The Wish Child

The Wish Child

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Germany, 1939. Two children watch as their parents become immersed in the puzzling mechanisms of power. Siggi lives in the affluent ignorance of middle-class Berlin, her father a censor who excises prohibited words ('promise', 'love', 'mercy'). Erich is an only child living a lush rural life, 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 theatre amidst the rubble of Berlin. Outside, white bedsheets hang from windows; all over the city people are talking of surrender. The days Siggi and Erich spend together will shape the rest of their lives.

Watching over Siggi and Erich is the wish child, the mysterious 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 wreckage of a nation's dream.

Publisher: London, England : Chatto & Windus, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781784741105
Characteristics: 383 pages ;,23 cm.

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jazpur
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.

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murray4
Mar 24, 2017

An excellent read,highly recommended!

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