Title: Wish Child, The
Authors: Chidgey, Catherine
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 382
Year: 2016
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Language: English
Description: The Heilmanns in Berlin and the Kronings tending their land near Leipzig, two loyal families working hard and accepting the Fuhrer's assurances of eventual victory. It is through their respective children, Sieglinde and Erich that the domestic detail of life under the Third Reich is revealed, innocent eyes capturing the ascent of a dream and the failure of a monstrous regime.

Poignant and insightful, this is a remarkable story, aided by its mysterious narrator, revealing ordinary citizens believing until they could no longer. and asking the question - why did no-one ask questions?
Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, War theme, Historical, Morals/Ethics, Political, Relationships, Tragedy/disaster, 2019 Titles


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By: WAIKA 011 2019-05-30 13:32:58
Provoked a lot of discussion. All thought it was an extremely clever book.

By: AUCK 224 2019-05-30 13:31:36
It is a great book - such high literary value. The notes too, especially the inclusion of the author interview. Fascinating study of families within and embedded in the Nazi ethos. Bit of uncertainty re the narrator but all resolved satisfactorily.

By: FEILD 001 2019-05-30 13:27:11
This story was brilliant. It was such a clever depiction of the insidious way in which ordinary law abiding people were manipulated into becoming wilfully ignorant citizens... This was a very different story of World War II. Excellent notes!

By: WELL 041 2019-05-30 13:23:23
What a clever book. We all thought it very good. Some found it a challenge to start with, but persevered and found it amazing.

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