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by David Guterson

eBook Snow Falling on Cedars ePub
Author: David Guterson
Language: English
ISBN: 0747522669
ISBN13: 978-0747522669
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (June 26, 1996)
Pages: 416
Category: United States
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 153
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ePub file: 1818 kb
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Snow Falling on Cedars is a vivid and spellbinding novel, made unforgettable by David Guterson’s mastery of detail and his wise and generous heart. I could not put this book down’ Colin Harrison, author of Bodies Electric

Snow Falling on Cedars is a vivid and spellbinding novel, made unforgettable by David Guterson’s mastery of detail and his wise and generous heart. I could not put this book down’ Colin Harrison, author of Bodies Electric. A beautifully written book, it is in essence a whodunnit, but is so rich a read that it far outstrips its form’ Scotland on Sunday. An absorbing and beautiful work’ Guardian

First-novelist Guterson presents a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII.

First-novelist Guterson presents a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. Series: snow falling on cedars. Paperback: 460 pages.

Snow Falling on Cedars is a 1994 award-winning novel written by American writer David Guterson. Guterson, who was a teacher at the time, wrote the book in the early morning hours over a ten-year period. Because of the success of the novel, however, he quit his job and began to write full-time.

Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson. Snow falling on cedars/David Guterson. 1st ed. p. cm. ISBN 0-15-100443-9. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. 1. Japanese (State)-Fiction. 3. on (State)-Fiction.

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David Guterson, Bainbridge Island, Washington. In a new epic poem, the author of Snow Falling on Cedars encourages readers to enjoy the journey out and the turnaround. 14 October at 11:03 ·. David Guterson’s Turn Around Time offer. own-to-earth observations that celebrate aches and pains, solitude and companionship, and the privilege of participating in the journey. posted by Mountaineers Books).

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David Guterson at the Internet Book List. Snow Falling on Cedars". He is a Japanese American living on the island of San Piedro, off the north-west coast of America. Snow Falling on Cedars - is a novel written by American writer David Guterson. Guterson, who at the time was a teacher, wrote the book in the early morning hours over a ten year period.

Studying his fingers as he delivered his words, he attended in particular to his cuticles. Mr. Miyamoto,’ he began rt. After all, don’t you think it might have been your citizenly duty to come forward with all of this information? Don’t you think you should have gone to the sheriff and told him about this battery business you claim occurred on the high seas? I would think you would, Mr. Miyamoto

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.

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 1954 a fisherman is found dead in the nets of his boat, and a local Japanese-American man is charged with his murder. In the course of his trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries - memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and a Japanese girl; 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 II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbours watched.
Kerry
This is one of my all time favourite novels, rife with beautiful writing, rich characters, excellent description, thoughtful, poignant, at times nostalgic, at times hopefull, but Amazon's words are so lacking here.. It is one of those hard to describe types of novels that defies a simple categorization, and I hate to call it a mystery because while there is one, it is NOT a "mystery novel." They writing is poignant, there is a wonderfully written back story interposed, moral dilemmas, and of course a man is on trial for murder.

Set in the 1950s, the flashbacks go to the 1930s and 1940s, both before and during WW II. We see how WW II threw this community with both European and Japanese Americans into a tailspin and with unresolved conflict and issues still simmering under the surface. Ishmael, the protagonist and not on trial, is a one-armed vet who is the town reporter, is one of those with those unresolved issues in his life. I have read this novel more than once from the library, but finally realized I want to own my own copy, and not just buy it as a gift for someone else.
Frostdefender
I read SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS when it was first published years ago and it left such a positive impression that I decided to re-read it recently. This is one of my favorite books of all time and the second time around was just as spellbinding, emotional and gripping as the first. While I discovered more details with my recent reading than I remembered, the overall experience was just as powerful. I've recommended it to numerous people who have also been impressed with the quality of writing and the powerful and emotional impact of this novel. I happen to know quite a bit about gill net fishing and about Puget Sound so felt immersed in this setting. CEDARS creates a palpable "feeling"... not just words...haunting and ethereal at the same time...I was inside the cedar tree with Hatsue and Ishmael, on the boats and at Manzanar. The author is truly a master with words and his novel is a master of literature. I probably will read it again and again.
Agagamand
Oh, I don't know. There's a lot to like here. The trial is compelling. The story unravels nicely through the various characters' histories. I love the irony that those of German descent get free passes while the Japanese get packed off to camps; I guess the Germans never attacked U.S. soil though.

