Review: “Bambi’s Children” by Felix Salten

For the love of books

Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family follows the experiences of Bambi’s mate, Faline, and their two children.  Bambi is now the wise leader of all the roe deer in the forest, but even his careful supervision cannot prevent tragedy and adventure occurring in his family’s lives.

This sequel to Bambi: A Life in the Woods has more dialogues than its prequel and the human involvement in the story is reinforced by an additional human perspective of certain incidents.  Felix Salten has less graphic images, but the constant threat of death to every living creature is always present in the novel.  Moreover, in order for the author to depict life realistically and truthfully, humans are described to be hypocrites who do good deeds that are prompted by selfish motives.

For example, the gamekeeper appears to care for the forest’s environment, but he only helps the animals to survive for later annihilation during the hunting season.  When Gurri, Bambi’s daughter, recuperates from injuries at the gamekeeper’s home, she analyzes the human world and its peculiarities.  Her fears are questioned, and her curiosity about life’s quandaries still remains unfulfilled by the end of the story.  Nevertheless, the entire forest’s unanimous fear of the human race is justified despite the gamekeeper’s “good intentions.”  However, an irony in Bambi’s Children: The Story of a Forest Family is that all the animals have human characteristics without detracting from their animal traits, e.g. Faline’s prejudice toward the elk.

Original review: Part 2: Felix Salten’s masterpieces, Examiner.com

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