The Snow Child

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The Snow Child

The Snow Child Alaska 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

  • Title: The Snow Child
  • Author: Eowyn Ivey
  • ISBN: 9780316175678
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 theyAlaska, 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.

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    1. karen on said:

      when i was about one hundred pages from the end of this book, i tugged on greg's sleeve at work, and said, "is this gonna end sad??"and he refused to answer.i think that was a good impulsecause i almost don't wanna review this. this book was such a beautiful journey, and taking place as it does over a number of years, there are naturally high and low points, emotionally. but i'm not going to tell you how it ends up.i will tell you that i VERY NEARLY CRIED early on. like page 42-early.i misted, b [...]

    2. Emily May on said:

      I put off reading The Snow Child because it wasn't something I would have chosen for myself without the extremely positive reviews of other members. If it is not obvious to you from the description alone, then this book is not mostly plot-driven. It's charm is upheld by the characters, the relationships, and the sad, cold mood that seems to permeate the entire novel from open to close. It is the kind of novel that I sometimes have trouble with, the kind not concerned with action or drama, but m [...]

    3. Elyse on said:

      Thank you to the community and my friends -- for the comments of inspiration while I was reading this book. When "The Snow Child" was first released in 2012, other that adoring the books cover, I was sure this book wasn't for me. I'm not sure why or what I thought it was -I just 'passed-it-over'. Well, for what's it's worthI am more than pleasantly surprised to discover how MUCH I LIKE THIS BOOK. I don't seem to remember 'anyone' telling me it was a page turner.The blend of myth and naturalism [...]

    4. Amalia Gavea on said:

      ''There once was an old man and woman who loved each other very much and were content with their lot in life except for one great sadness- they had no children of their own.''I've often read that it is difficult to write a review about books that left you indifferent, distant. I agree, but for me, writing a review about a novel that left me speechless with its beauty is equally hard. Where do words stop? Where should we stop analyzing and dissecting a work of literature and let the power of the [...]

    5. Nataliya on said:

      Once upon a time there lived a childless old couple This is not an uncommon beginning to folk tales, a simple introductory line which can (and in Eowyn Ivey's The Snow Child does) condense into a few simple words the years of pain, sadness, and intense longing for something that nature refused to give despite desperate desire."Where else in life, Mabel wondered, could a woman love so openly and with such abandon?"This is where I saw the strengths of The Snow Child - not in the imagery of Alaskan [...]

    6. Norma on said:

      A magical & classic fairytale story for adults!  (bringing back memories of our childhood)Sister Read Review by Norma & BrendaTHE SNOW CHILD by EOWYN IVEY is a wonderful, heartwarming, sad, and beautifully told bewitching tale based on a Russian fairytale titled "Snegurochka", The Snow Maiden a girl who is believed to be half-human and half made of snow.  This enchanting story had us both asking ourselves was there something magical happening here or not?  Oh, but for us, there defini [...]

    7. Reading Corner on said:

      So this story was beautiful with so many cute and heartbreaking moments. One of the best things in the book is the character development and the developing relationships throughout the story. From the start of the book, I nearly started crying because there was just scenes that were so heart wrenching especially at the end which completely broke my heart.All the characters are perfect in this novel, they all have their faults but just as many strengths and the unexpected romance towards the end [...]

    8. Karen❄️ on said:

      I loved this sweet story! So much heart and a little magic!

    9. Tabetha on said:

      "'There,' he said. He stepped back. Sculpted in the white snow were perfect, lovely eyes, a nose, and small, white lips. She even thought she could see cheekbones and a little chinHow could she speak her surprise? Such delicate features. formed by his calloused hands, a glimpse at his longing. Surely, he too, had wanted childreney believed that someday their Christmas mornings would reel with running children and squeals of delight. She sewed a small stocking of their firstborn and he sketched p [...]

    10. Nathan on said:

      It's truly gratifying to come across a book that evokes the senses to such a degree that its flavor is brought to the palate. Such is the case with Eowyn Ivey's debut novel, The Snow Child. Infused with aspects of pine boughs, mountain herbs, woolen mittens and inspired by happenstance, it breathes new life into an old Russian children's tale Ivey stumbled upon in her bookstore.We come to know of aging Jack and Mabel through their childless sorrows, playful intense love and survivalist fortitude [...]