I had a tough time swallowing the early teen lives of Ishmael and Hatsue. She's meditating on rock ledges in the woods with her perfect hair cascading over her shoulders while he's smitten in his room filled with collecting cards and model airplanes. It's a bit much, isn't it? There's nothing equivocal in the mawkish innocence other than the xenophobia underlying Hatsue's hesitation. And when it's all shattered by the war, it seems contrived.

I have a lot of time for honest looks at America's incarceration of its Japanese citizens during World War II. And I think Guterson's trial rings true. Furthermore, I think in real life Ishmael probably makes the same decision. However, the story that positions Ishmael to actually make that decision, and so...uggh...meaningfully, tends toward melodrama at times.
Gogal
I watched the movie on a rainy day and decided to buy the book. The book gives a great deal of insight into the tragic time for the Japanese community in USA. It is suspenseful and very well written but it is not a huge mystery.
The author recreates the wartime hysteria that led to Japanese-Americans being sent to concentration camps. The book is more than a story of one man's guilt or innocence; it is a story of a community's fear and prejudice against the Japanese Americans and brings to mind the current prejudice against people of Islamic faith. The story stays with you but it is not a book that I can't put down.
Bladebringer
The opening scene in riveting: a small-town courtroom on an island in the upper end of Puget Sound on a snowy day. Having lived in Seattle for a few years, I can really say that his description of the residents of the island, and the geography itself (sounds like Whidbey Island to me) is excellent. Guterson's descriptions of the salmon-fishing, strawberry-growing culture, their houses, boats, and perspectives are wonderfully refreshing. Set in the 50's, it shows the honest simplicity of life in that era, yet gets into the complexity of the personalities and feelings of the main characters. Guterson displays the interactions of the local people as though he might have been one of them. Their social transactions are complex, although properly muted in 50's fashion so there is not a lot of dirty wash hanging out in public. If you like Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion stories from Lake Wobegon, you will probably do well with this book. The alleged murder of fisherman Karl Heine by Japanese fisherman Kabuo Miyamoto kicks off a fury of irrational anger at the otherwise exemplar Japanese population. Having been born in 1945, it reminds me vividly of the comments and prejudices I heard about the Japanese way back in South Dakota where most people had never met such a human -- except on the battlefield. The teenage romance between Ishmael (later the island's sole newspaper editor) and Hatsue Imada (who would finally marry Kabuo) is touching and heart-wrenching, although their conversation and insights into their situation might be a bit too high-level for their time and maturity. It is Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in Puget Sound. The sudden hysteria and hatred that boils over when Heine is found dead and Kabuo is accused, jailed and charged based on very circumstantial evidence shows how fine the line is between acceptance, toleration and total condemnation when ethnic groups live together in close proximity. Guterson uses flashbacks to develop the main characters very fully to the point where you think you might be living next door to them by the end of the novel. The murder mystery aspect of this story is only a vehicle for a deep exploration into the heart and soul of humans, as individuals and groups. The ending is predictable and uplifting, but left me with the feeling that the island had a lot of work to do to get back to normal -- years of atonement and reconciliation. This story is a good read for those who allow themselves to be swept away into a beautifully told, tragic story. Real men do not cry when reading storybooks, but I strangely noticed some tears on my cheeks every now and then. This is not a formula-based murder mystery. It is a story that can stick with you and make you look at yourself as though you might have been one of the islanders.
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