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The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
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Mar 27, 2009

really liked it
Read in March, 2009

This book is great for anyone who is fascinated by changelings or holds fairy tales in high regard. The writing style is more "telling" than "showing," which may make the reader feel as if he is trapped in the minds of the characters. This isn't so bad with the changeling character of Anaday because his life is more adventurous and unknown to humans, but this approach falls flat with the character of Henry Day. The chapters in his voice are somewhat boring with the constant self-reflection and secret-keeping. I was impressed with Donahue's ability to keep from being repetive when he describes a scene in both the point of view of Anaday and of Henry Day. Each character experiences the scenes in such different ways that it was impossible to feel bored by the repeat of the event details. What's amazing is that the changeling world seems as if it's taking place in a different time and a far off location even though these "children" are really just in the woods not far from human contact.

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