THE GIRL AND THE FERRYMAN by Ernst Wiechert

THE GIRL AND THE FERRYMAN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A translation from the German in a story of the river and wood and the search of the ferryman, Jurgen, for peace- from his dead wife, from the fear and hatred of his neighbors. This is almost granted him in his new wife, Marte, but she with her conversion to Mormonism, through an American missionary, Maclean, in fear of Maclean's curse, loses their first child, refuses to join the emigrant party to the United States. Through winter, thaw, through floods and drought and famine, Marte and Jurgen try to work out their destiny. Then Marte murders the missionary -- and her childlike giant of a husband stands by her, with his earthy wisdom, gentle kindness, as they await the coming of their second child...Slow tide, quiet- if frail reading.

Pub Date: June 9th, 1947
Publisher: Pilot Press