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Snow Falling on Cedars

Guterson, David (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Snow Falling on Cedars

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On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder. Set in 1954 in the shadow of World War II, Snow Falling on Cedars is a beautifully crafted courtroom drama, love story, and war novel, illuminating the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral action despite the indifference of nature and circumstance.

Baker & Taylor
A Japanese-American fisherman's 1954 murder trial becomes the backdrop of a story that follows a doomed love affair between a white boy and a Japanese girl, a simmering land dispute, and the wartime internment of San Piedro's Japanese residents. Movie tie-in. 75,000 first printing.

& Taylor

In 1954, Ishmael Chambers, a local reporter who lost an arm in the war, covers the murder trial of a Japanese-American fisherman, whose wife had been Ishmael's boyhood sweetheart

Authors: Guterson, David
Title: Snow falling on cedars
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 345 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0151004439
Statement of Responsibility: David Guterson
Subject Headings: Washington (State) Fiction Race relations Washington (State) Fiction Journalists Washington (State) Fiction Trials (Murder) Washington (State) Fiction Japanese Americans Washington (State) Fiction
Genre/Form: Legal stories
Topical Term: Race relations
Trials (Murder)
Japanese Americans
LCCN: 94007535
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Jul 23, 2012
  • zaire189 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very engaging. The author beautifully created a book with a mixture of history and mystery. Highly recommend this book.

Jul 01, 2012
  • NancyWilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the best book I have read in a while - and I am reading something all the time. I don't know which I enjoyed more, the story or the author's exquisite wiriting. Together they are a terrific read. I'm sure I will find it hard to follow up with another book I enjoy as much as this one for some time. Highly recommend this book.

Jul 01, 2012
  • jeannep rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My mother grew up on Bainbridge Island during the internment of the Japanese Americans and it was interesting to recognize the locales throughout the book. I loved the story, beautifully written and inspiring.

Jul 01, 2012
  • jvanhoy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a beautifully told story. It was hard to put down as it gathered steam toward the end. I especially enjoyed the use of the storm and the cramped court room to mirror the tension in the plot.

Jun 26, 2012
  • mikereilly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Poetic prose, complex characters and a richly described landscape support a love story set against a murder trial. Hard to put down.

Mar 04, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book - highly recommended, well written

Feb 19, 2010
  • kwsmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This vivid and beautiful novel richly portrays the people and places of a small isolated fishing community. On the surface, the book is a murder mystery courtroom drama which encourages the reader to think analytically about the events described in the book. In contrast, the other part of the book describes a tragic and touching love story where different characters cope with different tragic losses. On both sides of the story, the tragedy results from the dramatic racial tensions between two pacific communities during World War II.


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