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Snow Falling on Cedars

Guterson, David (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Houghton
A “finely wrought, flawlessly written” novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is “at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true” (Pico Iyer, Time). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A fall 1999 major motion picture.


Baker & 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

Harcourt Publishing
A “finely wrought, flawlessly written” novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is “at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true” (Pico Iyer, Time). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A fall 1999 major motion picture.


Blackwell North Amer
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. Ishmael Chambers, who lost an arm in the Pacific war and now runs the island newspaper inherited from his father, is among the journalists covering the trial - a trial that brings him close, once again, to Hatsue Miyomoto, the wife of the accused man and Ishmael's never-forgotten boyhood love.
Hatsue and Ishmael, in the years before the war came between them, had dug clams together, picked strawberries in San Piedro's verdant fields, and passed long hours in the secrecy of a giant hollow cedar tree. Now, as a heavy snowfall surrounds and impedes the progress of Kabuo Miyomoto's trial, they and the other participants must come to a reckoning with the past, with culture, nature, and love, and with the possibilities of the human will. Both suspenseful and beautifully crafted, Snow Falling on Cedars portrays 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

Ishmael Chambers, a newspaperman from the Pacific Northwest who lost an arm in World War II, reunites with his childhood sweetheart, Hatsue Imada, whom he was separated from by the Japanese-American internment, when Imada's husband is tried for murder.

Authors: Guterson, David
Title: Snow falling on cedars
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: x, 345 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 0151001006
067976402X
0151004439
Statement of Responsibility: David Guterson
Subject Headings: Japanese Americans Washington (State) Fiction Trials (Murder) Washington (State) Fiction Journalists Washington (State) Fiction Race relations Washington (State) Fiction Washington (State) Fiction
Genre/Form: Legal stories
Topical Term: Japanese Americans
Trials (Murder)
Journalists
Race relations
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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