The Stolen Child

The Stolen Child✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Stolen Child By Keith Donohue ⚣ – Inspired by the WB 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 doubleOn a summer night Henry Day Inspired by the WB 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 doubleOn a summer night Henry Day runs away from home The Stolen ePUB ✓ and hides in a hollow tree There he is taken by the changelings—an 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 natureIn his place the changelings leave a double a boy who steals Henry’s 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 can’t 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 worldThe Stolen Child is 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.

Keith Donohue is an American novelist Born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania he earned his BA and MA from Duuesne University and his PhD in English from The Catholic University of AmericaCurrently he is Director of Communications for the National Historical Publications and Records The Stolen ePUB ✓ Commission the grant making arm of the U S National Archives in Washington DC Until he worke.

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  • Hardcover
  • 327 pages
  • The Stolen Child
  • Keith Donohue
  • English
  • 14 February 2015
  • 9780385516167

10 thoughts on “The Stolen Child

  1. Debra says:

    Ever read a book which just stays with you and you think about from time to time? This is that sort of book for me I read this book when it first came out and was fascinated by the premise A young boy Henry Day runs away from home and is stolen by changelings The changelings ie fairieshobgoblins were once human children themselves They were stolen then forced to live in the wild in a family like pack until they can find a human child and switch places with them The Changelings change Henry's name to Aniday as one of their own takes Henry's place with his human family Aniday is now forever a child who grows mentally but struggles to remember his family and what it was like to be human He makes attempts to fit into his new worldHenryAniday's double is now in the human world and must adjust to living with humans while hiding his identity He draws suspicion when he exhibits great skill at playing the piano something the human Henry never showed aptitude for His father begins to suspect something is not uite right with his son This changeling child as he grows begins to remember when he was a young child and had a piano teacher A time when he was human before he was stolen and made a changeling Both Henry and Aniday try to find each other to find who they once were before they both were changedThis story has chapters dedicated to both characters in this book describing their struggles their attempts to assimilate to their current living environment and their attempts at beingstaying human The writing is haunting and atmospheric This was a very nicely done debut novel This book is fantasy which typically is not my first choice of books but I found this book strangely compelling This felt like a blending of fantasy meets myth meets folklore meets Grimm fairy tale It was oddly interesting and I can't uite figure out what I liked so much about it except to say that I loved how uniue the story was See of my reviews at wwwopenbookpostcom

  2. Tung says:

    I don’t disguise that I’m a big geek especially when science fiction is concerned My Star Wars and Lord of the Rings and Spiderman and X Men and Batman and movie obsessions attest to my geekiness So it is no surprise to anyone that I spent two or three years as a teenager reading only fantasy fiction I literally read every fantasy fiction book our local library had on its shelves It happens to be why the Harry Potter series drives me to the brink of rage people think those awful excuses for fantasy fiction stand up to the classics of Tolkien Le Guin Eddings Donaldson and all the others I spent countless hours devouring It has been years since a book made me feel like a child again The Stolen Child is such a book – and not because its fantasy setting brought back feelings of nostalgia but because for the first time in I don’t know how long I had a book in my hand I didn’t want to put down and whose plot drew me in so completely finishing the book was both the first and last thing I wanted to do The book’s basic storyline is based on the mythology of the changeling a breed of fairies that steal children and replace them with a changeling that looks exactly like the child and that grows up in its place The stolen child hence the title becomes a changeling himself and waits his time to return to the real world in the form of another child This uniue premise sets up a narrative that swaps back and forth between a changeling Henry Day and the stolen child whose identity he stole and who now must grow up as a changeling Aniday The switching narratives allow the author to present different perspectives on the same event as Henry’s and Aniday’s lives crisscross each other in ways that will surprise you The simple prose is beautiful and spare in ways that break your heart and that keeps you reading until you finish it a day later There is an underlying melancholy throughout the book as you feel the struggle that Henry the changeling has in living a life not his own and that Aniday has in living a new life while struggling to remember the one he lost There are many themes at play here – the fleeting nature of memory nature vs nurture growing up and leaving childhood the truth of identity – and the author’s prose and story drive the themes into your subconscious without taking any time to expound on them leaving the story to linger with you days after you complete it In fact I read this book twice in three days and still keep thumbing through it to reread my favorites scenes Do not let the fantasy plot prevent you from picking this one up Other than the changeling mythology the rest of the book is completely rooted in reality; the fantasy plot is no less approachable a storyline than the mystical powers of the characters in Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children This book is one of my favorites of the last few years – an elegant and touching fairy tale for adults I think it’s simply lovely

