I can’t help feeling surprised every time I go to the public library and I discover that they have a certain book I want to read, and I am more than astonished when one of those books is in the English section. They are purchasing a lot of books that have been published more or less recently, and despite all the books that I have in my “to be read” pile, I always get one book or two in English when I visit the library.
I knew The snow child because Leander wrote that kind of review that makes you need to read the book, and it has been a great recommendation because this tale is a special one that makes you live for a while in another world.
Mabel and Jack are a middle-aged couple that have decided to earn a living in Alaska in the 1920s. They don’t have any children and don’t know anybody there, so they try to work alone that hard and cold land unsuccessfully before realizing that there are other people living there that are keen to help each other. Perhaps Jack and Mabel have been so lonely all their lives that they haven’t got to know that winter is not so cold when you can share the hard work in the forest, and also the hot meal at the end of the day; that’s totally new for them but it changes their lives.
One night after visiting their neighbours (a neighbor there meant that they live a few miles away from them), it starts snowing and the couple make a beautiful snow girl in their yard, to discover the next morning that the snow girl is gone but a little child has appeared in the forest. She visits them from time to time, getting some animals and fruits for them as presents, and even though they are very worried about her being alone in the winter, the girl never stops for a long time in their cabin and seems to know the forest as well as the palm of her hand. But this child only appears when they both are alone and their neighbours think they are getting some kind of sickness in that isolated place.
This is a little tale in which the reader just doesn’t know if the child is real or not, but it doesn’t really matter because you see that the main characters, Jack and Mabel, find a new beginning just by loving that child as if she were their own, thinking that they are not alone in this world. And this is a relief, because in the first chapter of the book Mabel is about to commit suicide in the river near their lands.
Besides these few charming characters, the location is also important in the story since the author creates a unique atmosphere there in Alaska with small villages where the pioneers tried to get a new beginning far away from their homes; a place where everything is possible, even to create a child of the first snow of the year. And you won’t believe it, but when I was reading the book in my village, the weather changed and was quite cold for a couple of days, making me wonder if Mabel, Jack and the child would appear there in the mountains.
The snow child is an emotional story you will love.
Other reviews of this book:Goodreads Keep calm and read 20 books in English: 14/20