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Kate Keller, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Kate Keller)
Really liked this book. It was fantasy but based in the modern world. Great cast of characters, especially the 2 main protagonists. Great read.
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radthomas, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by radthomas)
I came across this book from a Powell's daily email. As some books take a few chapters to get to the meat of a book, this one did not. I was captivated from the start. I have not let this one go from my library of books just yet.
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andrea West Linn, June 18, 2010 (view all comments by andrea West Linn)
I do not usually enjoy books dealing with the fantasy world, however, Donohue had me riveted from the first page.
The alternating stories of two boys' lives, one boy replaced by the life of a forest fairy boy, make for an
intriguing, absorbing story. The lives of both boys seem destined to intertwine at any moment, but it isn't
until the very end that their worlds collide. It is beautifully written and contains some memorable and poignant
comments on life.
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Scot, May 24, 2010 (view all comments by Scot)
I picked the book up recently and began reading it with some skepticism. By the end of the first few paragraphs, I fell in, became engrossed, my attention riveted to page after page until I finally finished reading, closed the book, looked up, and realized that I'd finished it in a matter of hours. I'm a slow reader, but I flew through The Stolen Child.

The story is tender and sad, speaking directly to the angst so many of us feel about the world and the pace at which it is changing, and about ourselves and where or whether we fit into this fast changing context. There's intrigue, action and adventure - all ingredients of a good story as far as I'm concerned. I'm not real big on quiet meditations into the psyches of the characters I read. I want to come to know them through the things they do and I was not let down here.

Donohue's writing is lovely, sweetened by a kind heart and bright imagination. There's a lot of sadness here, too. I know I said it before, but it bears repeating. The story drips with grief over the cruelty of humankind and of the damaging affects of ego on ourselves, the people around us, and the world we live in.

It's heartbreaking, but it ends on the dearest, purest note. All of the sadness is not for nothing. Hang in there and give it a read.
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Belladonna1820, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Belladonna1820)
Surprisingly the best book I've read in years, seeing it's fantasy; a genre I rarely read. I absolutely loved it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096534
Author:
Donohue, Keith
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 8, 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.08x5.19x.73 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Anchor Books - English 9781400096534 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Quite often important books are marginalized by obtuse prejudice, and I hope this will not be the fate of Keith Donohue's utterly absorbing The Stolen Child....On the surface, Donohue may seem to have written a clever debut novel about fairies. But the real triumph of the book is that, while our backs were turned, he has performed a switch and delivered a luminous and thrilling novel about our humanity." (read the entire Washington Post Book World review)
"Review" by , "A wonderful, fantasy-laden debut...so spare and unsentimental that it's impossible not to be moved."
"Review" by , "Graced with telling period touches...the novel resurrects an America that now seems as exotic as Middle Earth....Donohue's sparkling debut especially delights because, by surrounding his fantasy with real-world, humdrum detail, he makes magic believable."
"Review" by , "An ingenious, spirited allegory for adolescent angst, aging, the purpose of art, etc., that digs deep. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Donohue paints a vivid picture of American life from the 1950s into the 1970s and the pressures on a boy who, in addition to not being entirely human, is growing up in the Vietnam War era, when attitudes toward sex, drugs and patriotism were undergoing a sea change."
"Review" by , "Despite the fantastic element, Donohue anchors the book in a mid-century America that feels specific and real. A haunting, unusual first novel..."
"Review" by , "Told in alternating stories, the voices of the young boy and the changeling provide vivid contrasts. Donohue is masterful at evoking time and place, and The Stolen Child will resonate with anyone who longs for their youth."
"Review" by , "Enchanting....Donohue seamlessly blends the fantastical and the real here, with a matter-of-fact approach to the magic that exists on the edges of everyday life. This is a mysterious journey told in lyrical prose."
"Review" by , "The book gains unexpected force as the plots converge...it culminates in a torrent of emotion."
"Review" by , "The Stolen Child is unsentimental and vividly imagined. Keith Donohue evokes the otherworldly with humor and the ordinary with wonder. I enjoyed it immensely."
"Review" by , "The Stolen Child is a truly remarkable work on the ancient legend of the changeling. Keith Donohue's poignant take on the myth, rooting it in our time, and telling it from the alternating viewpoints of the two changelings, makes for one of the most touching and absorbing novels I have read in years."
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