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Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi
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Sep 10, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: jews, historical-fiction, read2009
Recommended to Rebecca by: Natalia

Just the utter craft that went into the book! Hegi takes on so much. It's sort of quietly stunning how completely she draws Trudi and her quirky village and life in Germany and the strength of women and the moral character of humanity during wartime.

My personal pet peeve was the magical realism. I never buy into it and that meant I was totally let down by the very last few pages. More importantly, I felt like it distracted from Trudi's struggle to find her own worth. WHY does her dwarfism have to go hand in hand with some other worldly ability? The fairy tale association is why she disliked the term zwerg/dwarf so much in the first place. Blah.

But the unknown benefactor! So excellent. Where can we get one of those around here?

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Reading Progress

September 10, 2008 – Shelved
February 11, 2009 – Shelved as: jews
February 11, 2009 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
February 11, 2009 –
page 247
February 16, 2009 –
page 469
Started Reading
February 18, 2009 – Finished Reading
February 23, 2009 – Shelved as: read2009

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message 1: by Inder (new)

Inder I really loved this too. Enjoy!

Mexiliterate TOP 5!!!!

Mexiliterate Order of to read for recommendations from me:

la perdida (we should find ecuador-john on here and send him this one)
shadow of the wind

Rebecca I just sold this book based on your recommendations, ladies. But now I need a copy!

Mexiliterate i just bought it for my mom! based on my recommendation... to you...

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