Snow Falling On Cedars
  • Snow Falling On Cedars
  • Snow Falling On Cedars
  • Snow Falling On Cedars
ISBN: 0151001006
EAN13: 9780151001002
Language: English
Pages: 368
Dimensions: 1.34" H x 9.06" L x 6.3" W
Weight: 1.05 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War I, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense-- one that leaves us shaken and changed.

Haunting. A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper.--Los Angeles Times

Compelling.heartstopping. Finely wrought, flawlessly written.--The New York Times Book Review

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5
   Strong setting, story and characters
The characters are strong and real, as is prejudice. More than a top mystery, it is a voyage into human nature. A beautiful work of literature.
 
5
   beautiful snowflakes. "Snow Falling on Cedars" stands side by ...
The actions of patriotic politicians were buried under a mountain of small minded rhetoric, born of fear. The American Holocost, revealed by the shame and shared guilt of both victims and perpetrators, is hidden when the storm passes and the sun reveals the cold, hard dirt hidden under the countless, beautiful snowflakes. Snow falls on Cedars side by side with To Kill a Mockingbird.
 
4
   Vivid descriptions
I saw the movie several years ago and the book was far superior to the movie. I also enjoyed the cold and snow in the winter storm, and almost enjoyed the author's sharing insights into the thoughts of the characters.
 
5
   I love the discriptive writing in this book about places
It was also revealing the Japanese immigrant experience in this country during and after the war years in this country.
 
3
   I live in a coastal town amongst fisherman and the characterizations of the fisherman and the conditions on the water were also
I read this book while traveling in Washington, Alaska and Alaska. The description of the scene was very accurate. I live in a coastal town among the fisherman and the characterizations of the fisherman and the conditions on the water were also very good and interesting. At times, the action was slow, but I never wanted to put the book down and stop reading. The setting played such a prominent role in this story, but I think that anyone would enjoy the book.
 
5
   Fantastic book!
I'm moving soon to the San Juan Islands and I wanted to read a book set on an island that wasn't a survival or castaway type story. This book fits the bill and is in the San Juans. It is written beautifully and brings some of the area's history to life. The Kindle edition had very few errors, if any. I don 't remember noticing many.
 
5
   impressive
A very impressive read in a time period, set around an aspect of American history that often does not get discussed. If you haven 't read it, I 'd go for it. You won 't regret it.
 
4
   Trial of error
It is a great mystery and the author has a good way of describing the forests, the sea, island life and the weather. When the electricity went off during the storm, I could feel the cold wind blowing in around me from his description. From my youth, I learned more history.
 
5
   Good read
Interesting story line in the context of what the Japanese community went through during that dark part of American history.
 
3
   Too much fiction for a fiction mystery
This book is an imagined story about Japanese and Japanese Americans in the Pacific northwest, pre and after Pearl Harbor. At chapter 9, I had to bail out.
 
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