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The snow child : a novel by Eowyn Ivey

The snow child : a novel (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Eowyn Ivey

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Title:The snow child : a novel
Authors:Eowyn Ivey
Info:New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
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The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Author) (2012)

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This was very different from what I usually read, but I enjoyed it. The writing was beautiful and really captured me at the beginning, although I will say the plot dragged quite a bit here and there.

I had no trouble sympathizing with the characters. Their situation was so heartbreaking. But I didn't like the way things were left unresolved, with so many questions unanswered.

But, all in all, worth the read. ( )
  ScribblingSprite | Aug 10, 2015 |
For a long time now I have been having great trouble getting into a good novel, but this really intrigued me so thought I would give it a go.

It's a real slow burner which I'm usually not a fan of, but the scene is set so perfectly that I could read descriptions of the snowy landscape for an age. The story is simple, sweet, and innocent and I found myself getting drawn in very easily, with an immense love for every single character.

I highly recommend this book if you want to be transported to a different land and time. I look forward to when Ivey writes her next novel! ( )
  nikkijayne28 | Aug 1, 2015 |
Lovely, magical. Slow start but after 40 or 50 pages I was hooked. ( )
  susanbooks | Jul 20, 2015 |
Oh this book is simply beautiful! I have no proper words to describe it except enchanting and lyrical, you'd simply get lost in the words while reading.

I won't spoil the story(ok maybe a little) but I will comment on how I feel about them! For the first two parts, the story was going rather smoothly and getting more and more exciting. But for the third part, I think the story kind of.. strayed. I say "stray" not because it went off topic but because it was totally unexpected. Yes yes yes I know stories shouldn't be predictable. It's just that I don't think it went well with the story line so far. Putting the girl in a romantic relationship was cute, really, but marriage was a step too far. Also, I think the ending would have been more sentimental and thought-provoking without the epilogue. Maybe that's just me...

Overall, the book is brilliant. I love love love the characters, the setting(the descriptions are so finely written it felt almost real) and most of all, the author's magically woven words. I absolutely devoured this book and I look forward to doing it again with her next book :) ( )
  novewong | Jul 8, 2015 |
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Ivey, EowynAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arlinghaus, ClaudiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biekmann, LidwienTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chapman, IsabelleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grinde, HeidiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, Marielle NielsenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, ToniTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pareschi, MonicaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ransome, ArthurContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'Wife, let us go into the yard behind and make a little snow girl; and perhaps she will come alive, and be a little daughter to us.'
'Husband' says the old woman, 'there's no knowing what may be. Let us go into the yard and make a little snow girl.'

The Little Daughter of the Snow' by Arthur Ransome
For my daughters, Grace and Aurora
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Mabel had known there would be silence.
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A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska.

Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the raw Alaskan wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, Jack is losing his battle to clear the land, and Mabel can no longer contain her grief for the baby she lost many years before.

The evening the first snow falls, their mood unaccountably changes. In a moment of tenderness, the pair are surprised to find themselves building a snowman - or rather a snow girl - together. The next morning, all trace of her has disappeared, and Jack can't quite shake the notion that he glimpsed a small figure - a child? - running through the spruce trees in the dawn light. And how to explain the little but very human tracks Mabel finds at the edge of their property?

Written with the clarity and vividness of the Russian fairytale from which it takes its inspiration, The Snow Child is an instant classic - the story of a couple who take a child into their hearts, all the while knowing they can never truly call her their own.
L'Alaska , es forêts impénétarables , ses étendues enneigées . Son silence . Sa solitude. Depuis la mort de leur bébé , le marriage de Mabel et Jack n'a plus jamais été le même . Partir vivre sur ces terres inhospitalières paraissait alors une bonne idée . Peu de temps après , une petite fille apparaît près de leur cabane , parfois suivie d'un renard roux tout aussi farouche qu'elle . Qui est elle ? D'où vient elle ? Et si cette petite fille etait la clé de ce Bonheur qu'ils n'attendaient plus ? Inspiré d'un conte traditionnel ruse , la fille de l'hiver est à la fois un roman moderne et intemporel où le réalisme des descriptions n'enlève rien à la poésie d'une histoire merveilleuse ... dans tous les sens du terme.
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Set in Alaska,
A gentle tale about a
Snow child. Or is she?

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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.… (more)

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