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Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars
Author: David Guterson
On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with coldblooded murder. The year is 1954, and the shadow of World War II, with its brutality abroad and internment of Japanese Americans at home, hangs over the courtroom. Is...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780151004430
ISBN-10: 0151004439
Pages: 352
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  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 21
Though there is a dearth of books covering the Japanese-American internment, and it was refreshing to finally find one, I was frustrated after reading through this plodding, intermittent book. The characters lack depth, and the lead character, Hatsue, seems like a caricature of the submissive Japanese wife. The men in the story fare little better. The way in which Hatsue and Ishmael's affair began and ended made them both seem like ridiculous 15-year-olds, rather than tragic or fated ex-lovers. Perhaps they were intended to be that way. It is a page-turner, but not a entirely gripping one. My final thought: playing off a collective historical guilt does not make for a compelling book. For most, it's hard to give a bad review to a book that is peripherally about the Japanese internment. Not me. I say "Yuck," and mean it.
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Helpful Score: 11
Hated it. Moved slow and could not figure out what the heck was going on.
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Helpful Score: 6
Have you read this yet? Is it on your favorites list?
If not it's a must read. Not just a mystery; it's a mind mover.
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Helpful Score: 6
Though and award winner and highly regarded, I found this novel to be wordy, long, and rather boring. It was a struggle to finish and in the end not worth the effort. Great writer for sure but the story just didn't catch fire and the constant flashbacks accompanied by painfully drawn out back-story put me to...zzzzzzzzzz
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Helpful Score: 5
wonderful reading - great prose - about changing your dreams.
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