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Stones From the River

Stones From the River

Book - 2007 | 1st Touchstone paperback ed. July 2007
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A dwarf becomes the librarian of a small German town. The work makes her privy to many of the town's secrets and she uses them to set people against each other. It's her way of paying them back for the taunts and humiliations.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone Book, 2007
Edition: 1st Touchstone paperback ed. July 2007
ISBN: 9780684844770
Call Number: FICTION HEGI 2007
Characteristics: 525 pages ; 21 cm


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The people in small German town find their lives-- and their characters-- changed by their experience as the Third Reich comes to power and touches them in innumerable ways. At the center of the book is Trudi, a dwarf, historian, librarian, and observer of everyone's secrets. This is a pretty won... Read More »

A dwarf becomes the librarian of a small German town. The work makes her privy to many of the town's secrets and she uses them to set people against each other.

"Trudi Montag, a dwarf born in Germany during World War I, narrates her life story from her earliest memories through post-World War II. Being different sometimes renders Trudi almost invisible to those around her, allowing her to eavesdrop on the daily dramas of her neighbors' adultery, cow... Read More »

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Nov 19, 2020

Great read

Nov 19, 2019

Strange book about dwarf who lived thru WW2

Apr 11, 2019

I really wanted to read this book, but the printing was too tiny for my eyes.

Aug 31, 2013

This is a wonderful book. It is one of my favorites.

CJA1910 Aug 03, 2013

This is a very heartfelt historical novel set in Germany in the years preceding, during and after World War II. It is told through the eyes of Trudi, a dwarf, living with her father in a pay-library. How she copes with her world. the things she does, and the things that are done to her make a very good read.

Sep 29, 2012

A very interesting story. I wish the library had "Floating in My Mother's Palm".

Apr 13, 2012

I have just re-read this wonderful novel. ( It is about 10 years since I first read it. ) Amazing writing, but very accessible. Deeply moving.

Dec 10, 2011

Wonderful story with great characters. I couldn't put it down.

Oct 21, 2011

An outstanding book - totally absorbing from start to finish - certainly one of of my all time favourites and one I will read again. Unfortunately it is about 5 years since I have read it so unable to comment factually on story but fortunate in that I have a real treat in store as a re-read

Oct 01, 2011

Trudi, a dwarf, is the town's storyteller who lives part of her life through turbulant, Nazi-torn Germany during the Second World War. Hegi takes us through Trudi's life from early on, showing how cruel life can sometimes be. (Dec 2003)

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