Aquarius Trilogy Book 3]
on Oct. 30, 2014
This novel plays in the future, but is it science fiction? Yes and No. Embedded in the plot are fascinating philosophical topics. If there were a genre called philosophical science fiction, that's where it probably would fit in nicely.
Stan I.S. Law, whose real name is Stanislaw Kapuscinski, is a deep thinker. He has written thirty books, give or take a few. I have read quite a few of them. They have all been fascinating. They are not necessarily easy books. However, for readers who have an interest in philosophical and esoteric topics, dealing with questions such as, "What is reality?" and "Is there life after death?", reading this novel will be hugely enjoyable. Parts of this book reminded me of topics the author also addressed in another five star novel, “Gift of Gamman”.
For me, this book is a page-turner. I enjoyed the philosophical and intellectual complexities and speculations that are embedded in the plot. "OLYMPUS - Of Gods and Men" is a thought-provoking novel. The protagonists are friendly people. I would like to meet them, especially Ambrosia. I give this novel top marks and recommend it to people who are willing to step outside the square, so to say, and allow themselves to be fascinated by the "impossible possibilities" that may be hidden just beneath the surface of our existence.
This novel is book number three in a trilogy. For readers who have never read anything by Stan I.S. Law, I recommend that they start with book number one, “WALL - Love, Sex and Immortality”.
The Gate - Things my Mother told me.
on April 11, 2015
I’ve read several novels by Stan I.S. Law, aka Stanislaw Kapuscinski. They all, without exception, deserved five stars. This one, however, deserves more – FIVE PLUS. I can’t recall that I’ve read in recent years a book that had a greater impact on me. For a start, the book reads like a biography about the last years of the author’s parents. I don’t know to what extent this may or may not be the case. If it is the case, even only to some extent, I have to admit I envy the author for the family environment in which he grew up. This would have been an environment dominated by love, by a deep sense of mutual acceptance and by stimulating conversations of an intellectual, philosophical and spiritual nature.
As we read this novel we experience initially in an honest and unsentimental way the journey of a man in his nineties towards his end. He suffers from Alzheimer’s. On reflection, he does not actually “suffer”. He lives with Alzheimer’s, which is not the same as “suffer”. The old man and his ten year younger wife, Mrs. Kordos, spend their remaining years in the Institute of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mrs. Kordos is around eighty at the beginning of the novel. She is also the mother of the first person narrator of the novel. His name is Steven. Apart from the people already mentioned, there are another three central characters in “The Gate – Things My Mother Told Me”. They are a female nurse, a male nurse and a retired priest. Other interesting characters in the novel, albeit playing minor rolls, are the narrator’s younger wife and his brother.
Throughout the novel, the real protagonist is Mrs. Kordos. Apart from brief flashbacks to her youth, we get to know her at around the age of eighty and accompany her on her final journey through life.
What a woman! She is a highly intelligent and deeply religious lady. Her son Steven, a man of brilliant intelligence, is a very spiritual man. To him to find answers to questions about life, death, life after death, free will and other deeply philosophical topics, he rejects the Catholic teachings. He knows The Bible from cover to cover, but he is also very familiar with the famous books of the other great religions. His interpretations of the truth contained in these books, in comparison to his mother’s understanding of the truth as taught by the Catholic Church, forms an enormously fascinating and ongoing part of the novel’s narrative. There is a lot of subtle humor sprinkled into these philosophical discursions. They are presented in a down to earth manner and they are made even more interesting – more mysterious, one could say – by the input provided by the above mentioned male nurse, Raphael.
The second half of the novel deals increasingly with the topic of death and dying. We go together with the narrator’s mother on her final journey. Again, in an unsentimental and often humorous way, interspersed with intelligent wittiness, we identify ourselves with an unforgettable lady in her nineties for who the problem is not dying, her real problem is that she is still alive, when really she thinks she should be dead. Her reflections in this context – discussions with her God, I am inclined to say – are of such a deeply moving nature, I can’t imagine that I will ever forget them.
But please don’t think I gave away too much of the story. There is so much more going on. What I told you above is just the framework. The events between one of the nurses and the retired priest are full of suspense and just brilliant. They reveal so much about our human nature and conditioning, you can’t help but reflect on it in the context of your own life.
I wish I could come across more books of the nature and quality of “The Gate – Things My Mother Told Me”. This is a novel I highly recommend, a book that deserves to be read by millions of people. (Reviewed by Fred Schäfer, author, and posted by his literary double, Johann David Renner.)