Book Reviews of Smilla's Sense of Snow (aka Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow)

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: Peter Hoeg, Tina Nunnally (Translator)
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ISBN-13: 9780385315142
ISBN-10: 0385315147
Publication Date: 10/1/1995
Pages: 469
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 78 ratings
Publisher: Delta/BantamDell/Penguin
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Smilla's Sense of Snow (aka Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow) on
Helpful Score: 2
Starts as a mystery then evolves into science fiction. Fairly interesting however the plot does become convolutedf and difficult to follow at times.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is now one of my favorite books. It was fascinating, intriguing, and gorgeous. It took my breath away, and ever since I finished reading it (yesterday) I can't stop thinking about it. A very intelligent book, that gets a bit bogged down in some technicalities, but that never bothered me. The stuff I didn't understand was amazing just the same. I can't say enough about this book. But it is definitely not a day-at-the-beach read.
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Helpful Score: 2
Interesting both as a work of fiction and a window into Greenlander culture.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very interesting mystery novel set in Denmark and Greenland. Extremely well written. Dark.
reviewed Smilla's Sense of Snow (aka Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow) on
Book started out interesting, but ended in a science fiction-y way. I also think it probably lost a lot in the translation.
reviewed Smilla's Sense of Snow (aka Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow) on
I got the book because I liked the movie. The plot seems really convoluted. Things move slowly but Smilla herself comes across as a quite vivid not altogether likeable character.
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Smilla's Sense of Snow is a book I read when it first came out, but having recently TiVo'd the movie (and stopping it before the end), I realized that I wanted to read it again.

The book starts with the death of a little boy, Isaiah, who lives in the same building as Smilla Jaspersen in Copenhagen with his alcoholic mother. He had plunged from the roof of the building, leaving behind only footprints. Smilla, knowing that Isaiah had a fear of heights, and examining the footprints, realized that there's no way that Isaiah would be on the roof intentionally...so she begins to try to sort out the mystery of what happened. Her investigations take her into the dark and dangerous world of corporate secrets and conspiracies, but even with her freedom and life at stake, she has to get to the bottom of it all. But that's not all there is to this book. It's also an examination and critique of life in Greenland both before and after Denmark granted the Greenlanders home rule in 1979 as well as an attempt to understand environmental changes affecting Greenland.

While the mystery starts out strong (I enjoy a good conspiracy-type thriller to a point), what really carries this book is Smilla's character -- she's like an early Lisbeth Salander (from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) who doesn't let anyone get in her way. Smilla is a misfit and has an affinity for other misfits, and like the later Lisbeth, has her own sense of morality and justice. The thriller part of this book will keep you reading, but at some point it becomes kind of science-fiction-ish which for me was a bit of a problem. However, it's very readable and you won't want to give it up until it's over.

I'd recommend it mostly to fans of Scandinavian crime fiction. It's not your average thriller/suspense type of novel, and people who could care less about Greenland politics, culture and science may find it a little tough going. Otherwise, it's a good way to spend a few hours.
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Named "Best Book of the Year" by Time, Entertainment Weekly, and People.

"Splendid entertainment...the suspense novel as exploration of the heart." --The New York Times Book Review
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I ended up owning two copies of this book~