The Ice Queen

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If he is able to form the word the Snow Queen told him to spell she will release him from her power and give him a pair of skates. Gerda runs up to Kai and kisses him, and he is saved by the power of her love: Gerda weeps warm tears on him, melting his heart and burning away the troll-mirror splinter in it. As a result, Kai bursts into tears, which dislodge the splinter from his eye, and becomes cheerful and healthy again.

He remembers Gerda, and the two dance around so joyously that the splinters of ice Kai had been playing with are caught up into the dance. When they tire of dancing the splinters fall down to spell "eternity," the very word Kai was trying to spell. Kai and Gerda leave the Snow Queen's domain with the help of the reindeer, the Finn woman, and the Lapp woman. They meet the robber girl, and from there they walk back to their home. Kai and Gerda find that everything at home is the same and that it is they who have changed; they are now grown up, and are also delighted to see that it is summertime.

Andersen met Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind in , and fell in love with her, but she was not interested in him romantically although the two became friends. According to Carole Rosen, Andersen was inspired to model the icy-hearted Snow Queen on Lind after she rejected him as a suitor.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. This article is about the fairy tale. For other uses, see Snow Queen disambiguation. The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories. Erik Christian Haugaard. United States: Anchor Books. Retrieved 3 December In Matthew, H.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved April 1, Wizart Animation. Retrieved 23 December Archived from the original on Retrieved The Guide to Musical Theatre. Steele Spring Stage Rights. The New York Times. New York City. TownHall Records. Archived from the original on 24 February Retrieved 25 April The Independent. Retrieved 29 January Retrieved 29 September Retrieved on 21 July Her perception of the world around her changes, she begins to notice elements of magic around her, and she develops new relationships. After being frozen by her mother's death, the fire of the lightning strike eventually turns her into a real person.

This is the kind of midlist book that is exactly clever enough to sustain one reading club session, but no more. For example, after the lightning strike the nameless protagonist loses the ability to see the color red she sees it, nonsensically, as white. She embarks on a torrid love affair, which has no effect on her, but when she seals a real friendship, suddenly she can see red again.


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Gee, I wonder what that means. I found myself irritated by the implausibility of the details. The protagonist's brother is supposed to be a meteorologist but he gives a paper on fairy tales and chaos theory I don't think Hoffman knows what this is at a meteorology conference and is received with a standing ovation. I don't go to a lot of meteorology conferences, but I'm pretty sure this wouldn't happen. One character is supposed to be majoring in architecture, which involves building models of Greek temples, like in the seventh grade. And the library stuff! View 1 comment.

Nov 21, Chana rated it really liked it Shelves: american , trippy-fiction , better-romance. Exquisite, I really love Alice Hoffman's writing, all that magic, beauty and love she puts into it makes it something to savor. We have to deal with a significant amount of pain in this one as well, as a little girl who is burdened with the guilt of believing that she has caused her mother's death begins the process of learning to feel again through the cataclysmic event of getting hit by lightening when she is an adult. Weather often plays a large part of Alice Hoffman's stories, it really is a Exquisite, I really love Alice Hoffman's writing, all that magic, beauty and love she puts into it makes it something to savor.

Weather often plays a large part of Alice Hoffman's stories, it really is a magic phenomenon, and this story is no exception. I have lived in Florida and Alice describes Florida's weather so well. As she says, "no outsider could be prepared for Florida. And it is so random, in a world where we persist in thinking that if we do things right then the bad things won't happen to us. Sometimes what we think is bad though turns out for the good, and our control is illusory anyway.

I write the above because if you're tempted to abandon the book before you get to the end as I did , you'll be cheating yourself out of an amazing, meaningful, and completely touching personal journey that will totally bring you to tears. Sometimes, you have to stick with a book, as you might stick with a precocious but bratty child, to come out rewarded on the other side. View all 3 comments. Apr 30, Jen Jen Talks Audiobooks rated it really liked it Shelves: books-i-own-print , read-in-print , adult , contemporary , women-authors. This book made me realise that I do believe in magic as a real thing.

