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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Out of the Fog: A Hungarian Baptist's Personal Memoir of Immigration, Conversion, and Success in America is a work of non-fiction written in an autobiographical style, and was penned by author Edwin Lucas Kautz. Following the fascinating life story and cultural adjustments of the work’s author, this incredible life story begins with Edwin and his huge family of siblings in 1891 in Budapest. When Edwin’s mother Rosa makes the move to America to provide a better life for her family, Edwin travels solo on a steamship at age twelve to join her. So begins a life of enduring racism, rising above it, and practicing Baptist Christianity as one man strives to develop a new patriotism for his new homeland.
Author Edwin Lucas Kautz and editor Scott Alan Marshall combine their skills to provide a really captivating historical and intrinsically human read in this excellent autobiography. We as readers really feel for young Edwin as he goes through such a sharp shock of adjustment in his new country, and the narrative development as he journeys from boy to man is really engrossing to engage with. Kautz draws readers in with his determination and his unique take on Christian values, which drive him forward into his new life and help him to overcome many crises along the way. What results is an excellent and emotive life story that many people will find eye-opening and interesting. I would certainly recommend Out of the Fog to readers who are fans of true-life stories of adversity and triumph.