Snow Falling on Cedars

by David Guterson | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0747522669 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rivercassini of London, Greater London United Kingdom on 11/10/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Saturday, November 10, 2007
So, this morning, I was meant to be taking bags of books to various charity shops, to help clear space on the bookshelves. Well, I did. Only one problem, I bought more books too :). This is one of them. I just couldn't resist.

Journal Entry 2 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, February 10, 2008
A whodunnit, but one with a difference. Snow Falling on Cedars is a touching, introspective study of prejudice and family feuds, of cruelty and thoughtlessness and the repercussions they have on communities over many years. And it is also a testament to the abiding, purifying nature of the innocence of love. All in all, a remarkable, enjoyable and satisfying read.

Journal Entry 3 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, February 10, 2008
In the overcrowded field of mystery thrillers, it's not often one comes across a book that is not only a great mystery but also a literary testament to the turmoil of humanity, but that is exacly what David Guterson has achieved with Snow Falling on Cedars. The 'action' takes place over the course of three days, in a court room presided over by an elderly judge, in an small island community being pummelled by one of the worst wintery storms in living memory. Kabuo, a third generation Japanese immigrant, is accused of the first degree murder of another island fisherman. But as the case unfurls, Guterson takes us on a tour of this island's history that reveals the tensions and turmoil of island life, and reveals the backstories of the accused, the victim and many of the witnesses and spectators. Each character is laid bare, exposed to the censure of the pen, while Guterson leaves the reader to make their own judgement. In finely crafted, laconic prose, Snow Falling on Cedars is a testament to the pointlessly of war, the duality of the nature of love and, above all, to the power to humanity to do the right thing in the end. An engaging parable, a gripping thriller, and fine book. Highly recommended.

Journal Entry 4 by Rivercassini from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, February 10, 2008
In the overcrowded field of mystery thrillers, it's not often one comes across a book that is not only a great mystery but also a literary testament to the turmoil of humanity, but that is exacly what David Guterson has achieved with Snow Falling on Cedars. The 'action' takes place over the course of three days, in a court room presided over by an elderly judge, in an small island community being pummelled by one of the worst wintery storms in living memory. Kabuo, a third generation Japanese immigrant, is accused of the first degree murder of another island fisherman. But as the case unfurls, Guterson takes us on a tour of this island's history that reveals the tensions and turmoil of island life, and reveals the backstories of the accused, the victim and many of the witnesses and spectators. Each character is laid bare, exposed to the censure of the pen, while Guterson leaves the reader to make their own judgement. In finely crafted, laconic prose, Snow Falling on Cedars is a testament to the pointlessly of war, the duality of the nature of love and, above all, to the power to humanity to do the right thing in the end. An engaging parable, a gripping thriller, and fine book. Highly recommended.

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