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In this international bestseller, Peter Høeg successfully combines the pleasures of literary fiction with those of the thriller. Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Her childhood in Greenland gives her an appreciation for the complex structures of snow, and when she notices that the boy's footprints show he ran to his death, she decides to find out who was chasing him. As she attempts to solve the mystery, she uncovers a series of conspiracies and cover-ups and quickly realizes that she can trust nobody. Her investigation takes her from the streets of Copenhagen to an icebound island off the coast of Greenland. What she finds there has implications far beyond the death of a single child. The unusual setting, gripping plot, and compelling central character add up to one of the most fascinating and literate thrillers of recent years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The title of this quiet, absorbing suspense novel by a Danish author only suggests the intriguing story it tells. After young Isaiah Christiansen falls from a snow-covered roof in present-day Copenhagen, something about his lone rooftop tracks--and the fact that the boy had a fear of heights--obsesses Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen, a woman who had befriended him. Smilla is 37, unmarried, and, like Isaiah, part of Denmark's small Eskimo/Greenlander community. She is also a minor Danish authority on the properties and classification of ice. Her search for what had frightened the boy leads her to uncover information about his father's mysterious death on a secret expedition to Greenland, a mission funded by a powerful Danish corporation involved in a strange conspiracy stretching back to WW II. As related in Smilla's sober, no-nonsense narration, the plot acquires credibility even as its details become more bizarre. While the novel will probably be compared to Gorky Park , Hoeg has much more to offer, both in terms of his impeccable literary style and in the glimpses he provides of an utterly foreign culture. Its chief virtue, however, is the narrator: Smilla is never less than believable in her contradictions--caustic, caring, thoughtful, impulsive, determined and above all, rebellious. Smoothly translated by Nunnally, this is Hoeg's third novel, but the first to appear in English. A dark, taut, compelling story, it's a real find. 40,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was a MAJOR disappointment. Firstly - Smilla as the narrator just blabs on and on. We are taken back and forth, attempting to follow her train of thought. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lynne Frappier
Saw the film a long time ago, and it haunted me.
Bought the VCR version about a year ago, and watched it a couple of times.
It was as good as I remembered. Read more
The negative reviews on this book say more about those readers than the book itself: the reader's pleasure in this thriller IS in the intellectual guessing. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by M. Cottafavi
To understand what is going in this novel you have to read every line of every page from the first page to the last page without blinking. Read morePublished on June 4 2002 by M. Tomlins
Smilla's seems to be the only person who realizes that the death of a young boy is not an accident, and she persues the truth relentlessly, and I mean relentlessly, until she... Read morePublished on March 5 2002 by Susan E. Hallander
I felt the book began well with the first few chapters,
but the middle 400 plus pages dragged on, and really did
not have any "technothriller" or mystery... Read more
When I have started reading this book Smilla's Sense of Snow I really thought it would be interesting...I thought wrong. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2002 by StarbucksQueen101
"Smilla's Sense of Snow" starts off as a mystery and ends as a thriller. I liked it better while it was a mystery. The ending was a huge letdown! (... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2001 by "affefrau"