vrijdag 31 mei 2013

50 Books Challeng 2013 - # 20: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Title: The Snow Child
Author: Eowyn Ivey
Story: Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart--he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone--but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
Start: may 21st 2013
End: may 31st 2013
Comment: I was really interested in this story, but I had one fear: that this was going to be a very slow paced book. It was, but not in a bad way. Not a lot of spectacular things happen, but it keeps your attention at all times. For inpatient readers it's not going to work. The setting is wonderful and can sometimes feel a little overpowering. It's an enchanting and magical story. If this wasn't recommended to me, I would probably walk passed it in the bookstore, but I'm really happy to have read this. It's a wonderful book, very sad though. You feel for the characters and that only happens when you care forthe characters. Eowyn Ivey writes as from heaven, can't wait to read more of her work. Great read, thanks Beth from goodreads for recommending it to me.
Rating: 4,5/ 5

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