ROAR would like to welcome Tynan King to the ROAR contributor team! Tynan is a freelance writer based in the United Arab Emirates. He will be reviewing a book for our website each month. We are are very excited to have Tynan on board! This months book is below.
Beautiful coastlines are places of love and loss. A case in point is Paul Gallico’s 1940 short novella The Snow Goose. The story documents disfigured artist and lighthouse keeper Philip Rhayader’s relationship with Fritha, a simple village girl, as they nurse a snow goose back to health.
The action peaks when Rhayader sails his boat to Dunkirk to help evacuate British soldiers (click hyperlink) under attack by German forces. But equally important is Fritha’s transition from childhood to adulthood and her heartbreaking realisation.
The first two thirds of the story captures the palette and melody of the Essex coast: “Above the sea and the wind noises he heard a clear, high note.” Then the narrative shifts to the perspective of rescued soldiers whose vernacular and maritime speech authenticate the setting.
Over it all circles the snow goose, it’s “white body and black- tipped pinions shining in the spring sun” a symbol of the WWII world – beautiful but injured – and of Rhayader himself.
At 54 charm-filled pages it’s worth returning to – say every winter, when the birds make their flight.
Link for Snow Goose