This is almost, but not quite, the whole of the story about a remarkable, wise little girl.
–A. L. Kennedy - The little snake - c.2016
I had no idea what this was about when I first picked it up. It was mentioned to me in passing just I finished a book and because of the wonders of this modern age I could download it straight away and start reading it. So I did.
It is the story of a girl, who meets a snake. A golden snake that talks.
And it is one of those books that I want to describe as charming, but I don’t like to use that word. If I read about a book described as charming it is more likely to put me off reading it. It has connotations of “nice” and other words that don’t really mean anything.
But The little snake is charming in that it is delightful and likeable and endearing, and also there’s that whole snake charming association that just fits.
It is a story about friendship, and love, and poverty and society’s ability to turn its back on its own members.
Supposedly the snake in this story is the snake from The Little Prince, but I’ve never read that so I don’t know about that. I should I suppose, it is another of those classics that gets referenced a lot.