Snow Falling on Cedars

Guterson, David

(Book - 1994)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Snow Falling on Cedars
A "finely wrought, flawlessly written" novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is "at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle" (San Francisco Chronicle). "Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true" (Pico Iyer, Time). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A fall 1999 major motion picture.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0151001006
Branch Call Number: FICTION GUTERSON
Characteristics: 344 p. ;,24 cm


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Set in 1954 in the shadow of World War II, Snow Falling on Cedars is a beautifully crafted courtroom drama, love story, and war novel, illuminating the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral act... Read More »

"Presents a tense courtroom drama, a poignant love story, and a haunting reflection on the delicate balance between the mind and heart."

"Presents a tense courtroom drama, a poignant love story, and a haunting reflection on the delicate balance between the mind and heart."

A bonus title set in the Pacific Northwest: David Guterson's prose is lyrical and elegiac, his settings are vivid, and his characters are richly layered. These are complex stories which force the reader to contemplate moral issues while the plot maintains a compelling pace. Snow Falling on Cedar... Read More »

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Dec 18, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A murder triggers memories of World War II, family feuds, racial tensions and star-crossed lovers. Set on an isolated San Juan Island, this is a mystery full of heart and soul.

Oct 20, 2014
  • broo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

On an island in Puget Sound, in 1954, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder. Here, despite the beautiful setting, the shadow of World War II -- especially the internment of Japanese Americans -- still hangs over the courtroom.

Oct 17, 2014
  • red_crocodile_191 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Wow. This was a fail. I thought this book would be about treachery, danger, and menace. I was wrong. It was about sex relationships. What a bad book. Not recommended. At All. Unless you enjoy sex.

Jul 23, 2012
  • zaire189 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Very engaging. The author beautifully created a book with a mixture of history and mystery. Highly recommend this book.

Jul 01, 2012
  • NancyWilliams rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the best book I have read in a while - and I am reading something all the time. I don't know which I enjoyed more, the story or the author's exquisite wiriting. Together they are a terrific read. I'm sure I will find it hard to follow up with another book I enjoy as much as this one for some time. Highly recommend this book.

Jul 01, 2012
  • jeannep rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My mother grew up on Bainbridge Island during the internment of the Japanese Americans and it was interesting to recognize the locales throughout the book. I loved the story, beautifully written and inspiring.

Jul 01, 2012
  • jvanhoy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What a beautifully told story. It was hard to put down as it gathered steam toward the end. I especially enjoyed the use of the storm and the cramped court room to mirror the tension in the plot.

Jun 26, 2012
  • mikereilly rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Poetic prose, complex characters and a richly described landscape support a love story set against a murder trial. Hard to put down.

Mar 04, 2011
  • dragonsnakes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent book - highly recommended, well written

Feb 19, 2010
  • kwsmith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This vivid and beautiful novel richly portrays the people and places of a small isolated fishing community. On the surface, the book is a murder mystery courtroom drama which encourages the reader to think analytically about the events described in the book. In contrast, the other part of the book describes a tragic and touching love story where different characters cope with different tragic losses. On both sides of the story, the tragedy results from the dramatic racial tensions between two pacific communities during World War II.


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