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The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue 1400096537 9781400096534
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The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue

Come away, O human child! To the waters and the wild With a faery, hand in hand, For the worlds more full of weeping than you can understand Inspired by the W.B. Yeats poem that tempts a child from home to the waters and the wild, THE STOLEN CHILD is a modern fairy tale narrated by the child Henry Day and his double. On a summer night, Henry Day runs away from home and hides in a hollow tree. There he is taken by the changelingsan unaging tribe of wild children who live in darkness and in secret. They spirit him away, name him Aniday, and make him one of their own. Stuck forever as a child, Aniday grows in spirit, struggling to remember the life and family he left behind. He also seeks to understand and fit in this shadow land, as modern life encroaches upon both myth and nature. In his place, the changelings leave a double, a boy who steals Henrys life in the world. This new Henry Day must adjust to a modern culture while hiding his true identity from the Day family. But he cant hide his extraordinary talent for the piano (a skill the true Henry never displayed), and his dazzling performances prompt his father to suspect that the son he has raised is an imposter. As he ages the new Henry Day becomes haunted by vague but persistent memories of life in another time and place, of a German piano teacher and his prodigy. Of a time when he, too, had been a stolen child. Both Henry and Aniday obsessively search for who they once were before they changed places in the world. The Stolen Childis a classic tale of leaving childhood and the search for identity. With just the right mix of fantasy and realism, Keith Donohue has created a bedtime story for adults and a literary fable of remarkable depth and strange delights.

Author: Keith Donohue

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 2007-05-08

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ISBN: 1400096537


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