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The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue
The Stolen Child
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Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem that tempts a child from home to the waters and the wild, The Stolen Child is a modern fairy tale narrated by the child Henry Day and his double.On a summer night, Henry Day runs away from home and hides in a hollow tree. There he is taken by the changelings—an... show more
Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem that tempts a child from home to the waters and the wild, The Stolen Child is a modern fairy tale narrated by the child Henry Day and his double.On a summer night, Henry Day runs away from home and hides in a hollow tree. There he is taken by the changelings—an unaging tribe of wild children who live in darkness and in secret. They spirit him away, name him Aniday, and make him one of their own. Stuck forever as a child, Aniday grows in spirit, struggling to remember the life and family he left behind. He also seeks to understand and fit in this shadow land, as modern life encroaches upon both myth and nature.In his place, the changelings leave a double, a boy who steals Henry’s life in the world. This new Henry Day must adjust to a modern culture while hiding his true identity from the Day family. But he can’t hide his extraordinary talent for the piano (a skill the true Henry never displayed), and his dazzling performances prompt his father to suspect that the son he has raised is an imposter. As he ages the new Henry Day becomes haunted by vague but persistent memories of life in another time and place, of a German piano teacher and his prodigy. Of a time when he, too, had been a stolen child. Both Henry and Aniday obsessively search for who they once were before they changed places in the world.The Stolen Child is a classic tale of leaving childhood and the search for identity. With just the right mix of fantasy and realism, Keith Donohue has created a bedtime story for adults and a literary fable of remarkable depth and strange delights.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385516167 (0385516169)
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Pages no: 327
Edition language: English
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LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.0 The Stolen Child: A Novel
A beautiful book, well written and well thought out. Inspired by Yeats's poem of the same name. Sad, mysterious and utterly engaging, the book is not only a great story, but a meditation on loneliness, longing and belonging. Recommended.
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.0 The Stolen Child: A Novel
A beautiful book, well written and well thought out. Inspired by Yeats's poem of the same name. Sad, mysterious and utterly engaging, the book is not only a great story, but a meditation on loneliness, longing and belonging. Recommended.
Kiwiria
Kiwiria rated it
3.0 The Stolen Child: A Novel
I've had this standing on my tbr-shelves for ages, and finally got around to reading it. Unfortunately it wasn't quite as good as I had expected, although still good enough to hold my attention nicely the few days it took me to finish it.The book is really two intertwining stories, with every second...
cczarneckikernus
cczarneckikernus rated it
1.0 The Stolen Child
boring
Ravings of a Book Junkie
Ravings of a Book Junkie rated it
5.0 The Stolen Child
Intriguing twist on the world of fantasy. I was totally engrossed in this book from page one. The narrator switch from hobgoblin/child to child/hobgoblin was a delight to me, I loved hearing the different viewpoints of their parallel yet wildly differing worlds especially along the points where they...
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