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
This book was a little disappointing. The author's descriptive writing was very good, but to me the characters seemed hollow and I never connected with them. Usually I feel sad when I finish a book because I miss the characters as if they were real friends. This was not the case with this book. It was also too long which is fine with me if the plot is good. I thought it dragged. The narrator was a little depressing, too.
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
Is it a fantasy novel? Is it an adult fairy tale? I'm not sure just how to classify this truly remarkable book of an aging childless couple who move to Alaska sometime before it became a state and homesteaded somewhere north of Anchorage.
I won't give any of the plot away. You can read that in the book notes anyway. What I want to talk about is the lyrical prose and the emotive drive of the writing. I want to say that my faith in women authors has been renewed as love scenes were handled tastefully without any graphic sex. (THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I had about given up on female authors and anything that remotely sounded like it had any romance in it. I'm not a prude, mind you. I'm just not a fan of gratuitous sex scenes that add nothing to the plot.) This book was full of beautiful scenes of the heart instead.
I normally am a fan of action books. (Hey, I'm a guy!) This was on sale, so I bought it and I am so glad I did. I only write reviews on books that I particularly enjoy, and this was one that will stay with me for a very, very long time. The images invoked in my mind's eye by Eowyn Ivey were so striking, and so beautiful, and astounding, that I feel like this story will be with me forever.
Debra Monk's reading was spot on. Her rendition of the loud and chaotic neighbors was just hilarious, and her soft and melodious reading of the descriptions of such things as the silk and swan feather wedding dress and the snowflake on the hand of the Snow Child and... oh so many other other striking scenes were just memorable and perfect.
I recommend this book to anyone. it's probably PG only because of the brutal nature of the hunting and fishing and killing that is done to survive in such a difficult environment. Even those scenes though are done with a deep appreciation that each animal sacrificed its life to allow humans to live.
Beautifully written book and a wonderful reading.
The characters are well developed and I could relate to Mabel's struggle. This story will leave you wanting more, and make you fall in love with the enchanting snow child. Well written and immensely engaging piece of work. A must read.
The story was interesting. A little sadness a little joy repeat again, major loss but we all carry on. A bit like real life. What made this so enjoyable was the narrator. She was just a pleasure to listen to.
Engaging. Crystalline. Memorable.
Simply how Debra Monk's writing was so evocative of Faina's world in all of it's natural beauty.
I loved it!
This was a magical story with a lot of layers of mythology and psychology. I would probably gain more insights with another listen.
The narration was interesting with the inflections of the voice to be direct, precise and forceful. I don't know if that's the way they behaved in the '20's, but there were times that I thought the emphasis was not in the right place. It seemed awkward.
I really loved this book and didn't want it to end. I loved the connection the girl had with the elements, and the fact that I never figured some of it out. It's still a mystery....as it should be.
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