The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Book - 2014
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A heartbroken man turns to religion after seeing a vision in the sky above Central Park while his musician brother takes drugs he thinks will help him compose a ballad for his seriously ill wife.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374266325
Branch Call Number: CUNNINGHA M
Characteristics: 258 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 22, 2015

Remember how Seinfeld prided itself on being about nothing? But it was still funny most of the time?

This book is a profoundly unfunny Seinfeld book about nothing. The characters were blah, nothing happened and the title appeared to have absolutely no relationship to anything actually in the book.

Jul 21, 2014

Not quite to my taste

Michael Colford Jun 15, 2014

Michael Cunningham is a talented writer, and his prose is always a joy to read, but in his latest novel, The Snow Queen, I felt the story wasn't quite fully realized. There are some intriguing ideas -- around life, death, love, siblings, success, songwriting, caring -- but it's unclear what it all amounts to.

Still, despite a slow start, Cunningham's latest novel builds nicely and the threads do start to come together nicely in the last quarter of the book. Sadly, a Michael Cunningham novel only comes along once every few years, so it's disappointing when they don't all reach the heights that his previous work does. Definitely worth a read.


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