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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Send link to edit together this prezi using Prezi Meeting learn more: I pondered whether I should read the original, but I haven’t read an Afr book since high matric and worried that I the language barrier would prevent me from fully appreciating the book. As a depiction of the social world of the time, it was more particularistic, taking in only a few families. Matthee gets the reader emotionally tied to the story. Or explain his faults.

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

One day, Fiela finds a crying child on her doorstep. Further suggestions might be found on chilx article’s talk page.

But all in all, it was a really good book.

What follows is Benjamin’s search for his identity and the fundamental changes affecting the white and Coloured families who claimed him. What happens when a white child is reared by a black mother?

He is not sure of what to do and his mind wanders frequently to chjld family, whom he misses terribly. Open Preview See a Problem? Pages to import images to Wikidata Wikipedia articles fielsa clarification from July All stub articles.


But once the authorities found out about him, all hell broke loose! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This article about a South African novel is a stub. Francien rated it liked it May 03, The duality of human nature.

But Fiela, powerless before authority, never comes. This page was last edited on 4 Septemberat A young boy who is found and raised by an Fielax family is later claimed as a Dutch woodcutting family as their long, lost son.

Fiela’s Child

Views Read Edit View history. I believe it is actually a true story. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. Though burdened already with daily matters and a family of her own, Fiela takes the child in, and for nine years, she raises the child, vielas she names Benjamin, as one of her own children.

I didn’t notice until I was finished that it was first written in Africaans and then translated by the author. The characters became memorable. Benjamin has to now deal with the confining nature of the forest, which is a stark contrast to his life in the Long Kloof region. Featured content includes commentary on major characters, 25 important quotes, essay topics, and key themes like The Wrong People in Power and Systematized Racism.

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It was an interesting story about South Africa in the s. Paperbackpages. They discover Benjamin and realize that he is a white child in a colored home, something that was considered highly inappropriate in the racially segregated 19th century South Africa. Return to Book Page.


Fiela’s Child by Dalene Matthee (3 star ratings)

Refresh and try again. 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.

Want to Read saving…. Also, the setting is described to be in the liminal stage hence it takes place on both sides of a mountain [ ambiguous ]. 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.

Send the link below via email or IM. Fiela’s Child tells the story of Fiela Komoetie and fjelas white, three-year-old child, Benjamin, whom she finds crying on her doorstep.

His journey and the consequences of his actions are inconsequential to Benjamin, who longs for nothing more than the freedom of choice and fielws. Meanwhile, Benjamin has to go alone to the courthouse with complete strangers. Add a personal note: Fiela purchases an ostrich hen for her male ostrich, Kicker.

Fiela’s Child

It is one installment of a four-part series known as the Forest Books. This book was translated from Afrikaans, so the author’s style isn’t very good. Nov 10, Esther rated it liked it. Lood rated it liked it Feb 02, SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.