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Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel (original 1994; edition 1995)

by David Guterson

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Title:Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel
Authors:David Guterson
Info:Vintage (1995), Edition: 1st, Paperback, 460 pages
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Snow Falling on Cedars: A Novel by David Guterson (1994)

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Set on the islands dotting Puget Sound, the book tells about a murder trial of a Japanese American in 1954. The same individual was shipped with his family to an internment camp during WWII, losing all they owned. Therefore, it is also the moral trial of the community that had not planned on their return. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Sep 25, 2016 |
Dry as a Jaffa Cake left out of the box in the Sahara. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
wholly atmospheric ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Read
  MrsDoglvrs | Apr 24, 2016 |
It is 1954 on a small fictional island called San Piedro Island located in the Pacific Northwest, where the characters of the book Snow Falling On Cedars experience forgiveness, fairness, justice, morality, betrayal, and redemption. Snow Falling On Cedars takes on the topics of racial prejudice, forbidden love, loss, and effects of war. While Snow Falling On Cedars is David Guterson’s first novel, but third book, he was able to exceptionally explain the characters and setting in great detail.

The novel started out slow and confusing, but after a hundred pages or so, I was able to get into the flow of Guterson’s style, where he jumps back and forth in time through each character’s flashbacks and memories. The flashbacks give information and detail about the events and characters as the mystery and truth of the trial gets revealed slowly throughout the story. While the trial is being solved, another part of the story is revealed through the characters’ flashbacks. Ishmael Chambers, a local newspaper editor, who is tied into the story because of his relations with Kabuo Miyamoto. He becomes closely involved in the case because of his love affair with Kabuo’s wife, Hatsue. Their relationship was much like a forbidden love story. Ishmael would do anything to prove his love to Hatsue, and as the story progressed, there were many conflicts in their relationship. Later on, Ishmael comes to realize his place in the world and what he should and shouldn’t be doing.

The novel goes over the pre-war, World War II, and post-war times. It includes a combination of mystery, murder, drama, and a dramatic love story. Guterson was able to use flashbacks to show how each character’s perspectives affected the events. The two main stories unfold and eventually merge, much like the famous novel, “How to Kill a Mockingbird”. Throughout the book, I was able to see some of the characters grow, develop and learn to accept the truth. All the characters were unique with their own story to tell. The book was suspenseful and the truth was not completely revealed until the end.

The book was written in detail which could be a good thing, however there were many times where this book was overly detailed. There were times where it felt as if some of the flashbacks were unnecessary. As the author was trying to give the readers great imagery, at times it felt unneeded. For example, the author listed all 42 books that were on one of the character’s bookshelves. I understand that a few books could give hints about the character and their personality, but I didn’t need to know all 42 books to figure that out.

In conclusion, the novel, Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is a novel that is set back during World War II that represents important lessons of morality, judgement, forgiveness, and more. The suspense of this book will make you want to keep reading and will have you on the edge of your seat. Some parts may be boring, but once the two stories tie together, I can say it’s worth reading. The great detail of the book can have its good and bad points, though the characters show a big development and growth as the story goes on, as well as the setting is always explained in full detail. I wouldn’t say this was the best book I’ve ever read, but I will say it’s a book worth reading. ( )
  Leila-K | Apr 9, 2016 |
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The accused man, Kabuo Miyamoto, sat proudly upright with a rigid grace, his palms placed softly on the defendant's table - the posture of a man who has detached himself insofar as this is possible at his own trial.
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In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself
within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.
Ah, how hard a thing it is to tell what a wild,
and rough, and stubborn wood this was,
which in my thought renews the fear!
- Dante, The Divine Comedy
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at sea, is the exception.
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San 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 one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, 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 a land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Peidro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during WWII, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. (0-679-76402-X)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 067976402X, Paperback)

This is the kind of book where you can smell and hear and see the fictional world the writer has created, so palpably does the atmosphere come through. Set on an island in the straits north of Puget Sound, in Washington, where everyone is either a fisherman or a berry farmer, the story is nominally about a murder trial. But since it's set in the 1950s, lingering memories of World War II, internment camps and racism helps fuel suspicion of a Japanese-American fisherman, a lifelong resident of the islands. It's a great story, but the primary pleasure of the book is Guterson's renderings of the people and the place.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:27 -0400)

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When a newspaper journalist covers the trial of a Japanese American accused of murder, he must come to terms with his own past.

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