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Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
Snow Falling on Cedars
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner AwardAmerican Booksellers Association Book of the Year AwardSan Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American... show more
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner AwardAmerican Booksellers Association Book of the Year AwardSan Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.  In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.  Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense-- one that leaves us shaken and changed."Haunting.... A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper."--Los Angeles Times"Compelling...heartstopping. Finely wrought, flawlessly written."--The New York Times Book Review
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679764021 (067976402X)
ASIN: 067976402X
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 460
Edition language: English
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Carpe Librum
Carpe Librum rated it
3.5 Review: Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
I'm still trying to decide if I owe my book club an apology for suggesting this one. On one hand, this novel includes an interesting snippet of history and some beautiful descriptions of the Pacific northwest. On the other, I almost added it to my just-keep-skimming shelf because I couldn't get over...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
3.0 Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
The novel has been compared to To Kill a Mockingbird and there are similarities in plot and theme--but I have to say I wouldn't compare the the two--Guterson's novel just isn't anywhere near as powerful as Harper Lee's classic novel. The novel is set in 1954 in Washington State and involves the mu...
hpagano
hpagano rated it
4.0 Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
Thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Some real moments of beauty and suspense. I've read better word crafters, but Guterson creates an incredibly compelling ambiance, into which the characters and situations are woven to produce an organic, seamless whole.
Cynically Sweet (Booklikes)
Cynically Sweet (Booklikes) rated it
5.0 Snow Falling on Cedars
The book has a back and forth nature and several times- during my first read- I kept on needing to go back and forth to recall what happened earlier. The book has several events happening in the present time, based on several characters. This is the murder trial. A reported subsequently begins a pri...
nouveau
nouveau rated it
3.0 Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
wahhh chick-lit. if you want extremely sentimental descriptions of wind-blown puget sound pacific north west forests with fuzzy-focus romanticism, then this is the book for you.writing is skillful, not a two-star, but probalby perfectly located at 3/5.
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