Friday, November 15, 2019

It Never Snows in Snowtown, by Rebecca Zahabi

[F&SF]
★★★☆☆

(Allegory) Although the narrator lives in Snowtown, she learns a lot she never knew simply by taking a tour. (3,884 words; Time: 12m)


"It Never Snows in Snowtown," by (edited by C.C. Finlay), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.651 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The imagery is excellent; Snowtown feels very real. It even feels cheerful, at first, and not particularly cold—as though we’re well bundled-up.

Note: I’m assuming the narrator is female because at one point she visits a public toilet with tampons but no urinals.

The essence of the allegory seems to be that there’s an ugly side to the beautiful world we live in and that we shouldn’t forget it, even if we can’t escape it.

Con: Other than the message, there’s nothing interesting in the story. No action, no tension, no character development.

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