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Read Snow Falling on Cedars eBook º Paperback ´ David Guterson ✓ Gripping tragic and densely atmospheric—a masterpiece of suspense 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 drowGrew 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 II when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watch Published in 1994 and set in 1954 Snow Falling on Cedars is an atmospheric novel with a strong sense of place It is set on San Piedro a fictional island off the coast of the state of Washington As the story opens Kabuo Miyamoto is on trial for the murder of Carl Heine a fellow fisherman Miyamoto is alleged to have resorted to murder in order to settle a land dispute that dates back to WWII when the Miyamotos were forced to relocate to an internment camp Ishmael Chambers owner of the local newspaper is covering the trial He is the childhood sweetheart of Miyamoto’s wife Hatsue and has remained obsessed with her The story gradually reveals the backstories of the characters in non linear segments including many violent and traumatic episodes experienced during WWII which have had a lasting psychological impact It is an interesting blend of mystery courtroom drama history and first love Rather than focus on a blow by blow uestion and answer of witnesses during the trial the author artfully employs narrative seuences and flashbacks to provide the essence of the testimony without overburdening the reader with detailed courtroom procedures Themes include racism justice obsession and the emotional trauma of war It explores the difficulties several characters experience in moving on from the past to be able to fully live in the present The presence of a winter storm sheds light on the role of unpredictability of life “Those who had lived on the island a long time knew that the storm's outcome was beyond their control This storm might well be like others past that had caused them to suffer had killed even—or perhaps it might dwindle beneath tonight's stars and give their children snowbound happiness Who knew? Who could predict? If disaster so be it they said to themselves There was nothing to be done except what could be done The rest—like the salt water around them which swallowed the snow without any effort remaining what it was implacably—was out of their hands beyond” This novel is beautifully written in a traditional style with a strong storyline vivid setting and deeply drawn characters It is engrossing creative and engenders an emotional response It meets all my criteria for an exceptional reading experience I loved it and have added it to my list of favorites

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Ese 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 than a man's guilt For on San Pedro memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who When I found the word cedars 7 times on a 2 page spread I shut down The language is simple; maybe I'm supposed to perceive it as deep mysterious or simply written in a beautiful way but I just found it dull I was so tired of hearing about snow and cedars I think it had a trial in it and a Japanese fisherman and some discrimination; maybe it happened in an internment camp in Washington state or something Or maybe the main character is investigating his father's involvement in a trial in the 1940's I don't remember My book club read it and our discussion of it was not very interestingFunny I just read a review by Gina she called the language flowery and gave this example By October San Piedro had slipped off its summer reverler's mask to reveal a torpid soporific dreamer whose winter bed was made of wet green mossThe gutters filled with rust colored pine needles and the pungent effluvium of alder leaves and the drainpipes splashed with the winter rainI guess I just skim over this flowery language because it's so meaningless to the story If I want imagery I'll read some poetry not this snowy cedary schlock This language is flowery to the point of making no sense a waste of the reader's time to ask them to parse out the convoluted imageryAnother reviewer on this site said the book had endless narration I agree it needed less description of the scenery and about the characters and time period

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Snow Falling on CedarsGripping tragic and densely atmospheric a masterpiece of suspense 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 Japan From the age of 18 to approximately 22 I went through my blue period This era was marked by dateless Friday nights dateless Saturday nights Soprano less Sunday nights The Sopranos not having gone on air yet and a long flirtation with hipsterism During this time I watched relationships end with such arbitrariness that I was left to conclude the Universe had conspired against me Maybe you've gone through a period like this It's called youth And if you have you know there's a certain pleasure to be taken from the pain Sure part of me was preparing for my eventual transformation into the male version of a cat lady a priest I guess But another part of me enjoyed dwelling in a half depression I listened to sad songs I pretended to read poetry I rewatched Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise 2000 times and I drank countless Moscow Mules at various hipster barsIt was during this time I read David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars Despite its pretentious title it is an accessible mixed genre book a police procedural courtroom drama and story of star crossed love all rolled into one Of course the movie version starred Ethan Hawke the patron saint of morose twenty somethings The uniueness of the book comes from its setting in Puget Sound in 1954 It is a place of snow and fog and a dark legacy with regards to its Japanese American population who were shipped off to internment camps during World War II Snow Falling on Cedars unabashedly harkens to Moby Dick It's main character is named Ishmael and he like Ahab is a cripple who lost a hand during World War II He is obsessed with Hatsue a Japanese girl whom he loved as a child Love and obsession two sides of the same coin The main storyline concerns Hatsue's husband Kabuoe a fisherman who is charged with killing Carl Heine By way of motive Kabuoe believes that Carl's family reneged on a contract to sell Kabuoe a strawberry field Ishamel the crippled former lover of Kabuoe's wife is a writer for the local paper He covers the story while moping through life like the protagonist in a thousand emo songs While the trial is taking place there are flashbacks to Ishmael and Hatsue's relationship; the internment of Hatsue's family; and Ishmael's service in the war Guterson is uite successful in evoking the everything in life hinges on this feel of young love Inside their cedar tree for nearly four years he and Hatsue had held one another with the dreamy contentedness of young lovers With their coats spread against a cushion of moss they'd stayed as long as they could after dusk and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons The tree produced a cedar perfume that permeated their skin and clothes They would enter breath deeply then lie down and touch each other the heat of it and the cedar smell the privacy and the rain outside the slippery softness of their lips and tongues inspired in them the temporary illusion that the rest of the world had disappearedAh young love And no I am not and have never been a 12 year old girlWay back when I first read this book a great measure of my enjoyment came from wallowing in Ishmael's misery However there are other pleasures to be had for readers who have learned that the sun and moon do not rise and set with every relationship There is a wide cast of characters possessed of the rural uirkiness well mined by the likes of the Cohen brothers Aside from Ishmael Hatsue and Kabuoe you meet sheriff Art Moran the prosecutor Alvin Hooks the Gerry Spence like defense attorney Nels Gudmundsson and Ole the elderly strawberry farmer More than the characters there is a sense of place This is a lush tactile novel and you get enveloped in the weather and atmosphere Center Valley's strawberry fields lay under nine inches of powder and were as fuzzy through the snowfall as a landscape in a dream with no discernible hard edges On Scatter Springs Drive the trees had closed the road in so that the sky was little than an indistinct drab ribbon overhead but down here the dramatic expanse of it was visible chaotic and fierce Looking out past the windshield wipers Ishmael saw billions of snowflakes falling in long tangents driven southward the sky shrouded and furious Part of the problem with life is we grow old too soon and forget too fast When I think back to all the time I spent listening to Belle Sebastian and pondering the monastery I want to build a time machine just to go back in time and punch myself in the face A book like Snow Falling on Cedars helps me remember what it meant to be young and in love and certain that all happiness hinged on these very things