The HessianOriginally published in 1972 The Hessian tells the story of the capture trial and execution of a Hessian drummer boy by Americans during the Revolution At the heart of the story is a uaker family who hide the boy after his landing party has been killed in an ambush Because the captain o. Set during the American Revolution The Hessian is a powerful novel about the attitudes and life of early Americans It is about a bigotry that serves to protect a small town but with tragic conseuencesNear a young New England town marches a small regiment of Hessian soldiers Hessians were well trained and much feared soldiers who fought for the British during the American Revolution Because of this a Hessian regiment no matter how small would have generally been left alone However an autistic child from the town follows them and is captured and hanged as a spy This is witnessed by Jacob Heather a young uaker boy who runs into town to tell the physician Dr Feversham as well as Suire Abraham Hunt the town's leader Hunt leads a regiment of nervous men to ambush the Hessians and the ambush is so successful that all of the Hessians are killed except the drummer boy without a shot fired from the other side This boy named Hans Pohl finds safety in the Heather household and the uaker family enlists the help of Dr Feversham to take care of Hans's wounds The doctor has no desire to see Hans harmed but he knows it is only a matter of time before Suire Hunt finds himThe novel is told in the first person from the point of view of Dr Feversham He is a bitter man and not a very likeable one though this doesn't detract from the novel His bitterness is justified As an Englishman and a Catholic he has faced persecution in some form all of his life In England he was persecuted as a Catholic and in America he is persecuted as an Englishman and a Catholic He is tolerated only because he married an American woman and is the town's only physician Dr Feversham finds himself at odds with the narrow minded Suire Hunt and he admires the kindness and tolerance of the Heather family At the same time their passivity frustrates him By the novel's end though he comes to see this passive nature of the uakers as a coping mechanism as he is ultimately powerless to prevent a horrible tragedyFast does an excellent job of bringing the era to life in his descriptions of the daily routines of Dr Feversham and his encounters with other townsfolk In a world filled with insecurity and uncertainty Suire Hunt's narrow minded prejudices are a necessity for survival and as such his values won't permit any exceptions Perhaps the most powerful scene and also the most vivid portrait of life at the time is the trial of Hans's Pohl Men and women pack themselves into a small hot courthouse in order to watch a trial whose outcome has been decided long before it even began What Dr Feversham and the uakers see as tragic Suire Hunt and the other townsfolk sees as necessary Fast reveals a sense justice warped by the prejudices of those presiding over it and this is not just a relic of the past but a problem that faces society even todayThe novel's only weakness is the inclusion of a couple of romantic side plots that distract from the main story Inevitably Hans and the Heather girl who is his own age will fall in love but worse is the way the novel handles an attraction between Dr Feversham and Sarah Heather the mother and wife of the uaker family There are some awkward unconvincing scenes that come out of this particularly in the form of jealousy from Dr Feversham's wife It's ironic the way Fast seeks to make a point about bigotry in America yet casts the women as nothing than objects of romance for the menNonetheless The Hessian is a captivating read that transports the reader to a primitive and unstable time in America's history What Fast has to say about society then reflects on society today It raises interesting uestions about the necessity of prejudice in a society whether it really is necessary and what it says about society that such deep rooted bigotry still exists

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F the Hessians had ordered the hanging of a local whom he thought might be a spy the town militia lay in wait massacred the Hessians and hunted down the only survivor Hans Pohl His capture and trial provide an opportunity to explore the difficult moral position that war presents complic. A fairly simple but deep story that captures the horrors of a war mentality

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FREE DOWNLOAD ✓ The Hessian × Originally published in 1972 The Hessian tells the story of the capture trial and execution of a Hessian drummer boy by Americans during the Revolution At the heart of the story is a uaker family who hide the boy after his landing party has been killed in an ambush Because the captain of the Hessians had ordered the hanAted by the presence of the uaker family The story is told from the point of view of Evan Feversham a doctor who has seen enough of death and an outsider in the narrow world of Puritan New England Based on a true event The Hessian won an American Library Association's Notable Book Award. Brilliant in its simplicity A surprisingly easy read for a novel about the evils of war the ambiguities of capital punishment and the hypocrisy of faith Fast also manages to find room for a moving love story if that's what you're in to involving some very memorable characters Very impressive for a book that is just over 200 pages