Snow Falling on Cedars : A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
by David Guterson
Paperback- $9.46

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place ...

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  "This book gets better on each additional reading." by quiettime (see profile) 06/21/06

I enjoy "Snow" on so many levels - the courtroom drama, learning about a time in American history I wasn't familiar with, the characters and their relations to each other. This book, like "To Kill a Mockingbird," is an enjoyable tool for re-examining our beliefs and prejudices. This was my third reading of the book, and I liked it just as much as the first.

  "Moving story about love and hate" by Isis_2 (see profile) 06/22/06

I really enjoyed this book. I always knew about how the people of Japanese ancestry were treated in the U.S. during WWII, but to read this book, really gave me a more "personal" sense of the animosity that was created after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The star-crossed lovers (reminicent of Romeo and Juliet) were a compelling story. David Guterson did a superior job at pulling the reader into the story and making me want to know the truth during the trial. I was hoping for a happy ending...and Mr. Guterson gave us a realistic ending. I highly recommend this book to all book clubs. You will enjoy it!

  "Interesting reading" by mts1178 (see profile) 06/22/06

This book gave a glimpse into the past during a difficult time in our history. It explored how the war affected the people within this small island community.

  "A Book You Will Read More Than Once" by mhender (see profile) 10/15/06

The story is very well written and makes you feel the sadness of the times. I have read it more than once and know I will read it again.

  "Stimulated a lot of discussion" by cimlibrarian (see profile) 11/06/06

The author David Guterson portrays the emotions of the residents of the community.

  "a beautiful story that haunts you long after it ends." by jhawxfan (see profile) 11/19/06

When the book was over I felt as if I had left an enchanted place and was very sad. I came to care for the people in the story so deeply that it made me feel I was not so much as reading their story but actually involved in their lives.

  "Enjoyed by every member of our book club." by bookfriend (see profile) 11/21/06

A book that makes you think about how your attitude and action towards others of a different race can change when events in your life, your community, or the world around you change; and how the culture we grow up in can cloud our judgement when we look at people of a different culture.

  "great topic for discussion and very interesting story" by kennamom (see profile) 03/07/07

  "Fantastic book." by mom2two (see profile) 04/01/07

  "Local fisherman drowns, Local Japanese fisherman is chaged with his murder." by kathaileen (see profile) 12/09/07

An island north of Puget Sound is the setting. The Japanese live and work along with the other islanders until W.W.II. Land is paid for and stolen, many of the Japanese are interred, etc. The story heats up in the early 50s when a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese man, Kabuo, is charged with his murder.
The Japanese man’s wife was involved with the town’s newspaperman, Ishmael, while they were still in high school but it wasn’t acceptable for the races to mix.
The whole time I read this, I kept thinking it would make a great movie. When I read that Sam Shepherd would be in it, I thought he would be perfect for the brooding Ishmael. When the movie came out, Shepherd played Ishmael’s father. Looking back at the timing, Ethan Hawke was a better age to play him, so after I got used to that idea, I enjoyed the movie.

  "A great read in the winter before a cozy fire! Lovely book!" by kdr4xmom (see profile) 10/03/09

  "couldn't get through it" by AvidReader82 (see profile) 06/05/10

and I wasn't the only one in the club who couldn't. The writing is beautiful in parts, but the book as a whole just plods along.

  "Too Many Fancy Words, Too Little Plot" by marleah (see profile) 07/06/10

  "Snow Falling on Cedars" by lhollander (see profile) 03/04/11

The author took the 'scenic' route a lot, so the book was slow to read. Good story, but seemed to end abruptly.

  "" by Ljwagoner (see profile) 01/14/18

An epic tale- This story weaves thru the lives of those living in a small fishing/ farming village impacted by a mysterious death. The story, in its telling, brings to light themes of race, prejudice, love, hate and what it means to do the right thing.

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