  3. Nancy says:

    The Stolen Child is a wonderful first novel told from the perspective of Henry Day who was kidnapped by changelings as a child and from the changeling who kidnapped Henry The ancient changeling legend is woven into this very modern story and as the book progresses the lives of Henry Day and the changeling who assumed his life gradually become intertwined More than a fairy tale this is a story about loss loneliness love and finally acceptance Highly recommended

  4. Heidi The Reader says:

    If you must give me a name call me hobgoblin Or better yet I am a changeling a word that describes within its own name what we are bound and intended to do We kidnap a human child and replace him or her with one of our own pg 7 ebook The Stolen Child is the story of a changeling and the boy whose place he took Henry DayThe chapters alternate between the real Henry Day and the false Henry Day It is a captivating story about magic family and belonging This is my confession too long delayed which I have been afraid to make and only now reveal because of the passing dangers to my own son We change I have changedIt also addresses the issues of the modern world and how technology and humanity has driven nature into cornersThe changelings are basically immortal children but they can die through accidents who live in the woods until their turn comes to rejoin the human world Years before they were all ripped from their families and made a part of the same group their replacement just desertedTheir world is brutal cold and always on the verge of collapse One of their only rules is they don't discuss a new changeling's prior life during his new oneThe adjustment period from human to changeling is difficult enough without keeping the memories alive through the long years of their unchanging childhoodBut things aren't much easier on the changelings who take the child's place If they are discovered in the past the changelings have been killed or their family members have gone mad from the strainThey must carry a secret with them for the rest of their lives It is as a lonely an existence as the changeling group separated from humanity in the forestI enjoyed this story Keith Donohue has a way with making the fantastical seem real and the miraculous into the mundaneBut that ending It didn't complete the excellent characters and storyline Donohue had constructed in my mindRecommended for those who like to read modern fairy tales Just don't expect a life changing finale

  5. Amanda says:

    Feeling ignored and tired of his infant twin sisters getting all of the attention young Henry Day decided to run away one day in the 1940's Henry never returned home; in fact he ceased to exist but no one noticed Why? Henry was abducted by the hobgoblins who lived in the nearby forest and a changeling was left in his place a changeling who had been studying everything about Henry and knew how to mimic him so perfectly that no one could tell the difference The Stolen Child follows the boy and the changeling for the next 30 to 40 years and tells their story in alternating first person narratives that in the beginning are a little confusing but rightly so as both children are confused about their identities as they each adapt to their new world Their lives run parallel to one another and occasionally intersect to disastrous results A friend of mine described this book as melancholy and I think that's the perfect adjective to sum up my feelings after reading this book For one the changelings are not villains They are all children who had their lives stolen from them and are now biding their time until they can reclaim what was forcefully and brutally taken from them As a result I feel sorry for both Aniday the name given to Henry after he becomes one of the changelings and Gustav the changeling who takes Henry's place Often in a fantasy you get the joy of hating the evil doer or the monster lurking in the dark but here the evil is something nebulous and never clearly defined I think this is partially due to the allegorical nature of the plot In a sense life is the monster in that it's a force of nature that can't be stopped or reasoned with For each of us our childhood must eventually end and as children we often can't wait to grow up and find out who and what we'll be To do so we have to cut ourselves away from the child we were so that we can embrace the adult we'll become We leave a changeling a collection of memories childish desires and emotions that revisit us throughout our lives but the child version of ourselves is like a stranger we once knew Also as we get older many of us look back on the innocence of childhood with a sense of nostalgia and think if only upon occasion if only I could go back or wouldn't it be great to be a child forever? The answer provided by Donohue is no; that the romantic view of childhood is just that the tinge of rose colored glasses The changelings are not The Wild Boys; sure they are given to fun frivolity and mischief but theirs is not a life to be envied It is a constant struggle for survival against the harsh elements and the encroachment of man as civilization and suburbia threaten the wilderness where they are able to secret themselves away They long to grow up and are trapped in tiny bodies while their emotional and mental maturity continues unimpeded They wait and they yearn and they think about all they will never have and all they will never beIn presenting the changeling myth for modern times Donohue has given us a haunting and beautiful examination of childhood and the search for identity And he has done so in humanity’s most enduring medium that of myth Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder and at Shelf Inflicted

