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The Snow Queen crawls at snail’s pace – and you wouldn’t want it any other way

A review of The Snow Queen, by Michael Cunningham. He takes 90 pages to describe the first hour of a weekday morning - and it's a joy

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

17 May 2014

9:00 AM

The Snow Queen Michael Cunningham

Fourth Estate, pp.258, £16.99, ISBN: 9780007557677

For all would-be novelists whose stumbling block is that they can’t resist describing every single sensation in depth — the smell of a bedroom, the sound of a door closing, the feel of a sofa, the experience of getting in and out of a bath — and who therefore find it hard to push a plot along, Michael
Cunningham’s new novel is a masterclass. 

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