    11. Kris on said:

      This is a beautifully written book. The Snow Child is inspired by the Russian folktale in which a childless elderly couple make a snowchild that comes to life as a young girl. Ivey's use of the folktale is multilayered and inventive, and works very well in the book's setting of Alaska in the 1920s.I cared about the characters, but I especially loved the depictions of the Alaskan wilderness throughout the seasons. The novel also pays homage to freedom and individuality, while at the same time cel [...]

    12. Lindsay on said:

      4 stars! I truly enjoyed the experience of reading this beautifully written book! The author, Eowyn Ivey, has an unbelievably unique and astounding way with words. She paints such a clear picture that draws the reader right into the snow filled fields of the Alaskan homestead. I was completely engrossed in Jack and Mabel's love story. The struggles they endured as a couple only made their bond stronger as husband and wife. I had endless sympathy for them as I witnessed their vulnerabilities as s [...]

    13. Arah-Lynda on said:

      This incredibly beautiful story was inspired by and tenderly envelopes an Old Russian folktale. One evening an elderly, childless couple build a girl out of snow. Come morning it is missing, leaving faint footprints, from where the snow child once stood. Set deep in the Alaskan wilderness, the environment is like a mirror on our couple, one that Ivey breathes life into, through the many seasons of this tale. I loved the stark, majestic beauty of the always there and always demanding landscape.Ou [...]

    14. Nandakishore Varma on said:

      There is a special kind of emptiness in a marriage, when both the partners long for a child without success. Their private moments change from solitude to loneliness: intimate chatter degenerates into monosyllables before ultimately descending into dark silence. The carefree laughter of a child, the picture of a smiling cherubic face, or the pitter-patter of small feet on the road all become exquisite torture - reminders of some esoteric happiness forever out of reach.I know I have been there.It [...]

    15. Matt on said:

      With her sensational debut novel, Eowyn Ivey offers readers a healthy dose of rural Alaskan life balanced with a story that pulls on the heartstrings. Mabel and Jack have come to settle on the Alaskan home-front in the 1920s, having left behind the busy Pennsylvania lifestyle to which they had become accustomed. Childless and in their 50s, Jack and Mabel are forced to forge their own way and subsist on whatever they can accumulate. While Jack toils away on their land, Mabel’s idle time is spen [...]

    16. Sara on said:

      The Snow Child is based on an ancient Russian fairy tale, and like any good fairy tale, it touches the edges between what is real and what is imagined. Eowyn Ivey commands the language in such a beautiful, moving way, that it would almost not matter if the story was not spectacular. But, never fear, she couples all that almost poetic language with a story that is moving and captivating and mysterious. This is the kind of magical realism I can buy into. It is like good slight of hand, you cannot [...]

    17. Angela M on said:

      Is she real or is this just a fairy tale ? It didn't matter - the writing is just so amazing ! I felt the brutal cold , saw the landscape , felt the deep pain of Mabel & Jack and loved Faina . This will stay with me for a long time .

    18. Scarlet on said:

      “No warm blood in me doth glow,Water in my veins doth flow;Yet I’ll laugh and sing and playBy frosty night and frosty day–Little daughter of the Snow.“But whenever I do knowThat you love me little, thenI shall melt away again.Back into the sky I’ll go–Little daughter of the Snow.” - An extract from Little Daughter of the Snow by Arthur Ransome.You can read the short story here.This book it's a dream. An unhurried, ethereal, captivating dream - so captivating, that I cleared out my [...]

    19. Linda Robinson on said:

      Amazing talent, beautifully delivered. This is a five sense book, and maybe a sixth and seventh as well. I could hear a bull moose snorting, swan screaming, snow crunching, river ice cracking. I could taste moose meat for the thirtieth and 100th time; smell wet wool and blood, birch fire and moonshine. I could touch the two-man saw, feel the weight of an ax, and the tiny threads of intricate embroidery. And always, always the snow and the earth beneath. I could see rows and rows of crops growing [...]

