The Snow Goose

The Snow Goose

Book - 1940
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Random House, Inc.
A beloved Children’s classic.

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 suggests and nurses the goose back to health. Over the following months and years, Fritha visits the lighthouse when the snow goose is there. And every summer, when it flies away, Thayader is left alone once more.

The Snow Goose is set in the years running up to the evacuation of Dunkirk in the Second World War. Originally published in 1940 in the Saturday Evening Post, it was brought out in book form the following year by Knopf, Michael Joseph and M&S simultaneously. It won the prestigious O Henry prize that same year and has been continually in print ever since. The Snow Goose has inspired a number of musical scores and albums, has been made into two feature films and moved generations of readers.

Beautifully written, with a powerful ending, The Snow Goose is Gallico’s masterpiece.

Baker & Taylor
Against the backdrop of World War II, friendship develops between a lonely crippled painter and a village girl, when together they minister to an injured snow goose.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1940
1992/08/01
ISBN: 9780771032509
Characteristics: 62 p. ; 18 cm

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mintbutterfly10
Jan 28, 2014

This is a sad, but very compelling story. Short and sweet.

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Bududo
Jan 28, 2014

This is a beautifully told story about a reclusive, but sensitive, hunchback who lives on the coast in England. He tends to wounded wildlife and paints the wild marshlands as a way to escape the cruel towns-folk that tease him because of his deformities. He meets a girl that is very shy as well. In the end, the Dunkirk evacuation resulting in an emotionally intense ending.

ragnew Feb 16, 2012

This is a beautiful tale with WWII as a backdrop. Being a short story, you'll finish it in about half an hour.

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ragnew thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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