The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham

The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham

by Philip Chavanne

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ISBN-13: 9781628392951
Publisher: Xulon Press
Publication date: 09/30/2013
Pages: 620
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.37(d)

About the Author

The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham
is the first novel by Philip Chavanne,
who traveled for seven years to collect
the stories in this book. Alongside his
wife and his two daughters he manages
a ranch in the Texas Hill Country.

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The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute delight!!! A Huge adventure full of tender mercies, big surprises, vivid rich characters and serious, heart-heavy themes. Loved loved loved it!!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One word: Astonishing I cannot overstate how grande this novel is. Grande in its scope, its execution, and most urgently, grande in its ultimate purpose. Snow and Oakham is as fully-formed a prolonged narrative as any I've ever read. Pure adventure stories typically devolve into work that is merely fantastical or playful, designed for a younger audience. And although adolescents would certainly engage in this story,  it is a serious work. A rousing, sweeping, even charming Odyssey that is at the same time deathly serious. It will engage the young adventurer in all of us, while giving grey hairs like myself much to contemplate about my purpose in this world. I am, quite literally, moved to action after reading it.     I like discovering new authors and I started on it the other day. After one morning my wife starting reading it as well. In the beginning she read in the evening while I read in the mornings and soon it became like a race between us, hogging the tablet whenever we could. I prevailed. It was rewarding to know the fate of these characters for a full hour before my wife did, and to watch her react as the ending unfolded. It surprised me at first that an adventure story could engage her so thoroughly but this book is much more than that.  Young Henry Snow and Jack Oakham are on an adventure certainly, to track down their birthright, but the very idea of what they find, and what they choose to do with it, sums up men the world over. And the world as shown in this novel is explored to an astonishing degree. I can't recall any book that treks deeper into multiple varied cultures around the world.  My wife and I both commented on  something we learned at University in our writing labs. Professors would ask 'What is the setting of this book and how does it help tell the story?' At first glance the orphanage of Tenpenny is the setting of the story. But my wife and I agreed that ultimately the true setting of Snow and  Oakham is the world itself. The Whole World that we humans inhabit. The characters in this story aren't really Americans or Russians or any other nationality but rather citizens of the world. The children of Tenpenny come from everywhere and a great deal of this world is actually seen in the story. Even more is discussed in dialogue. The tapestry includes all men, and all problems that they create. And what my wife and I have found so fascinating is that each of us discovered so many different things to love about this tapestry. What my wife loved most about the book was the character of little Padi and her simple dreams of horses and freedom. She also adored the tenderness of Jack, the struggles in his heart, and the prayerful shepherding of Momma Tom. She was as engaged as I was  but for other reasons. The character of Kolschen was my favorite. There's never been a character like him in all of my reading. I think he only appears on about 30 pages of the book but he embodies something that will stay with me for years, I pray. Now I must discover how to be more like him. The characterization was stunning. The complex people that fill this book felt like old friends of ours. Although so many of the characters are extraordinary, (especially Henry) how they live, what they can do, etc. - my wife and I felt like we knew them and would fit right in among them. We wanted to engage them in the future seasons of their lives.  I actually thought how nice it would be to track down Tip Holland and buy him a stout.   The writing is smooth, intricately detailed, and crystal clear and this style is suited to tell a big story like this one. So much happens that  the transitions must all be smooth, must all build upon each other. The dialogue is razor sharp, cutting, tender, witty and terse. And what  these people are saying to each other ALWAYS matters, even in the few moments when it seems like they're merely joshing. I read many exchanges again and again to dig deeper and was constantly glad that I did. But despite the writer's style and talents - the writing itself was ultimately not what will make this book a first choice among fiction readers. The story alone would do that, even in the hands of a lesser writer.  The story is extraordinary. Every chapter unfolds the pieces of a large tapestry until we are literally looking down at the map of the world and all of the possibilities therein. It is tightly-written - even I'd say, not long enough - for Snow and Oakham could have kept my attention  for much longer than the 660 pages that we are given.  There are at least 3 characters here that deserve a novel of their own.   Snow and Oakham was one of the great literary surprises of the past few years for my wife and I  - and the ending will play over and over in my head for a long time. I sat with the tablet glowing on the last page, awed by the final paragraphs. I passionately recommend it.   A warning however: Although the forces of good in this story are inspiring and sacrificial, when the forces of evil show up they manage to contaminate the very air you breathe. But the showdown doesn't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 This is a novel of novels! The lesson of service, grace and truth is incredibly transparent in this amazing story. What really hits home is the depth and quality of the many adventures in this book and the longing each person has for a grand adventure. Makes you want to go out on your own adventure and experience life however it comes! This story gives you pause to evaluate your own leadership qualities and how you are using those in this crazy world. An excellent read and one of the best books I have read in a very long time.