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Children and Fire - A Novel

Ursula Hegi

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Though more than fifteen years have passed since Ursula Hegi's Stones from the River captivated critics and readers alike, it retains its popularity, is on academic reading lists, and continues to be adopted by book groups. Also set in Burgdorf, Germany, Hegi's Children and Fire tells the story of a single day that will forever transform the lives of the townspeople. At the core of this remarkable novel is the question of how one teacher-gifted and joyful, passionate and inventive-can become seduced by propaganda during the early months of Hitler's regime and encourage her ten-year-old students to join the "Hitler-Jugend" with its hikes and songs and bonfires. Membership, she believes, will be a step toward better schools, better apprenticeships. How can a woman we admire choose a direction we don't admire? So much has changed for the teacher, Thekla Jansen, and the people of Burgdorf in the year since the parliament building burned. Thekla's lover, Emil Hesping, is sure the Nazis did it to frame the communists. But Thekla believes what she hears on the radio, that the communists set the fire, and she's willing to relinquish some of her freedoms to keep her teaching position. She has always taken her moral courage for granted, but when each silent agreement chips away at that courage, she knows she must reclaim it. Hegi funnels pivotal moments in history through the experiences of individual characters: Thekla's mother, who works as a housekeeper for a Jewish family; her employers, Michel and Ilse Abramowitz; Thekla's mentally ill father; Trudi Montag and her father, Leo Montag; Fräulein Siderova, midwife to the dying; and the students who adore their young teacher. As Hegi writes along that edge where sorrow and bliss meet, she shows us how one society-educated, cultural, compassionate-can slip into a reality that's fabricated by propaganda and controlled by fear, how a surge of national unity can be manipulated into the dehumanization of a perceived enemy and the justification of torture and murder. Gorgeou

Language:

English

Length:

7h 30m


Chapters

Free Sample

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:25


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

16:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:45


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:28


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:59


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

13:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:27


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

14:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:09


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:32


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:45


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

11:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

18:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

12:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

10:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:32


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

12:39