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Smilla's Sense of Snow (aka Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow)
Smilla's Sense of Snow - aka Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Author: Tiina Nunnally (Translator), Peter Hoeg
She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love.  She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories -- a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land.  And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime ... — ​It happened in the Copenhagen snow.  A six-year-old boy, a Greenla...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440218531
ISBN-10: 0440218535
Publication Date: 8/1/1994
Pages: 499
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 83 ratings
Publisher: Dell/RandomHouse
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
This one takes a lot of effort to read, as you'll no doubt stumble over the cumbersome translation. Perhaps that was what detracted so much from the story, as I could not make myself care about the characters or the plot. Hopefully, you'll have better luck.
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Helpful Score: 4
One of the best books I've read this year. It's literate, unique, and has a fascinating heroine, Smilla. The only detriment are the several technical descriptions (ships, biology, construction of snow, etc.) which I felt could be cut down. But that's my opinion; another reader may enjoy these descriptions. The essential story is about a repressed woman who is determined to find out why her 11 year old neighbor was murdered. Even though the authorities state his death as an accident, Smilla can tell by looking at the tracks he made that he was murdered. Her pursuit of the truth leads to attempts on her life and eventually to a sea voyage where she gets the (surprising) answers she seeks. The movie is very good too.
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Helpful Score: 3
Though it probably has the potential to be a good mystery, I just couldn't get into it. Since it was originally written in another language, it may have just lost something in the translation.
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Helpful Score: 3
Suspenseful and facinating. A Danish suspense novel in the vein of John Le Carré--A thriller with moral relevance and political insight.
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Helpful Score: 3
Book really is a lot better than the film, and I liked the film.

Juxtaposing the sensibilities of Greenlander and Dane gives some depth to the suspense. Engaging narrative voice. If a book can be at once serious in tone and a light read, this is it.
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A superb thriller with a combination of suspense narrative, Hemingwayesque prose, exotic setting and spellbinding central female.

She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories- a dark, ecotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jasperson is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime....

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