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Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi
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Oct 05, 11

Read in October, 2011

When I initially read about this book I was very excited to pick this one up, as this subject matter is of interest to me. However...this book isn't very long and yet I am not even halfway through after nearly a week. The narrative just isn't grabbing me at all, the story feels all over the place and at times I am unsure of which story line I am being tossed into as there are several things going on at once with no notice. I will continue reading and try to pull something positive out of this book, as I try to do with every story an author has taken the time to craft.

I have since finished reading Children and Fire. In all fairness the last 50 pages or so are actually a very good story and I wish more of that type of storytelling had been used in the entire book.

One of the things that detracted from the flow was the use of German dialect which in some cases was immediately followed by the English translation or in cases where I believe the relevance of what was being written was important to the emotion and situation (usually when Thelka was referencing poetry) there was no translation. Being an English reader and speaker, taking the effort to pronounce the German words in my head slowed down the story, made transitioning difficult. In my opinion, I wish most of the German had simply been left out and only the English used.



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