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The Stolen Child - Keith Donohue
The Stolen Child
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“I am a changeling–a word that describes within its own name what we are bound and intended to do. We kidnap a human child and replace him or her with one of our own. . . .”The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live... show more
“I am a changeling–a word that describes within its own name what we are bound and intended to do. We kidnap a human child and replace him or her with one of our own. . . .”The double story of Henry Day begins in 1949, when he is kidnapped at age seven by a band of wild childlike beings who live in an ancient, secret community in the forest. The changelings rename their captive Aniday and he becomes, like them, unaging and stuck in time. They leave one of their own to take his place, an imposter who must try–with varying success–to hide his true identity from the Day family. As the changeling Henry grows up, he is haunted by glimpses of his lost double and by vague memories of his own childhood a century earlier. Narrated in turns by Henry and Aniday, The Stolen Child follows them as their lives converge, driven by their obsessive search for who they were before they changed places in the world. Moving from a realistic setting in small-town America deep into the forest of humankind’s most basic desires and fears, this remarkable novel is a haunting fable about identity and the illusory innocence of childhood.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781400096534 (1400096537)
ASIN: 1400096537
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 321
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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