On the desolate Essex marshes, a young girl, Fritha, comes to seek help from Philip Rhayader, a recluse who lives in an abandoned lighthouse. She carries in her arms a wounded snow goose that has been storm-tossed across the Atlantic from Canada. Fritha is frightened of Rhayader, but he is gentler than his appearance s...more
Along with Old Yeller, Call of the Wild, White Fang, Charlotte's Web, the Snow Goose, Gentle Ben, and Thomasina, all part of my adolescent animal-based literary fantasy world.
The fact that this was published in April 1941, at a time of massive German air raids on Lond...more
He lived and worked there alone the year round. He was a painter of birds and of nature, who, for reasons, had withdrawn from all human society. Some of the reas...more
The message of The Snow Goose is clearly, never fall in love with brave cripp...more
This book is really to hard to write about. Very personal to me - the emotional plane is really deep and the characters are well-developed.
The book is about an artist, living in a solitary lighthouse - Philip Rhayader, a local girl - Fritha, their friendship symbolized by the wounded bird...more
In both stories, Gall...more
When I read - actually, listened to - The Snow Goose, I was struck by the use of language that would generally be considered politically incorrect or simply offensive in my white western ableist world. However, in accepting the story as told in context, I am convinced that this lan...more
Hence you will look like something that has been dragged through an infinite morass of tears, the futility of war, human cruelty, love and romantic heartbreak.
Your friends will wonder what the hell happened.
Especially since it's your birthday.
And you saved this book, as it was an early gift, especially to read over breakfast on your birthday morning.
And now you are a snivelling mess.
I would have loved to quote here some memorable Little Prince-like passages but a prohibition runs in the opposite page of the inside title. So this is the one I shall quote:
"Copyright 1940 by The Curtis Publishing Company. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publis...more
Short and sparse, it is a beautiful story, and would be enjoyed by young and old alike. It reminded me of listening to stories being read to me, and the pure enjoyment of the imagination filling in the setting and the detail.
An old recluse is befriended by a young girl who sees in him the ability to nurse to health a Canadian snow goose. As the bird heals, the relationship between the two grows, and their shared love of the bird and the natu...more
You wonder what the inspiration for the story was; why for years it was sold as a Christmas gift. A very real strength is the dialog, which provides a sense of immediacy.
"'im at the tiller just looks up at the goose, wiv the rope in 'is teeth...more
He meets a girl who knows of his love of wild animals, and brings him an injured snow goose.
Written in 1941, the story finds the old man going to participate in the evacuation from Dunkirk. He doesn't come back, but the girl and the goose are left.
The book is now in its 21st printing. Apparently, it is well loved. It is a very s...more
He went to school in the public schools of New York, and in 1916 went to Columbia University. He graduated in 1921 with a Bachelor of Science degree, having lost a year and a half due to World War I. He then worked for the National Boar...more