maandag 31 augustus 2015

Michael Cunningham: The Snow Queen


The Snow Queen is my last novel of the month. It has 256 pages and I got it from Bol.
Tomorrow I start work again!

This last review of the month will be short so I can still include it in this month’s Wrap Up.

 “Michael Cunningham’s luminous novel begins with a vision. It’s November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn’t believe in visions—or in God—but he can’t deny what he’s seen.
At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett’s older brother, a struggling musician, is trying—and failing—to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will not be merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.
Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.”

I loved this novel.

The prose is beautiful, subtle and sentimental but certainly not dramatic. It’s full of empathy for every character in the novel. His descriptions are very vivid and they make everything seem interesting.

The story moves ever forward and there are times you almost need a breather and you want to stop and think about what you’ve just read.

The characters are amazing and come to life while reading. Cunningham gives us lots of details about their lives, their situations and their surroundings in general.

These characters are never judged for their ideas, their wrongdoings or their actions. I could understand why they do what they do or say what they do.

The novel is about so little and yet it holds so much.
Truly and most definitely recommended.

Happy reading.