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When she appears on their doorstep as a little girl, wild and secretive, their lives are changed forever. Alaska, a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for a couple who have never been able to conceive. Jack and Mabel are drifting apart—he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. The next morning the snow child is gone, but they catch sight of an elusive, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.

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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 story speak for itself?

Jack and Mabel is a couple that love each other unconditionally and yet, their life together is tarnished by the absence of a child. A tough place to begin again, one may say, but I believe that we are often in need of a shock, in need of a drastic change of environment, to look upon our lives under a new light, to attempt to correct our wrongs or chase our fears away.

It is not easy. Far from it. And it is not easy for our protagonists either. But most of all, darkness. Darkness so complete even the pale-lit hours would be chocked. Then, one cold, beautiful, snowy evening, she and Jack decide to let themselves become children again, and a miracle happens.

A beautiful child starts visiting them. No more about the plot, we are treading on thin ice here. Let us turn our focus to the characters. The way Ivey has created the relationship between Jack and Mabel is astonishing. It is a love that is realistic. Jack is like a rock that supports Mabel in her every step, Mabel is tenderness, determination and the sole reason he keeps on going.

Mabel adds to the ambiguity of the narration. There is an intense feeling of uncertainty, especially in the first half of the story. Is she a reliable narrator? What is this young girl that seems to appear out of nowhere? Is she a forest child spirit? A creature of winter?

Or is she a human child of flesh and blood with an unquenched, primeval instict of survival? The characters that move in the periphery of the action are quite interesting in their own merit. Aside from Faina, Esther and Garrett occupy much of the plot. Esther is a solid character, a strong woman, as strong as the harsh landscape. Garrett takes on quite a distinctive role during the second half of the novel. Ivey writes her tale in a language of impeccable beauty, creating immediate images in the mind of a reader, with a vividness that takes you away, carrying you into the heart of the story.

The characters jump out of the page, you are able to smell and feel the wintry air on your face, the aroma of the cold and the fur trees. You can feel the softness of the snow, the crispiness of a newly - formed snowball, the heat from the woodstove and its cozy light around the wooden cabin. Life is always throwing us this way and that. It is sad, hopeful and sensitive, its characters are people like us.

It is an example of how exciting can the mixture of realism and magic realism become when done right. It is a creation of love, nature, darkness and light. A creation of persistance and strength, of all those elements we encounter in our daily lives, those we adopt and the dark ones that we try to scare away. The way I see it, these are the ingredients of a beautiful, classic story. The Snow Child.

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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 story speak for itself? Jack and Mabel is a couple that love each other unconditionally and yet, their life together is tarnished by the absence of a child. A tough place to begin again, one may say, but I believe that we are often in need of a shock, in need of a drastic change of environment, to look upon our lives under a new light, to attempt to correct our wrongs or chase our fears away. It is not easy. Far from it.

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Share via Email A house buried in snow in the fishing town of Cordova, Alaska. Source of "precious gold" and dreams, as the state song has it, or breeding ground of people like Sarah Palin, who high-five after shooting a caribou for fun? Her love for the landscape shines through, too. Mabel, born in Pennsylvania, is facing her second winter up north, and she is wilting in the cold and isolation. Her only pregnancy ended in a stillbirth 10 years ago, and the brisk new life she had hoped to forge here with her husband, Jack, is still tainted by grief. He, exhausted by trying to scratch a living from the wilderness, barely talks and never smiles. One evening, though, their mood lifts, and the couple play in the newly fallen snow.

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