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Snow Falling on Cedars (1995)

by David Guterson

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In Washington State, the trial of Kabuo Miyomoto, a Japanese-American fisherman accused of murdering another fisherman, Carl Heine. The prosecution charges the murder was committed as revenge for the Heine family taking Miyomoto's land at the outbreak of World War II and the novel traces the different reaction of the white and yellow communities. By the author of The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind.… (more)
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Snow Falling on Cedars
By David Guterson
1995, Vintage
Paperback, 460pp

"...accident ruled every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart."

Every once in a while a novel finds you and perfectly satisfies your present literary needs. Character depth, plot complexity, controlled pacing, deft perspective- and time-shifting, taut sentences crafted to please anyone sensitive to language—it's all here. Sometimes you just want a conventional, well-executed, American novel, on the order of, say, Philip Roth or Donna Tartt. This was it for me, and I can press on knowing that my rendez-vous will not soon pass from memory. ( )
  chrisvia | Apr 29, 2021 |
Best in class - a murder mystery where that is the setting rather than the reason for the book. The reason for the book is to dive into xenophobia, and west coast relations with Japanese-Americans during WWII era.

A UMD First Year Book in 2000
http://wp.fyb.umd.edu/about/fyb-archive/ ( )
  bederson | Dec 17, 2020 |
Although a fictional novel, Japanese internment plays a huge role in this book that was so popular in the 90s. It is the story of a love triangle between two Japanese Americans who were subject to the internment camps of World War II and a white boy that had a love affair with Hatsue Imada. A very powerful and moving story.
  twalsh212 | Jul 10, 2020 |
Picked this up thinking it would be great to read something about my home state. It didnt take long to be swept up in it and become invested in the characters. I really enjoyed how it tackled big topics in a forthright manner and dealt with the humans who grapple with them. ( )
  hopebarton2014 | Jun 15, 2020 |
One of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. A novel that everyone should read. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
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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
Harmony, like a following breeze
at sea, is the exception.

Harvey Oxenhorn
Tuning the Rig
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To my mother and father,
with gratitude.
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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 Washington State, the trial of Kabuo Miyomoto, a Japanese-American fisherman accused of murdering another fisherman, Carl Heine. The prosecution charges the murder was committed as revenge for the Heine family taking Miyomoto's land at the outbreak of World War II and the novel traces the different reaction of the white and yellow communities. By the author of The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind.

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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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