Children and Fire

Children and Fire The fourth novel in Ursula Hegi s acclaimed Burgdorf cycle is a thoughtful sidelong approach to the worst moment in Germany s history that invites us to understand how decent people come to collabora
  • Title: Children and Fire
  • Author: Ursula Hegi
  • ISBN: 9781451608298
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Children and Fire
    The fourth novel in Ursula Hegi s acclaimed Burgdorf cycle is a thoughtful, sidelong approach to the worst moment in Germany s history that invites us to understand how decent people come to collaborate with evil Kirkus Reviews.Children and Fire tells the story of one day that will forever transform the lives of the people in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village bThe fourth novel in Ursula Hegi s acclaimed Burgdorf cycle is a thoughtful, sidelong approach to the worst moment in Germany s history that invites us to understand how decent people come to collaborate with evil Kirkus Reviews.Children and Fire tells the story of one day that will forever transform the lives of the people in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village by the river in Ursula Hegi s bestselling novels February 27, 1934 the first anniversary of the burning of Reichstag, the Parliament building in Berlin.Thekla Jansen, a gifted young teacher, loves her students and tries to protect them from the chaos beyond their village Believing the Nazis new regime will not last forever, Thekla begins to relinquish some of her freedoms to keep her teaching position She has always taken her moral courage for granted, but when each compromise chips away at that courage, she knows she must reclaim it.Ursula Hegi funnels pivotal moments in history through the experience of Thekla, her students, and the townspeople as she writes along the edge where sorrow and bliss meet, and shows us how one society educated, cultural, compassionate can slip into a reality that s fabricated by propaganda and controlled by fear.Gorgeously rendered and emotionally taut, Children and Fire confirms Ursula Hegi s position as one of the most distinguished writers of her generation.
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    Children and Fire by Ursula Hegi Children and Fire tells the story of one day that will forever transform the lives of the people in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village b The fourth novel in Ursula Hegi s acclaimed Burgdorf cycle is a thoughtful, sidelong approach to the worst moment in Germany s history that invites us to understand how decent people come to collaborate with evil Kirkus Reviews. Children and Fire A Novel Burgdorf Cycle Hegi, Ursula Children and Fire tells the story of one day that will forever transform the lives of the people in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village by the river in Ursula Hegi s bestselling novels February , the first anniversary of the burning of Reichstag, the Parliament building in Berlin. Children and Fire Book by Ursula Hegi Official Children and Fire is a fictionalized account of the events leading up to World War II In her research, Ursula Hegi drew on many resources to make her fiction authentic Go to your library or online to do your own research into that time period. Children and Fire A Novel Burgdorf Cycle Book May , Thekla s awakening is gradual as she begins to realize that individual freedom is different from national freedom, and that it s become too easy to rationalize giving up those freedoms to live In this, Children and Fire is a cautionary tale, not only to understand the Hitler era but for our times. CHILDREN AND HOME FIRES American Red Cross Fast Facts Children under the age of five are twice as likely to die in a home fire than the rest of the population, and child playing fires are the leading cause of fire deaths among preschoolers About people per year are killed and million in property is destroyed in fires attributed to children playing with fire. Keeping kids safe from fire U.S Fire Administration Some children are curious about fire There are simple steps you can take to keep you and the people you love safer from fire and burns Keep children feet away from anything that can get hot Space heaters and stove tops can cause terrible burns. Fire Safety for Kids American Red Cross A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items especially lighters and matches. children and an adult killed in New Jersey store fire Oct , children and an adult killed in New Jersey store fire after gate wouldn t open The five alarm fire at a commercial building in Elizabeth killed four and one adult remains in critical condition as Why Children Play With Fire, and How to Stop Them The Dec , Fire safety tips for children Torine Creppy, the acting president of Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting children from unintentional injuries, said that when it comes to fire Mother arrested, charged after leaving children home Sep , WILLIAMSBRIDGE, Bronx WABC A mother has been charged after leaving her three children home alone when a fire broke out at a Bronx apartment Monday morning, according to police The flames

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  • Ursula Hegi

    Ursula Hegi is the author of Sacred Time, Hotel of the Saints, The Vision of Emma Blau, Tearing the Silence, Salt Dancers, Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother s Palm, Unearned Pleasures and Other Stories, Intrusions, and Trudi Pia She is the recipient of than thirty grants and awards.

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  • This book has inspired me to immediately seek out the rest of Hegi s Burgdorf cycle I d read and loved Stones from the River, and when I read a review of this book set in the same small German village in the first half of the twentieth century, a companion book to Stones, I got hold of it immediately Characters who in the first book were minor here spring to full life Wilhelm Jansen, the shell shocked veteran, reveals here his earlier history, his marriage to a pregnant woman and the fate of the [...]