  6. J.K. Grice says:

    This is a superb dark fantasy from Keith Donohue Wonderful characters and a magical story await you in these pages Great Britain has Graham Joyce and our version is the brilliant Keith Donohue I highly recommend THE STOLEN CHILD

  7. Brooke says:

    The Stolen Child which takes its name and inspiration from the Yeats poem tells the story of two characters Aniday is a human child who is stolen by changelings and lives in their world and Henry Day is the changeling who takes his place and grows up in the real world Both spend the next few decades struggling with their identities as neither is at peace with the changeThe format is interesting; every other chapter flips between the two narrators Both speak in the first person but it is easy to grasp whose story is being told at the moment In case there is any confusion Aniday's side always has a small graphic of a forest at the beginning of the chapterAlthough I finished reading this about a month ago it took me a long time to decide how I felt about it com promoted the hell out of it supposedly on its merits rather than monetary incentives from the publisher and professional reviews were hailing it as one of the best books of the year but it left me a little cold This is probably because most of the characters spend the majority of the story being so unhappy and conflicted The resolution helps them find some peace but it's definitely not the Feel Good Story of the YearAs I was browsing through com reviews after finishing it I noticed that one of the bigger complaints was that it doesn't explain about how the changelings turned into humans why they exist where the first changelings came from etc I thought the level of explanation in the book was satisfactory since it's essentially a fairy tale No one ever demands to know how a kiss woke Sleeping Beauty upOne thing I did think needed explanation was Aniday's obsession with who had taken his place in the real world None of the other changelings seemed to have similar issues and they all encouraged him to forget his past They had other issues such as longing to re enter the real world but no hang ups about their histories Nothing seems to explain why Aniday kept obsessing while the others were able to forgetThe Stolen Child is very well written and approaches the changeling tale from an interesting angle but it never made me care for the characters too much I will definitely look into Keith Donohue's next novel if he writes one; I think he would do well with a story that's a little less depressing

  8. Kerry says:

    I am a big fan of literature that retell or reconfigure old myths and fairy tales especially if the author can bring it into a modern setting and so I really liked the concept of The Stolen Child a modern adaptation of the changling myth in which the fairies steal away a human child and replace it with one of their own With all this to its credit I should have enjoyed this book than I didThe Stolen Child is based on the poem by Yeats where the fairies lure a human child away from the care filled world of the humans to live in the idyllic world of the fairies But in the book there is no lure It is simple abduction and the life of the hobgoblin tribe is feral hard and misreable which each member trying desperatly to get back to the human world But their efforts to do so are constrained by arbitrary rules that are never explained or put into context These rules start out being followed and enforced as if they were of life and death importance but later get abandoned or ignored with little fanfare or conseuences The tone of the book was like an alien abduction story than something ancient and fairy tale ish It may be a matter of taste but I think that if you are going to draw on Old World mythology there should be some Old World flavor and foundations to your story The mirrored uests by both the changling and the abducted boy to recall and reconcile their identities had its interesting points but overall I would have preferred a little attention to the mythology of the world and a little less angst The mirrored uests by both the changling and the abducted boy to recall and reconcile their identities had its interesting points but overall I would have preferred a little attention to the mythology of the world and a little less angst

  9. Minakshi says:

    This is a strange sad and beautiful novel inspired by WB Yeats poem The Stolen Child 1889 about chageling faeries I vaguely remember reading about the Irish myths when I was younger Interestingly the novel touches on rational explanations for changelings failure to thrive physical deformities or mental illness in children But Donohue's novel is about loneliness the search for identity and belonging There are two narrators telling two intertwined stories one adult trying to remember his stolen childhood and one child trapped in time at age seven interlocking like a Celtic knot Both fantasy and emotion are understated yet powerfully delivered Charming rare and engrossing

  10. Melanie says:

    I really liked the premise; fairies steal forlorn lonely children and replace them with themselves The stolen children don't die they become fairies who then have to wait hundreds of years to repeat the process Every other chapter is told by the stolen child and then his replacement over many years of their lives All in all I enjoyed this but it was a bit of a slow mover took me a couple of weeks to finish This is the author's debut so I would be willing to read of his work as he hones his skill

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