    20. Brenda on said:

      This was a sister read with Norma. We did the review together and posted it on her reviews.If you are interested it can also be found on our blog as well twogirlslostinacouleereadi

    21. knig on said:

      Poor Eowyn Ivey. Well, not literally. This novel probably secures her pension annuity better than anyone else’s. Its Big (both novel, hence, pension). But if she is the woman I suspect she is, she’s likely twisting and turning at night over how she botched a masterpiece and brought a spectacular turn to heel.Of course any reference to ‘masterpiece’ is biased. One man’s meat and another’s poison applies. But. There is something, something, about screwing around with childhood folklore [...]

    22. Dem on said:

      The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey is a wonderful fairytale for adults(and whoever fancies it) set against the harsh backdrop of 1920s Alaska. Sometimes a little of what you fancy does you good ! And so I fancied a fairytale and it did me the world of good!!!This is the story of Jack and Mabel a childless couple who move to Alaska to farm and to etch a living from the harsh and frozen land. A man and woman set in their ways, Jack the stubborn sort who is too proud to ask for help and Mabel who fears f [...]

    23. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)* on said:

      I, is for Ivey5 StarsI'll let you in on a little secret *shhhhh* I love fairy tales, and the darker they are the better I like them. There is something so intriguing to me about the extremity of these stories, they appeal my twisted little brain. Oftentimes in darker, Grimm-style tales the punishment is so unsuitable for the indiscretion. It reminds me of "Hannibal" and his penchant for serving up people who are rude to him for dinner. So EXTREME, so deliciously *snicker* finite. I mention the a [...]

    24. Jennifer on said:

      “In my old age, I see that life itself is often more fantastic and terrible than the stories we believed as children, and that perhaps there is no harm in finding magic among the trees.” Many Russian folk tales feature a common character known as Snegurochka (the Snow Maiden). She is the daughter of the immortal Gods: Father Frost and Mother Spring, and she usually goes to live with humans to care for an elderly couple who have no children. Some folk tales feature her as a girl unable to kno [...]

    25. Charlotte May on said:

      "It was beautiful, Mabel knew, but it was a beauty that ripped you open and scouted you clean so that you were left helpless and exposed, if you lived at all."What a beautiful, harsh and wintry tale! An odd pick for me to read in June/July but I felt like I was right there in deepest Alaska, with the powerful landscapes and dark winters. Mabel and Jack have never been able to have children, since they had a still born baby. Escaping their grief and the stares of those around them, they move to r [...]

    26. Wendy Darling on said:

      4.5 shining stars Utterly, utterly gorgeous. Review to come.

    27. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : The Snow Child - Nevisande : Eowyn Ivey - ISBN : 316175676 - ISBN13 : 9780316175678 - Dar 386 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    28. Aubrey on said:

      I'm puzzled as to why this isn't considered Young Adult. Well, more of an eyebrow raise of sardonic 'Really? You're going to go that way?', for I have a pretty good idea of why this was pushed up into the adult realm. I simply don't agree with the argument for such.Now, I adore new renditions of old tales as a matter of principle, for a host of reasons ranging from the past being a foreign and sometimes hateful country, to a childhood lust for urban fantasy that I never quite outgrew. Any story [...]

    29. Amanda on said:

      Poignant, melancholy and slow-moving, The Snow Child probably isn't for everyone and I'll admit that it probably would have been a 3 1/2 star if I hadn't read it at such a seasonally appropriate time. With temperatures in the single digits, the wind whipping outside, and my part of the world brought to a halt by the "wintry mix" falling from the sky, this was the perfect book to curl up with and therefore I'm tacking on that extra half star anyway.Well past middle-age, Jack and Mabel strike out [...]

    30. Carol on said:

      Evokes a strong sense of placee frigid and unforgiving Alaskan landscape. Charming and magical story. I'm not a fan of fantasy novels so I was surprised at just how much I loved this book. All the characters were well developed, likable and their relationships with each other were tender and loving. I especially enjoyed Esther, their salty but lovable "Ma Kettle" like neighbor. She provided lively, laugh out loud moments in an otherwise gentle and restrained fairy tale.

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