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eBook The Snow Child (Thorndike Press Large Print Historical Fiction) ePub

by Eowyn Ivey

  • ISBN: 1594135940
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Eowyn Ivey
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Large Print Press; Large Print, Reprint edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Pages: 483
  • ePub book: 1339 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1752 kb
  • Other: lrf rtf lit lrf
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 480

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THE SNOW CHILD is enchanting from beginning to end. Ivey breathes life into an old tale and makes it as fresh as the season' s first snow.

THE SNOW CHILD is enchanting from beginning to end. -Keith Donohue, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child.

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The snow reflected sunlight so brilliantly he squinted. They didn’t seem like the tracks of a lost child Its muzzle was pressed into the snow and its back was hunched, like a cat licking milk from a bowl. He walked to the woodpile, then turned back to the cabin and saw the snow child, or what was left of it. Still just a shapeless pile of snow. They didn’t seem like the tracks of a lost child. More like a wild animal, a fox or ermine. Dashing here and there, running across the top of the snow, circling back and around until Jack wasn’t sure if he was still following the original trail. Its muzzle was pressed into the snow and its back was hunched, like a cat licking milk from a bowl. It jerked its head to the side and tore something with its teeth. Mabel was transfixed.

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Eowyn Ivey was raised in Alaska and still lives there; The Snow Child, her debut work, is so saturated with wilderness atmosphere that you almost feel you've been there yourself

Eowyn Ivey was raised in Alaska and still lives there; The Snow Child, her debut work, is so saturated with wilderness atmosphere that you almost feel you've been there yourself. Her love for the landscape shines through, too. If you look online, you'll be hard-pressed to find a mention of this much-hyped book that doesn't include the word "magical", and it seems calculated to appeal to an audience who like their fiction heartwarming and fanciful. This is not the romanticised land-of-the-free Alaska of Palin's imagining, but the real thing.

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Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart from the weight of the work and the loneliness. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, it is gone - but they find a young, blonde-haired girl who calls herself Faina, and seems to be a child of the woods ...

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Majin Majin
Having lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for 44 years, I was very anxious to read this book. It has an Alaskan theme and is touted as being written in the style of magical realism. I love literary fiction that is rich in characterization and language and this book has an abundance of both. It is bound to be one of the best books I'll read in 2012. The story is beautifully rendered and rich with metaphor. I could hardly bear to put it down.

Mabel and Jack are homesteaders who come to Alaska rather late in their lives. They are both close to fifty years old when they begin their Alaskan venture near the Wolverine river way in the backcountry. The story opens with Mabel contemplating suicide. She describes Alaska after her failed suicide attempt as a place of "beauty that ripped you open and scoured you clean so that you were left helpless and exposed, if you lived at all". She and Jack are growing apart rather than closer and she misses him desperately. Slowly, they become friends with their closest neighbors, Esther and George, and this helps Mabel some. However, she says of Jack, "they were going to be partners, she and Jack. This was going to be their new life together. Now he sat laughing with strangers when he hadn't smiled at her in years".

Mabel comes from an intellectual family - her father is a professor of literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She feels lonely and empty in her cabin. Just before they came to Alaska she gave birth to a stillborn boy. This was one of the primary reasons she wanted to get away from her family. She felt they were always looking at her and judging her as wanting, talking about her as not being a strong woman. Jack is busy with clearing and farming the homestead and he won't let Mabel help with this. He sees her job as staying in the house to cook, clean and bake her pies. They are barely making ends meet and Jack is contemplating taking a part-time job in a mine next year. Their situation is dire.

The wilderness is described in an awe-inspiring ferocity of beauty and fear. "Wherever the work stopped, the wilderness was there, older, fiercer, stronger than any man could ever hope to be. The spindly black spruce were so dense in places you couldn't squeeze an arm between them, and every living thing seemed barbed and hostile." "Alaska gave up nothing easily. It was lean and wild and indifferent to a man's struggle." Alaska's beauty is also described wonderfully - the northern lights, the wild animals, the rivers, waterfalls, snowfalls and alpenglow. "Maybe that was how a man held up his end of the bargain, by learning and taking into his heart this strange wilderness - guarded and naked, violent and meek, tremulous in its greatness."

