Stones from the River
Stones from the River is a daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Germany. It is set in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951. The protagonist is Trudi Montag, a Zwerg -- the German word for dwarf woman. As a dwarf she is set apart, the outsider whose physical... show more
Stones from the River is a daring, dramatic and complex novel of life in Germany. It is set in Burgdorf, a small fictional German town, between 1915 and 1951. The protagonist is Trudi Montag, a Zwerg -- the German word for dwarf woman. As a dwarf she is set apart, the outsider whose physical "otherness" has a corollary in her refusal to be a part of Burgdorf's silent complicity during and after World War II. Trudi establishes her status and power, not through beauty, marriage, or motherhood, but rather as the town's librarian and relentless collector of stories. Through Trudi's unblinking eyes, we witness the growing impact of Nazism on the ordinary townsfolk of Burgdorf as they are thrust on to a larger moral stage and forced to make choices that will forever mark their lives. Stones from the River is a story of secrets, parceled out masterfully by Trudi -- and by Ursula Hegi -- as they reveal the truth about living through unspeakable times.
Publish date: March 1st 1995
Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction
Pages no: 525
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
Series: Burgdorf Cycle (#1)
This book about WWII Germany has a dwarf named Trudi as the main character. It takes great skill to write something fresh about Nazi Germany and to avoid caricature or triteness when you choose to make your main character so obviously different from everyone else. Hegi manages it all marvelously. Af...
Trudi is a dwarf living n Germany during the Nazi Occupation. She and her father are among those who help the Jews to escape. It's a small town and many of the townspeople embrace Nazi beliefs. Trudi falls in love, but it is not reciprocated because the man cannot believe he has feelings for a dwarf...
OK, yesterday I finished the book....... and I am having a very hard time choosing the stars and knowing what to say! Yes it is a very, very good book, BUT STILL it only received 4 rather then 5 stars. The positive first! The book is speckled with marvelous lines that get you thinking. For example -...
This book got a lot of good press, and, living in Germany, I thought I'd like it, but personally I found it poorly written and found the end too pat.