The Snow Goose Book Summary and Study Guide

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In a remote corner of England, Philip Rhayader has established a remote home for himself. In his sanctuary, he is free from the society that taunts or pities him for his misshapen form. He stays by his lighthouse and paints birds, eventually developing a type of bird sanctuary on his land. One November day, a young girl, Frith, arrives at the lighthouse with an injured Canadian snow goose in her arms. Philip cares for the goose, and the girl visits the bird each day, until a friendship springs up between Philip and Frith. Each year, as the goose returns to the English lighthouse, Frith also returns to Philip's land to look at the snow goose. The outbreak of the war brings fresh tragedy, as Philip leaves to help in the war effort and Frith returns to lighthouse to look for Philip, not the snow goose. The snow goose, Frith, and Philip seem entangled in a destiny linked to the brutality of the war.
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The review of this Book prepared by A. Antonow

This story is about a man named Philip Rhayader, a disabled man. He is a hero because he has coped with his crippled arm, bent at the rest, like a claw. Rhayader makes friends with a young girl named Frith. This book is physically emotional. The reader feels sympathy for Rhayader and that also makes him a hero. This book was fantastic because it deals with everyday life. I enjoyed so much i read it every year. The reason why it is called 'The Snow Goose' is because Frith bought the snow goose, who was injured, to Rhayader, thus forming a vital role in the story. This is because the snow goose is the reason the two characters met. I would recommend this book to anyone!!!
The review of this Book prepared by LiL-B-Ro

This slim, quick read has been a sentimental favorite for decades (and dramatized several times in video). The child Frith brings an injured snow goose to a reclusive, middle-aged, hunchbacked artist named Philip Rhayader, who lives on the edge of the marshes and sea and nurses the wounded bird. The two very different persons become friends, watch each other age and change, and seasons turn. The world goes to war, and Britain's soldiers barely escape the Nazis at Dunkirk. Gallico writes sweet and allusive prose, sensitive to human feelings and to nature.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Animal story    -   Yes Kind of animal:    -   bird Life of a profession:    -   artist Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II Lover is    -   much younger/older

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Water?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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