Monday, 10 December 2012

The Snow Child - Eowyn Ivey

Is it or isn't it a fairy tale? I spent the first half of the book wondering. I also spent a fair amount of time soaking up the atmosphere and setting of the book and likening it to Night Circus without the fantasy aspect.

The harsh cold and hardship of self sufficiency along with the sadness of the parents is brilliantly described, you find yourself wondering what the same diet every day for an entire winter would be like. The two mothers are so different and yet both so real, one blustery and one almost naïve and withdrawn. The sadness of a barren woman and the patience of her husband despite his own loss take the book to a different level. The hardest person to relate to for me is the 'snow child' but it feels as though that's the way it should be.

Overall an ambitious book that achieves it's aim.

Would I buy another? Yes

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