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The Fiela’s Child Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes. Fiela’s Child is a work of fiction by award-winning South African writer Dalene Matthee. It is one installment of a four-part series known as the Forest Books. Fiela’s Child. Synopsis. God forgives many things, but God never forgives us the wrong we do to a child. On the one side of the mountain, in the Long Kloof.

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Feb 03, Kath rated it liked it. This article about a South African novel is a stub.

Fiela’s Child – Dalene Mathee. Lood rated it liked it Feb 02, They take him away from the stricken Fiela, who has brought him up, and give him back to his ‘original’ family. As I began to get into the book, it reminded me of novels by Edna Ferber or Pearl Buck in the grandeur of the language and gielas of the story. The story however was very enjoyable. The narrative is set in rural South Africa, in the nineteenth century. At the other end of a landscape of contrasts, in a dark forest, lived A story of two families as different as they could be, and a court that wasn’t as wise as Solomon when asked to choose between two women chjld the same child.

War in the pacific-Historiography. I finally finished it over Spring Break. Rachel Hellmann rated it liked it Aug 13, For nine years, Fiela raises Benjamin as one of her own children.

This book was translated from Afrikaans, This is my second IB book of the year. It’s originally an Afrikaans book Fiela se Kind ; one of the best selling Afr books. The author was more interested, I think, in exploring Benjamin’s identity crisis, unable to identify with the family he’d been told was “his” when taken to the forest; a crisis she brought to fiela height by the rather obvious plot device of having him fall in love with his “sister”.


Also there is a caste system in place that I am unfamiliar with and there is not enough information on what the known differences between the cultures is. Views Read Edit View history. Nine years later, two government chile, working on a census, chi,d a white child living with a Coloured family in the mountains on the other side of the forest.

Fiela’s Child

Chkld by Dalene Matthee. Jenny rated it liked it Oct 21, Preview — Fiela’s Child by Dalene Matthee. Inexplicably, I wasn’t expecting to like it. A story of two families as different as they could be, and a court that wasn’t as wise as Solomon when asked to choose between two women claiming the same child. Fielzs months later, they find parts of a skeleton possibly belonging to a small child. Meanwhile, Benjamin has to go alone to the courthouse with complete strangers.

It was an interesting story about South Africa in the s. Dalene Matthee nee Scott matriculated in and went on to study music at a conservatorium in Oudtshoorn as well as at the Holy Cross Covent in Graaff-Reinet.

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As a depiction of the social world of the time, it was more particularistic, taking in only a few families. The latter had far better manners, values and provided far better living conditions than his biological parents ever could.

I learned quite a bit about history. Didn’t read this closely enough to care. He is almost trampled to death in one of his expeditions to the forest to kill elephants for their tusks. Elias cuts beams to earn money. This is a really interesting novel from South Africa based on a true story.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It was good, but slow-going. Though she is determined to fight for Benjamin, she has no say when they determine he should be removed from her care. But I had to get to the end, which is gratifying, but be warned this is a difficult story.

Neither Benjamin nor Fiela have a voice in the matter, and Benjamin must now come to terms with living with the white family that has claimed him while also trying to come of age and identify with two different cultures.

Paperbackpages. Elias comes across as an opportunist who will do anything to acquire more money. But it will be worth it to finish, just not a super fast read for me. This was a memorable portrait of the natural world of 19th-century South Africa, with its forests, elephants, ostriches, and birdsongs, already passing away under the axes and plows.

Kinda weirdly enjoyed this book way more than i thought, even though it was a required read. chkld

She also won numerous literary prizes for her works. Send this link to let others join your presentation: She was survived by her three daughters; her husband, Larius, died in