The Snow Goose

The Snow Goose

Book - 1968
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The moving wartime story of friendship and heroism, set against the dramatic backdrop of the World War II Battle of Dunkirk

In the marshes of Essex, one of the last wild places left in England, a disfigured artist lives alone in an abandoned lighthouse. Shunned by society, he spends his days painting scenes of the coast and the birds that migrate to the meadowlands every winter. His days are solitary until one November afternoon, a young girl from a nearby village comes to his door carrying a wounded snow goose in her arms. The unlikely pair develop a friendship that deepens over the ensuing years, waiting together for the arrival of the birds every autumn.

In 1940, with England at war, the birds depart early from the shores. The man, too, is called away by his duty as an Englishman to help evacuate the soldiers stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk. A moving tale of love, war, bravery, and sacrifice.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, c1968.
ISBN: 9780394445939
0394445937
Branch Call Number: Gal
Characteristics: 57 p. ; 19 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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