Oct 01, 07
Read in July, 2006
I honestly picked this off of the library's "new" shelf because of its title. What the heck is a "snow dog"? Reading the descriptives in the book flap, I found it even more interesting, with promises of survival and new civilization rising from the ashes of our contemporary society, set far into the future. I'm a sucker for that kind of thing, and as it turns out, Doris Lessing writes about it (and just about anything else she tries her hand at) better than most.
To my detriment, I hadn't read anything by Lessing until this book. She's a rare breed in today's literary world, an aged British woman with a fine grasp of the nuances of the English language, awash in a long, long list of quality novels, paperbacks, and other publications that she's released to quiet critical fervor.
I'd heartily recommend this book (and it's prequel, 'Mara and Dann: An Adventure', to anyone who hasn't experienced Lessing's work before. She's a writer who captures both dark and light in ways that expose details I hadn't seen before, at turns haunting and beautiful and at others crushing and sad.