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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405882735
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405882736
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 20 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ames on Dec 16 2001
Format: Hardcover
As a book I could not find myself to set down, "Snow Falling on Cedars" stands as the most in-depth book I have ever read. With no pieces missing in the plot, the puzzle fits together in a way most books do not. "Snow Falling on Cedars" illustrates every human emotion possible and shows every depth of a human heart. Impeccably written, this book stays close to my heart as a book that taught me countless lessons.
Perhaps the most effective part of the book is the characters and their stories. The author David Guterson develops each character entirely; every character seems as a main character and each of their histories are told throughout the book. In the beginning it seems as if they have no relation to each other, like they live in completely opposite worlds. Then as the book further develops, it becomes lucid they all weave together, their stories and lives intertwined as one. The conclusion ties everything together and writes the whole meaning of the book flat out. This book digs into the depths of love with a tear-jerking love story, the humiliation and pain of racism with a story about the Japanese in America during World War II, and an endless and inexplicable murder mystery thought to tie into both of them.
As I read into this book, I felt myself falling into their world in the Island of San Piedro. I felt involved in their past, then as the book jumped into the present I could not wait to read the truth about the murder trial of Carl Heine. I felt emotional when a man's heart broke, when an American spoke cruelly toward a man of Japanese decent, and when a woman lost her husband whom she loved far more than anything.
Affecting me in so many ways, the lessons this book taught me seemed unending.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 22 2006
Format: Paperback
I really love this book. I could not put this book down and found myself reading it until 3 o'clock in the morning. I love David Gutterson is a master of storytelling. The best book I have ever read and I will keep this book forever. I also saw the movie and was absolutely moved by it but the book tells everything. I love Ishmael and the love of his life.
I wish there is another sequel to it, maybe when they get old they get back together.
Thanks David you are the best.
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By Teddy on Oct. 25 2008
Format: Paperback
The year is 1954 and Kabuo Miyamoto a Japanese American fisherman is standing trial for murder in small town in Puget Sound Washington. Up until World War II, his family was growing strawberries and making payments towards owning the land they lived and worked on. With the onset so the war left for the land, they were sent away to a Japanese internment camp. After the war ended they came back to Puget Sound only to find the land that they had struggled for was sold.

The narrator of the story was the journalist covering the trial, Ishmael Chambers. As a child, he played with and later fell in love with Hatsue. When she was sent to the Japanese internment camp with her family, she sent Ishmael a "Dear John" letter. When she returned to Puget Sound, she was married to Kabuo Miyamoto.

Ishmael never stopped loving Hatsue and may be the only one to be able to uncover the truth and set Kabuo free. Will he let his feelings get in the way of doing the right thing?

This is a book of love, friendship, betrayal, honor, tradition, and racism. David's Guterson's characters ring true to me. His writing flows beautifully as he peels away the layers of the town and it's inhabitants. This is a fast reading book that I didn't want to put down. I highly recommend it!
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By Pauline on Aug. 23 2008
Format: Paperback
Carl Heine a local fisherman is found dead tangled up in his fishing net. The sheriff takes the body to be examined and the corner finds a head trauma that reminds him of the type of trauma caused by a gun butt, the type a Japanese soldier would be trained to inflict. The Sheriff searches the boat of the American citizen of Japanese descent, Kabuo, and finds enough evidence to charge him with the murder of Carl Heine.

"Snow Falling on Cedars" is a book that confronts racism and its blinding effect it has on intelligent people. The book takes place eight years after the end of the World War II and the people of San Piedro Island are mistrustful of the Japanese in their community. The Japanese of the community had been sent off to exile during the war losing all their possessions. Though Kabuo even served in the war fighting Germans on behalf of the Americans the town people are convinced he is responsible for Carl's death. The interesting point here is that Carl is of German descent, but since there is no great physical difference between him and the majority of the population like there is with the Japanese no one mistrusts Carl for an instant.

Ishmael the town reporter is a sorrowful character with no life to speak of. He was involved with Kabuo's wife when they were teenagers, but she detached herself from him and he became bitter and cursed the Japanese when he fought them in war for they reminded him of Hatsue and her lack of love for him.
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