The Wish Child

The Wish Child

Book - 2018
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Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Sieglinde lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ("promise", "love", "mercy") from books. Erich is an only child living a lush rural life near Leipzig, tending beehives, aware that he is shadowed by strange, unanswered questions. Drawn together as Germany's hope for a glorious future begins to collapse, the children find temporary refuge in an abandoned theater amid the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Sieglinde and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives. Watching over them is the wish child, the enigmatic narrator of their story. He sees what they see, he feels what they feel, yet his is a voice that comes from deep inside the ruins of a nation's dream.
Publisher: Berkeley, California : Counterpoint, 2018.
Edition: First Counterpoint hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781640090972
Branch Call Number: F CHIDGEY
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 14, 2017

An excellent read which adds significantly to yet another aspect of the underlying evils of Nazism, dealing as it does with eugenics and child euthanasia. I was strongly reminded of Sarah Cohen- Scali's Max which I read last year.

Mar 24, 2017

An excellent read,highly recommended!


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