  • Oh, Ursula Hegi, I so want to like your books, but, for some reason, I just can t You are firmly in the two star category for me Stones from the River Maybe it s me Maybe I m lacking in some way NAH I think my real opinion is that everything is just too drawn out and too much time is spent on everything, as if the premise of the writing is, why explain something in a paragraph when I can turn it into a whole chapter And people, therein lies one of the main reasons I read so much young adult fict [...]


  • My only complaint with this book if it can be called that was that I didn t want the book to end It left me craving to know what happened next Ursula Hegi has earned her place as my favorite modern day writer I ve read all of her novels and have yet to be disappointed In my opinion, Stones From The River the first book of this series is one of the greatest novels ever written No one weaves a story like Hegi and pulls the reader into the past, making the stories relevant and timely while evoking [...]


  • With the luxury of time, we look back and ask ourselves how did so many educated and cultured people become manipulated by a madman Hitler to justify torture and genocide The answers we come up with are all too often dismissive and simplistic a good vs evil dichotomy In reality, the answer is far nuanced, and Ursula Hegi captures how a surge of national unity goes so very wrong and how the absence of complexity or doubt can lead even good people astray.Set in Burgdorf, Germany, a teacher, Thekl [...]


  • NO SPOILERS Through Chapter Two and a little Yesterday I finished the marvellous memoir A Bed of Red Flowers In Search of My Afghanistan by Netofer Pazira I gave it five stars, but having just finished a memoir, I wanted a novel But which I had read all of the books loaded into my Kindle Since I am so picky about how an author writes, I checked my GR list of books that are available on Kindle, deciding to sample a few until I found one I could not put down I found it Ursula Hegi s new historica [...]


  • This is my first experience with this author and it was incredible She paints pictures with her words, one brush stroke at a time Concisely and clearly, she reveals the conflict and the shocking resolution, which as a reader, you know that shortly after this day World War II will begin.The book is many stories twisting together and introducing different characters The main protagonist is Thekla, a German teacher who has finally secured a position in a Catholic school The day is in 1934 Thekla is [...]


  • I listened to this one read by the author She did a beautiful job, and her voice and accent were so soft and melodious, it really made the words come to life, though I know that is cliche.I read Stones from the River many years ago for book club, and when I read the review of this book, which takes place in the same town but among different inhabitants, I knew it was a world I wanted to explore again It is pre WWII Germany in a small town, which means everyone has secrets and they are all diffic [...]


  • In Children and Fire, Hegi revisits the German town that was the setting for her earlier novel, Stones From the River The era is the early twentieth century, post WWI, pre WWII, as Hitler and the Third Reich are changing the German political and social landscape as they rise to power Hegi s theme, in both this book and Stones is the exploration of how it could have happened I always wondered how good, kind, ordinary German citizens allowed the rantings of a madman to sway their good sense and ov [...]


  • So you are sick to death of reading about the Holocaust Please just be quiet and read this book Oh, but read Stones from the River first.Better now Page 69 What the parishioners and the priest didn t know was that the Siderovas distrusted the ritual of confession They seemed so devout as they knelt in the dim confessional But all they fed the priest were made up sins because they suspected all priests disturbed the garden of secrets by tearing at the roots Page 165 Exercising for the Fuhrer Real [...]


  • This is a must read for any Ursula Hegi fan Set in Burgdorf, Germany, a popular setting for several of her books, Children and Fire tells the story of a single day that forever transforms the lives of the townspeople The book explores the reactions of the German citizens to Hitler s rise to power one year following the Reichstag fire Hegi masterfully weaves past and present events in order to explain the motives of her characters Although this novel revisits a common place and theme for Hegi, re [...]


  • This is a brilliant book aboutral choice, love, secrets, self knowledge And Set on one day in Germany February 27, 1934 in Burgsdorf, Hegi s village of the other books in this series Stories from the River, Floating in My Mother s Palm, The Vision of Emma Blau this novel is astonishing in the absolute rightness of each word.That doesn t even begin to say how good this book is.I received this as a Good Reads First Reads win and there was some delay in receiving it from the publisher Worth waitin [...]


  • I really liked Ursula Hegi s first book, Stones in the River, which I d read a couple of years ago However, this newest book was confusing and difficult to follow It switches back and forth in time frames and, for me, nothing was ever very clear Also, there s a non too surprising climax at the end which I d figured out as would most readers way before it was put into words All in all, disappointing.


