I was lucky enough to receive this really cute little book from Canongate, and I was so excited to start reading!!
‘The Little Snake’ by A.L. Kennedy
4 out of 5 stars
‘This is the story of Mary, a young girl born in a beautiful city full of rose gardens and fluttering kites. When she is still very small, Mary meets Lanmo, a shining golden snake, who becomes her very best friend. The snake visits Mary many times, he sees her city change, become sadder as bombs drop and war creeps in. He sees Mary and her family leave their home, he sees her grow up and he sees her fall in love. But Lanmo knows that the day will come when he can no longer visit Mary, when his destiny will break them apart, and he wonders whether having a friend can possibly be worth the pain of knowing you will lose them.’
The little snake was a really cute parable-like-tale of a girl, Mary, and a snake, Lamno, who she befriends. Lamno visits Mary at various points in her life, and at first the world is seen through the innocence that is childhood and new friendships, however, later life becomes bleak. The world around the two friends changes, with wealth and power causing damage to the place that Mary calls home. A place of freedom and kite flying is now no-more, so lamno decides to guide Mary to a place where what once was can be had again.
This story shows how people and world change over time, and is rooted in lots of symbolism: freedom, hope, family, and love. Mary is the symbol of good, whereas Lamno is symbolic of much more. He is the symbol of death, yet he shows kindness to those in their last moments, and love to his friend Mary. Yet this is juxtaposed by his crueller side, as he delves out punishment to those who deserve it the most.
Have you read this book? Let me know in the comments!