Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.
©2012 Eowyn Ivey (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
It's a story for the ages; a tale of love & loss, hope and despair, triumph & sorrow. It showcases the durability of the human spirit and the risk of real love. The author's vivid description of the brutal winters & hot summers will have you feeling as though you are actually a settler breaking ground on new territory in early 1900's Alaska. I also enjoyed the narration. The reader's voice was interesting & easy to follow along with, as she slightly varies her voice for each character. Although the "happily ever after" ending may not be the mushy stuff found in fairy tales, it seemed a true testament to the beauty & pain found in real life.
Enjoyed the story until it dragged at the end. I was hoping for something more interesting for an ending - seemed to just run out of steam (to me).
Yes. It was entertaining and surprised me
I think this is the first of hers I've herd
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