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A Modern Classic,
This review is from: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (Paperback)
As someone who has visited Copenhagen many times I found the descriptions of the city in the first part of the book fascinating, and they brought back vivid memories. The second part of the book kindled in me a great desire to visit Greenland and I did that a couple of years later, and was tremedously impressed by the scenery of that country. Both parts of the novel conjure up a vivid sense of place irrespective of whether you are already familiar with the area or have not already been there. If judged purely as a thriller the book can be criticised because the long descriptive and philosophical passages slow down the action. However to judge the book by that set of criteria would be to pigeon-hole it unfairly. It is better to judge it on its own terms as a work that is not confined by the boundaries of a particular genre. It is surely a novel that will still be read a century from now. In short, a modern classic.