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Heidi - An view of 19th century German childhood,
This review is from: Heidi (Penguin Popular Classics) (Paperback)
This is a book of its time, but it is also very interesting sociologically, as it tells us about German childhood in the mid 19th century. The chief protagonist, a little Swiss girl, is sent to the big city to be a companion to the invalid daughter of a wealthy family. Heidi's straightforward inner "goodness" and simple, unquestioning religious faith inspire those around her. There is a great deal of local colour, as the Alpine region is described in minute and fascinating detail. This is contrasted with the oppressive urbanisation of Frankfurt. This book gives us a very rosy picture of life as a nineteenth century child in the alpine region, in what could be quite a harsh environment. Despite the fact that it is quite formulaic and moralistic, it is extremely moving, which probably explains why it has stood the test of time. Try to see the film, which stars a very young Nicholas Lyndhurst as Peter.