  • It was nice to be back in Burgdorf, but I feel that Hegi only began to explore the possibilities of the character of Thekla Jansen, as compared with that of Trudi Montag in her earlier works Chilling descriptions of Germany in 1934, already robustly beginning to follow Nazism and venerate Hitler The denouement at the end should come as no surprise, but the story does provide an interesting platform for a discussion of what makes up any individual s true identity.


  • I am impressed by Hegi s skill in showing how a gifted compassionate teacher could let each silent agreement with an oppressive regime hurt her students and her After living in Germany, I still haven t understood how people I liked could do such awful things This impressive writer has helped me understand I have been concerned that our country s extreme swing to the right could result in a situation like Nazi Germany and, after reading this, I am convinced it is possible in the U.S.


  • I have read most of Ursela Hegi s novels and I love her writing style But, I have to admit that I was disappointed by this read It felt very fragmented to me I will continue to read her books, but this was not one I would highly recommend Her best was unquestionably Stones from teh River.


  • Unsettling novel about the Third Reich and how even the most well meaning people can allow evil to take hold.


  • That was but a prelude where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people also Heinrich HeineBooks selected for Oprah s Book Club are not supposed to be ones that wind up having a profound impact on one s soul, but that s exactly what happened to mine when O named Ursula Hegi s Stones from the River as one of her 1997 selections For me personally, February 1997 was a bit of a challenging time we were in Infertility Hell So it s a bit of an understatement to say that I related to and connect [...]


  • Ursula Hegi has a wonderful way of describing life in Germany during the time of Hitler She relates to the German population and their lack of understanding about what was going on in the background of Hitler s mania She doesn t make excuses but gives us some insight into how scary it must have been for the Jews and those who cared about them.


  • Waste of timeEndless descriptions led to no real conclusions Jumping across time periods for no reason Just a jumble of characters with no unifying theme or point Hours out of my life that I can never recover.


  • 2.5 The premise of the book was a good one that of a day changing one s life Events in Germany, mid 1930 s, shaped the characters, which were well developed.That said, I had to struggle to finish this book the story became disjoined and confusing.




  • A sad and beautiful book Lyrical writing with deep human insights And not least a relevant warning for our times about the danger of accepting evil by assuming it will just go away on its own.



  • In her new novel, Children and Fire , Ursula Hegi tells the story of Thekla Jansen, a teacher in the fictional German village of Burgdorf, familiar to readers of the author s previous novels Taking for the most part the perspective of her heroine, Hegi explores, from the inside out so to say, the emotional confusion and moral dilemmas that Germans were confronting with the Nazis rise to power The author sets the stage effectively, and while alluding to pivotal historical events, she focuses her [...]


  • Mesmerizing, thoughtful, frightening wonderful says The fourth novel in Ursula Hegi s acclaimed Burgdorf cycle is a thoughtful, sidelong approach to the worst moment in Germany s history that invites us to understand how decent people come to collaborate with evil Kirkus Reviews.Children and Fire tells the story of one day that will forever transform the lives of the people in Burgdorf, Germany, the fictitious village by the river in Ursula Hegi s bestselling novels February 27, 1934 the first a [...]


  • It took me a bit of an effort to get into the story, but it was truly worth it The time travel between the past and the current day of February 27, 1934, was a bit confusing at first, but after the first few chapters, I was mesmerized It is a very well written book, thoughtful, disturbing, and thought provoking, all at once I was amazed at the level of research Hegi must have done to learn about that period and that region of the country I didn t know much than the broad details about that era [...]


  • A slow moving, but ultimately satisfying, read that moved me even though I knew what was coming The book is set in the years before World War II, in Germany, when Hitler has come to power and the Reichstag has burned Thekla Jansen, a teacher, thinks she can help her students all boys live ordinary and somewhat innocent lives despite the tense but not quite yet terrifying world that surrounds them.Favorite lines But they don t budge Their sudden scorn is so palpable that, any moment now, they may [...]


  • Children and Fire is a beautifully written story that ties in very well with Ursula Hegi s other Burgdorf series Hegi has such a masterful grip on the ability to give voice to inner thought life of each and every one of her characters that it s mesmerizing She gives words to emotions and experiences that can seem to sacred or painful for spoken language to suffice God s will she had been consoled three times, while she dreamed of strangling God Three times she imagined yanking God from His thron [...]


  • This review first appeared on my blog knittingandsundries 20In Hitler s Germany of 1934, Thekla Jansen is a 34 year old teacher, having unexpectedly replaced her old teacher and friend, Fraulein Siderova, a Russian Jew who converted to Catholicism upon her family s arrival in Germany some years ago Her conversion, however, didn t keep the school from letting her go due to her Jewish roots.Interspersed with flashbacks from Thekla s life, where her mother Almut, originally in a home for unwed girl [...]


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