The "magical realism" part of it didn't seem fictional to me. Hoffman intersperses a lot of philosophical musings about self-identity and value throughout this story. It's a reflection of the fairy tales she references in the book, full of a melancholy darkness that ends well despite the cost. It's the journey of someone who thinks she did something unforgivable to her self-acceptance upon realising that she can't control ever This book made me realise that I do believe in magic as a real thing.

It's the journey of someone who thinks she did something unforgivable to her self-acceptance upon realising that she can't control everything. Or anything. It is so well written that I had to notate several quotes. And most interesting about Hoffman's writing, for me, is how much she says without saying it. It's like she writes a box around a feeling or a occurrence and frames it without ever really touching it directly.

Why should it be up to me to touch anyone's life, guide someone right rather than left, off the road instead of on? Get involved and you made mistakes.

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Who knows where our advice, interest, love might lead? Start and it might be impossible to stop. I didn't have any space for anything more than I was already carrying. May 11, Janet rated it really liked it. I like fairy tales and this book was full of fairy tale references - the story itself is really a fairy tale. It is short and it is a quick read.

I had great trouble warming to most of the main characters but this was meant to be. The last pages made me cry because, in the end, I really felt for those same characters. Any book that elicits tears deserves, I've decided, the full 4 stars. One small problem I had with the copy I read - someone made the bad decision to put a review on the cover that included the comment "An electrifying novel" Aug 06, Mmars rated it really liked it.

How does one go from giving three stars to a Booker prize winner to giving this inconsequential book a four star rating? First, tell a story well. Second, describe everything vividly and throw in a little wisdom. Third, be the kind of book one is looking for. I was looking for a page-turning escape and I got it.

She refrains from intimacy and closes her heart to the world. Thankfully, her four years older brother provides security in home and employment in their adult years for her psychological state teeters on the edge. When she is struck by a lightning ball her focus of fascination shifts to lightning survivors who have died and come back to life, due in part to her participation in a study her brother is leading at a Florida university.

And it is through other survivors that she is able to recover from her traumas and accept both life and death.

The Snow Queen

It is winter and ice in New Jersey when her mother dies and summer and heat in Florida when she has her affair with Lazarus Jones, a lightning strike survivor. She is ice, he is fire. Their lovemaking is pure trashy magical realism. Hoffman has some surprising and brilliant denouements in the book, so to say more would likely spoil the fun. Be forewarned, this book is a bit of Highlander romance and a little more depth could have been added here and there to raise its literary value.

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There are, however, a number of themes running through it and enough food for thought for me to recommend it to the right readers. Aug 20, Jake rated it really liked it. I just read this really great book by Alice Hoffman. It's titled The Ice Queen. From the get-go I was hooked. Hoffman has the knack for creating a narrative that is compelling.

The main character, who remains nameless through the whole book, is a woman obsessed with death. As a young girl, she gets mad at her mom as she is driving away. It is the dead of winter and the next day, the young girl wakes up to find that her mom was killed in a car accident I just read this really great book by Alice Hoffman. It is the dead of winter and the next day, the young girl wakes up to find that her mom was killed in a car accident. Florida is the lightning capital of the world. The woman is fascinated by lightning.

So fascinated she wonders what it would be like to be struck by it. So she wishes, out loud, that she would be struck by lightning. It happens. Hoffman describes the effects of lightning strikes on people. The narrator, for instance, can no longer see red after she is struck. She is fascinated by him because he could be someone that would not be affected by her death wishes. An odd romance ensues between the narrator and Lazarus. There is more but I will not spoil it for you. It is really a story about the redemptive power of love. I loved how Hoffman made the surreal and the real entwine.

It felt like a magical book but there really was no magic in it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Jodi Picoult or other authors like her. Well, I'll be damned. For years, I've been avoiding Alice Hoffman, because, you know Sandra Bullock.

As it turns out, I love her! Alice Hoffman, that is. And I now officially have 50 favorite books. I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. I loved her writing, it's beautiful.

