Carnival by Harold RhenischCarnival by Harold Rhenisch


byHarold Rhenisch

Paperback | March 15, 2000

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Poet, bioregional essayist, and explorer of post-colonial landscapes in decay and transition, Harold Rhenisch combines his father's character with his own, and in a series of luminous, closely-linked stories, takes the reader on an emotional journey through humour, joy, heartbreak, horror, spiritual catastrophe and redemption, to present a second look at history. This is war from a child's eyes, up close and personal, from silly pranks, to playing war games in the forest and, finally, to miracles of healing as the fabric of the world collapses and must be rebuilt.

Hansel, his mother, and their 16-year-old Russian maid, tend an escaped French P.O.W. in their basement in a small town on the edge of the Black Forest during the Second World War. During the Occupation, this act simultaneously saves their lives and also brings them close to death, as they attempt to save the innkeeper's daughter after a brutal rape by occupying Moroccan soldiers and the horrific punishment enacted upon them by the French command. This story is not fiction. It is the art of story-telling that creates for us Hansel's fairytale village -- at once a magical world of mermaids, witches, carnival characters and eelfishers, and also a sulfur-choked, brutalized wartime town.

The Canadian farmer who was Hansel returns to this German town to relive the dreams, stories, and terrors he experienced fifty years before. In incandescent, emotionally-charged prose he seeks among the ruins of society to understand love and his place in the world as a man. This is a powerful and captivating evocation of innocence and storytelling from one of Canada's master prose stylists.

Rhenisch was raised in the German farm culture of the Okanagan, which sheltered both the innocent and the damned. Grandson of a communist from the '20s and two German doctors from Freiburg, he grew up into a world of story-telling, shame, and pride. Within the experience of twenty-four books and six extended trips within East and West ...
Title:CarnivalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.72 × 5.58 × 0.63 inPublished:March 15, 2000Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842132

ISBN - 13:9780889842137

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War makes people, especially men, do strange things. From heroic to tragic, these actions have been well documented in literature and movies. Harold Rhenisch shares his thoughts on war through the eyes of a child in Carnival. Living on the edge of the Black Forest during the Second World War, his family looks after an escaped French POW and helps the innkeeper’s daughter, who is raped by Moroccan soldiers. This in-depth look at war shows a child losing his innocence through a series of tragic events.