The Snow Goose, by Paul Gallico, is a beautifully written classic novella. It’s been 25 years since I first read it, and I loved it even more with this reread. It’s a poignant story about a disabled artist who has withdrawn from the world and is living in an abandoned lighthouse on the coast of Essex. A young girl brings him an injured snow goose she found, and as they care for the healing bird, they become friends. It is also a story of war and courage, and when Rhayader, the artist, hears that thousands of allied troops are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, he heads off in his small boat to help with the evacuation.
Some have criticized this book as being too sentimental. I thought the language was straightforward and very powerful…it is a story that is elegant and timeless in its simplicity, and with an ending that is haunting.