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This review is from: The Snow Child (Kindle Edition)
Fantastic and yet gritty story about life in the wilds of Alaska.
An elderly couple struggle for survival in a harsh pioneer ootpost surrounded by the fierce beauty of the forests and mountains. It is not just survival of the fittest but the reviving of the imaginative forces which actually sustains the inner life.
As Mable and Jack slog it out, Mable remembers her lost child who died at birth. Unable to forgive Jack for his stolidity and lack of true support, Mabel finds she must learn to love again.
It is interesting that the book depicts an elderly couple with an active love life which affirms their identity as a couple in such harsh and freezing surroundings.
This comes in the form a beauteous waif who appears from nowhere and is as unreal as the melting snows, and yet seems to exhibit a fierce worldliness in her control of the inhospitable landscape she inhabits.
A fairy story weaves in and out of hunting and trapping and dirt framing.
Jack and Mabel are reborn from their suffering again and again as they learn to master the farm and Mabel learns to incorporate her delicacy and intellectual force into daily life.
A very unusual book which strays away from sentiment despite its deep pathos and humanity.