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Snow Falling on Cedars
Snow Falling on Cedars
Author: David Guterson
Luminous...a beautifully assured and full-bodied novel that becomes a tender examination of fairness and forgiveness...
ISBN: 51777
Pages: 460
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  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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3 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: Vintage Contemporaries
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Snow Falling on Cedars on + 29 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
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.
cloverluv avatar reviewed Snow Falling on Cedars on + 129 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 12
Hated it. Moved slow and could not figure out what the heck was going on.
reviewed Snow Falling on Cedars on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
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
write2read avatar reviewed Snow Falling on Cedars on + 31 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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.
reviewed Snow Falling on Cedars on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Very intense! Intriguing insight on prejudice.
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This is a compelling book that examines prejudice between people of different races, even though they are all Americans. This is a story about a Japanese-American family living on San Piedro Island, Washington in the days leading up to and ten years after World War II, in which the Japanese were the American enemy. Has a murder been committed? Is a member of a respected Japanese family guilty?


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