The work is too hard for Jack and Mabel is suffering from cabin fever. One night, however, in a lightness of spirit, they decide to build a snow child. It turns out to be a girl with a lovely face, blond hair, blue eyes and chiseled lovely features. Mabel gives it mittens and a scarf as well. Shortly after building the snow child, they begin to see a child darting in and out of the trees. The snow child they built has disappeared and the child they see running around is wearing the same clothes as their snow child had been given. Is she real or is it a hallucinatory figment of cabin fever and overwork? Mabel and Jack see the child, follow her footprints in the snow and even get to meet her. However, no one else has ever seen her and there is no other family living near them with a girl child. Where has she come from and where does she live?

The story loosely follows the metaphorical fairy tale of The Snow Child, Mabel's favorite story from childhood. However, Mabel is fearful of the story's outcome and does not want to look at the coincidences too closely. The girl they meet is named Faina - Fay-ee-na. They begin to grow close to her and their lives change. "Mabel was no longer sure of the child's age. She seemed both newly born and as old as the mountains, her eyes animated with unspoken thoughts, her face impassive. Here with the child in the trees, all things seemed possible and true."

This is a life-affirming book, one that is close to the heart. It is never silly or maudlin. The writing is rich and lyrical, the characterizations full and complete with each person known and mysterious at the same time. We follow each of them through joys and sorrow. In many ways this is a book of perfection, one that is consummate and incomparable to any other I have ever read. I know it will live on in me and that I will have to re-read it. Thank you Ms. Ivey for bringing me back to Alaska through your eyes. What a wonderful way to see this world.
Samulkree Samulkree
The Snow Child is one of the most magical novels I have read during my long life. Ivey's characterization, story telling and scenic prowess are all delivered in words that sometimes whisper, often sing, occasionally growl and frequently entrance. There is simplicity, elegance, depth and meaning reaching mythic realms, and yet the story is firmly grounded in the realities of Alaskan homesteading and relationships that struggle, bend, grow and endure. One could love the book just for Ivey's loving portrayal of Alaska's scenery and animal life, but the five main characters and their challenges are finely drawn so it is difficult to stop reading. I would not call it a "page turner" because one would be a fool to rush through this. It is a book to be savored. Some scenes and events are so touching, one should pause to let their significance sink in. I found the story following me around during the hours I was not actually reading words on the page. I felt almost possessed. Ivey helps us to explore at least a dozen questions that have troubled or delighted people for centuries. I immediately purchased her second novel upon finishing this one, but I knew it would not be a sequel. She is just one of those writers whose pages shine like her character in this book — Faina — originally a Russian name meaning "shining."
Yar Yar
I usually read mystery novels. I had found this book while searching for a novel to read to a woman who has end stage dementia. As I read the book to her I was engrossed by the storyline. I found myself relating to the story. The book is based in Alaska, I live in Vermont, the couple are in their fifties, as am I and my husband. The couple are now alone, isolated and facing old age and tackling the harshness of their environment and homestead. However, that' where the sameness ends. The story branches our into a fantasy like reality relationship between a fairytale book and a real child. The plot held me captive to the end of the book. I found myself sitting up at night reading - not wanting to put the book down. At the end I silently cried, wishing the story would not end. I would love it if there was a book 2 to carry on where this one left off. I have to know if she returns with a snowfall. She is out there.
Liarienen Liarienen
The Snow Child is based on a folk/fairy tale of an older couple, who never had children, when a snow sculpture turns into a a young girl. The novel, set in Alaska in more modern times follows the folk tale with the exception on the couple not actually seeing the transformation of the showgirl into the child, leaving room for speculation about the reality of the child and/or the sanity of the couple. It is a compelling and well-written story with a limited number of characters, all presented with a purpose. There are beautiful and painful passages in this family story, and Alaska is an ideal setting for loneliness, fear, hope, and love.