Philip Rhayader lives alone in an abandoned lighthouse on the desolate Great Marsh of Essex. One afternoon, a hauntingly beautiful child, Fritha, visits Rhayader, bringing with her an injured snow goose. At first, Fritha is scared of Rhayader, with his sinister hump and crooked hand, but he is gentle and kind and Fritha begins to visit regularly. ...
Philip Rhayader lives alone in an abandoned lighthouse on the desolate Great Marsh of Essex. One afternoon, a hauntingly beautiful child, Fritha, visits Rhayader, bringing with her an injured snow goose. At first, Fritha is scared of Rhayader, with his sinister hump and crooked hand, but he is gentle and kind and Fritha begins to visit regularly. When the snow goose departs for home, Rhayader is left alone again. The following winter, the snow goose and Fritha return to the lighthouse. Time passes and one year Fritha is frightened to discover her feelings for Rhayader. But this is 1940 and Rhayader is setting sail for Dunkirk to help the soldiers trapped on the beaches. Fritha never sees Rhayader again. But the story of the saviour with the snow goose passes from soldier to soldier and into legend...
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Angela Barret. New in New jacket. Book Condition: NEW 2007 McClelland & Stewart (UK) hardcover (pictorial boards) & DJ (in mylar jacket), first printing. Content: A stunning new edition of 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. A new feature film will be released in the coming year. Beautifully written, with a powerful ending, and breathtakingly illustrated, this is an exquisite edition of Gallico's masterpiece. [3 copies available]
I found the reviews about this book on this site helpful when I obtained it to read for a book discussion at Joclyn Art Museum. I found the book very moving and powerful as did everyone at the Book Event, which was then tied to art on display. The group discussion led to much information shared by the group which expanded the power of the book. This book certainly deserves a 5 star rating.
Nov 6, 2008
The Snow Goose
I love this book. I had a copy and somehow lost it. I was glad to get another copy. It is so easy but also so touching.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-08-27 The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico returns with new illustrations by Angela Barrett. Set in England against the backdrop of WWII and first published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1940, the story centers on the relationship between a British girl and an older recluse as they nurse an injured goose back to health. Gallico's work, exploring friendship, bravery, patriotism and loss, has captivated several generations of readers and inspired two films. (Knopf, $17.99 48p ages 12-up ISBN 9780-375-849787; Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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