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Stones from the River Paperback – March 1, 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
How wrong I was, becuase it is not Trudi's life that grabs you, it is the world she is living in - the horror of Germany between the wars. It is difficult to find words to describe how that world changes, with the rise of Adolf Hitler, and the slow and deliberate persecution of the Jews, and the terror of ordinary citizens who barely dared to question what was hapening to their lives. The story becomes shocking, unimaginable and utterly compelling. I also think that it is something that everyone should read, and I like my friend, will recommend it to everyone.
It is not an easy story to read, and Trudi, the main character is spiky and independent - not always easy to identify with. But is an important book because it also chronicles the life of everyday Germans who were caught up in unspeakable times, and it is with these characters that our sympathies lie.
I am pleased that I took my friend's recommendation. Again, not an easy read, but a picture of history that cannot be ignored. It is a truly compelling and magnificent novel.
Though a circus dwarf once comforts her by describing a fantasyland filled with gold and jewels, where everyone is a zwerg, Trudi finds that real life is not so magical. She is physically and emotionally assaulted, and, as a teenager, watches in horror as the Nazis come to power and assault and later "deport" her Jewish friends, who are now considered "different." Trudi's experience of her own "otherness" makes her a sympathetic friend and active supporter of the local Jews, and Hegi evokes great power by connecting the overwhelming Nazi horrors with the life of one small person in one small community. Through Trudi, Burgdorf's citizens come alive--those who befriend her and those who reject her, those who support her efforts to help the Jews and those who don't, and those who pity her and those who are inspired by her.
Throughout the novel, Hegi shows the power of storytelling to influence lives. Trudi works in her father's pay-library, and she is the community's best known storyteller, creating entertaining and lively stories that teach lessons, especially during the war years. But Trudi is no Pollyanna--she also uses her storytelling as a weapon against those who offend her, wreaking her own brand of personal vengeance. As the novel evolves, her childhood companions come and go.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well written Interesting story Would have given it 5 stars but the ending was a little weak It just ended . Period.Published 16 days ago by Sue1130
Tackled the theme about how dangerous and threatening people in Germany and in Burgdorf was, particularly before and during WWII from the perspective of a woman who grew up as a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymous
I loved this book 10 years ago and loved it again reading it off my Kindle. Ursula Hegi is an articulate, thoughtful writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by KathyA
.. Although I love historical fiction, I cannot say I loved this book. I found the story to drag on unnecessarily and the main character repeated the same talking points... Read morePublished 2 months ago by colleen keeshan
Stones from the River is a historical fiction novel set in the town of Burgdorf, Germany. Written by German author Ursula Hegi, the book follows Trudi Montag through her aging and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael J. Gunson
It may seem a bit odd to have the main character be a dwarf girl and then follow her through the twists and turns of her unusual personal life from World War I into the fifties;... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lou Erb