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Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars

Book - 1995 | 1st ed
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Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780151001002
0151001006
9780679764021
Branch Call Number: F GUTER-D
F GUTER-D
Characteristics: p. cm

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maiki69
Jan 27, 2021

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS is a beautifully written portrayal of a prosecution stacked against a defendant. Themes of racial inequality are brought to the forefront, with a focus on the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.

LCPL_Vivian Oct 23, 2020

Snow Falling on Cedars explores the difficulties of being accused of murder as a Japanese-American in the mid-1950s. The book is full of courtroom drama, familial drama, and long descriptions. If you loved Miracle Creek by Angie Kim, then I would highly recommend picking this one up!

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mikey69
Feb 14, 2020

When a fisherman is killed off a small island in the Pacific Northwest, the authorities look for clues that will point to his murderer. They find the clues all right, but miss the ones that will exonerate their suspect. This beautiful story - part court room drama, part family saga - plays out across the pages of SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (Vintage Books, $12.00), leaving the reader spellbound by its prose.

Hillsboro_ElizabethH Jun 03, 2019

Although I read this many years ago, I still remember absolutely loving it!

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Pisinga
Mar 05, 2019

There are too tedious and unnecessary long descriptions of what is happening in court room.

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Truffalo
Oct 29, 2018

Insightful exploration of the struggles of Japanese-Americans during the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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knuckleswanny
Apr 18, 2017

What a remarkably well written book! The character definition was very poignant and the silent suffering of newspaperman made me a believer. I felt as if I knew him and was very pleased with the choices made.

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shayshortt
Mar 09, 2017

Snow Falling on Cedars is somewhat of a murder mystery, even though it is more ponderously paced than most pager-turners of that genre. Rather, it is more concerned with how human nature shapes such an investigation and prosecution, subtly or not so subtly dictated by preconceived notions and the weight of the past. The truth is slowly revealed, even while the reader is left with the impression of how easily it could have been buried forever.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/03/09/snow-falling-on-cedars/

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lukasevansherman
Jun 17, 2016

When I was working at a book store back in '96, everyone was reading this. Somehow, I'm just getting around to it. I'm going to disagree a bit with the other reviews; I though the writing was rather pedestrian and the plotting uneven. First time novelist and Pacific Northwesterner David Guterson's story is set on a small Washington island where the tensions between the Japanese and the Anglo population come to a head when a Japanese fisherman is accused of murder. It's a love story, a legal thriller, a war tale, a murder mystery, a social justice novel. It's maybe too much and Gutertson flails around trying to weave in so many themes, plots, and time periods. But, hey, what do I know? It won the PEN/Faulkner award and was made into a film in 1999. Followed by "Sleet Resting on Maples."

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 18, 2014

A murder triggers memories of World War II, family feuds, racial tensions and star-crossed lovers. Set on an isolated San Juan Island, this is a mystery full of heart and soul.

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maiki69
Jan 27, 2021

A fisherman is killed off a small island in Washington state's Puget Sound, triggering a murder investigation. The prosecution appears to be racially motivated, having cherry picked the evidence, bringing into sharp focus a justice system heavily weighted against Americans who aren't of European descent. Other themes explored are interracial relationships, Japanese American internment, and loyalty. A beautifully written story that sticks with you long after you've finished the last word.

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mikey69
Feb 14, 2020

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS (Vintage Books, $12.00) is a triumphant achievement. David Guterson's approach to weaving this tale that encompasses two generations of Japanese Americans is light-handed, letting the story play out in beautiful, unencumbered prose. The story takes place in the mid-twentieth century, darting back and forth from 1954 to the WWII era internment camp our main protagonist - who is inadvertently embroiled on the wrong side of a murder investigation - spent a chunk of time in. CEDARS presents an opportunity to examine how racism and xenophobia play in legal decisions.

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shayshortt
Mar 09, 2017

t is 1954, and Japanese-American World War II veteran Kabuo Miyamoto has been charged with the murder of fellow fisherman and veteran Carl Heine. His trial begins in the midst of a snow storm that has struck the town of Amity Harbour, on the island of San Piedro off the coast of Washington State. Reporting on the trial is Ishmael Chambers, who inherited the small local paper from his father when he returned from the war. Carl was a solo gill-netter fisherman, and his body was pulled from the ocean, caught in his own nets, after the boat was found drifting off the coast on a foggy September morning. In the grip of the snow storm and the trial, the islanders are forced to face old grudges and deep seated prejudices as the evidence against Kabuo mounts.

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maiki69
Jan 27, 2021

Then she took her basket of sheets and clothes and melted back into the house."
-David Guterson, SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS

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mikey69
Feb 14, 2020

David Guterson's approach to weaving this tale . . . is light-handed, letting the story play out in beautiful, unencumbered prose.
http://www.penhead.org/

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shayshortt
Mar 09, 2017

She was of this place and she was not of this place, and though she might desire to be an American, it was clear, as her mother said, that she had the face of America’s enemy and would always have such a face.

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