I loved the incorporation of the fairytale into the story of the couples attempt to work through their grief over the death of a child. It was sad at times but so honest in the way both the husband and wife had dealt with their grief differently over the years and what finally brought them together at the end. Bittersweet but ultimately the couple find joy in the future, family and each other again.
I don't always like books that walk the tight line between reality and fiction---but this one does it beautifully. The mystery of the book--the question of who the snow child is--is so very subtle, that the premise becomes believable. Up until the end, I did not know how much to believe. I certainly did not predict the outcome.
The narration was also perfect for this book. A smooth, even, non-dramatic tone. This book will haunt me for awhile. So beautiful, emotional, heart-breaking and thought-provoking.
I don't know why this book got such good reviews. I was bored until the last few chapters, when it picked up. The story is pretty preposterous. The only reason I found it at all interesting is because I used to live in Alaska and I enjoyed the descriptions of the trees and flowers, the vast wilderness, and the seasons in the far north, recalling my time there.
Loved the characters, the mystery surrounding the snow child, and how the story played out. First book I've listened to in awhile without any villains. None needed. It's a story of heartbreak, loneliness, and a powerful need fulfilled. Not for young children but great for early teens to adults.
This is classic story retold within a new context of time and place. Magic and mysticism play counterpoint to heartbreaking naturalism. There are many places where the prose borders on poetry!
Read by Debra Monk, approximately eleven hours of listening. The Snow Child has a few gazillion reviews, ergo not much for me to add. There are only a few observations. First, the reader must suspend belief. This is an ethereal, ephemeral fairy tale based on the creation of a child from snow who grows into a beautiful young woman. Second, the reader must be into descriptive prose, there is considerable. The setting is the Alaskan wilderness, the 1920s homestead efforts of a childless couple in their 50s. The Snow Child is character driven, and the story is one of parenthood, familial relationships, friendship, love, and the hardships of a wilderness life in a breathtaking world of mountains and snow.
The story is beautifully written, the narration nicely done. Although I listened to an audiobook, I had no trouble ‘turning the page’. Enjoy!
This book was just too sad. It put me in a funk the whole time I was listening. I loved the idea of the book, and wanted to hear the ending, but was disappointed. I kept hoping that it would turn out okay, but it never did.