The Ice Queen

I love that the supernatural was introduced discretely. I loved that the main character was a librarian and that her favorite Grimm tale was Goose girl, just like me. I didn't felt depressed like so many other readers felt. I fell in love with her storytelling. I am looking forward to exploring her other works, I only fear to read some of them because I have as a translation in Portuguese. But I could I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book.


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  • But I could tell by the first 30 pages that she would become a favorite author. This book centers around a woman who was always slightly different. The action becomes to unravel after she is struck by lightning. Her story is told in the first person. It can make you feel that you are reading a fairy tale for adults. It has a mystical element without overwhelmed it.

    Dec 30, Karina rated it liked it. I read some of the reviews and I agree with the likes and dislikes. Overall it was interesting and good. Was a bit repetitive and I skimmed a few pages but I like the authors way of seeing things. It was an unexpected love story. Nov 27, Tilbatilba rated it did not like it Recommended to Tilbatilba by: A friend. I loathed this book.

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    According to a snippet from a "Times" review on the front cover, it is meant to be a wonderfully erotic love story. It is neither erotic nor a wonderful love story as far as I'm concerned! The main character is a bitter and twisted librarian. She has good reasons for being bitter and twisted. That I don't mind. However her main love interest, Lazarus Jones, is so thinly drawn, that I had zilch interest in the love story. The story is part fantasy a fairy tale , which would I loathed this book. The story is part fantasy a fairy tale , which would be OK except that there is no "internal logic".

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    For instance, Lazarus Jones has a very unusual lightening strike side affect: his body is extremely hot. In fact so hot, you can't imagine how the the heroine and he could have had sexual relations without her ending up in a burns unit, and yet she seems to get by without too many difficulties. Maybe some readers just accept this rot and run with it, but I just couldn't suspend disbelief. A lot of the writing is cliched and just plain silly. A friend recommended this book to me as she knows I'm an Alice Munroe fan. I've also read that if you like one of these authors you're sure to like the other.

    I don't understand why both North American authors who write about women who share the same given name?? Alice Munroe is a fine writer, while AH just writes drivel as far as I can see based on the reading of two books. Sep 12, Carolyn F. Oh my gosh! The bitterness, hurt, love, yearning, etc all come across so wonderfully. I am for sure going to listen to more of her audiobooks and definitely watch more of her movies. I'll have to do a search for her works and I'm probably going to be pleasantly surprised by all of the movies she's done. Now for the book. A l Audiobook. A little girl makes a wish and everything in her life changes.

    And as she gets older, you'd think the wishes wouldn't exist anymore but if she says something out loud it happens, sometimes with horrible repercussions. Then at the end of this book, you find out maybe it wasn't wishes at all or maybe it was. I love Alice Hoffman 's books. If you like some pretty dark, with glimpses of lightness, books, you'll enjoy her books. Nov 27, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: mod-lit , fantasy. The Ice Queen opens on a common domestic scenario, in which an eight year old, furious because her mother is going out for the evening, petulantly wishes she'd never see her again.

    Of course, wishing can't make it so, but this little girl, an avid reader of fairy tales, believes it can. Her mother's car skidded on ice, and heavily burdened with guilt, the child freezes herself emotionally, growing up a social isolate obsessed with reading and death. Years later, when she idly wishes she'd be str The Ice Queen opens on a common domestic scenario, in which an eight year old, furious because her mother is going out for the evening, petulantly wishes she'd never see her again. Years later, when she idly wishes she'd be struck by lightening, that's exactly what happens.

    The Ice Queen follows her on her long journey as she learns to thaw, little by little, forgiving herself and embracing her life. This is a very unusual novel, one in which the protagonist, who has become a librarian, is never named. She narrates her own story, which incorporates a cop who falls for her, her meteorologist brother Ned and his wife Nina, and a man called Lazarus, another lightening strike survivor who is literally her opposite, so hot that he can boil water by holding it in his mouth.

    There are several embedded mysteries, including Lazarus's true identity and Ned's sudden interest in fairy tales. There is much sensual symbolism, principally built around butterflies, oranges, the color red, but the central motif here is death and the struggle to come to terms with it. True to form, Hoffman's prose is rich and beautiful. Ann Louise Ross.

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