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The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm (thoughts)

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Palace of the Snow Queen

The Palace of the Snow Queen by Barbara Sjoholm is a travelogue centering around ‘Lapland’ (aka northern Scandinavia) in the winter and on the pure travel level it succeeds wonderfully. Sjoholm has a gift for conjuring up places, and I felt like I was in the dark, breathing that cold air alongside her. As someone who adores winter and currently lives in a subtropical climate, I’m grateful to Sjoholm simply for that. She’s also talented at sketching little scenes, and the humour with which she describes a weeklong dog sledding trip across the tundra in January had me reading sections out loud to my mom while her descriptions of the individuals she meets, both natives and tourists, were both witty and gentle. With her feel for both landscapes and people, she’s clearly an excellent travel writer and The Palace of the Snow Queen would have been excellent if it had…

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