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on 22 May 2013
A lovely piece of thought provoking literature. It did lose my interest at times, though, with the back stories, as it was very detailed
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VINE VOICEon 10 February 2008
In the overcrowded field of mystery thrillers, it's not often one comes across a book that is not only a great mystery but also a literary testament to the turmoil of humanity, but that is exacly what David Guterson has achieved with Snow Falling on Cedars. The 'action' takes place over the course of three days, in a court room presided over by an elderly judge, in an small island community being pummelled by one of the worst wintery storms in living memory. Kabuo, a third generation Japanese immigrant, is accused of the first degree murder of another island fisherman. But as the case unfurls, Guterson takes us on a tour of this island's history that reveals the tensions and turmoil of island life, and reveals the backstories of the accused, the victim and many of the witnesses and spectators. Each character is laid bare, exposed to the censure of the pen, while Guterson leaves the reader to make their own judgement. In finely crafted, laconic prose, Snow Falling on Cedars is a testament to the pointlessly of war, the duality of the nature of love and, above all, to the power to humanity to do the right thing in the end. An engaging parable, a gripping thriller, and fine book. Highly recommended.
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on 19 May 2014
An excellent thought provoking read, it was difficult to put it down. I look forward to reading more of David Guterson
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VINE VOICEon 3 January 2008
This is not a whodunnit in the Agatha Christie sense of the term. Do not expect everyone to gather in the drawing room where the detective will point their finger at the person every reader had worked out on page six was the guilty party.

If that is what you expect then you will be disappointed. As other reviewers have said it is a pity in many ways that someone chose to label the book as a whodunnit. Yes this is a courtroom drama and yes there is a mystery to solve. More importantly though is that this book is a superbly told description of a small community, exacerbated even further by their insularity, both literal and metaphorical, and some slight racist overtones. That it does superbly but the amount of description Guterson uses to achieve that does get in the way of approaching this as a simple whodunnit.

If you like Joanne Harris' novels then this should appeal. It has those similar themes of small communities but is in many ways a far better account. If you want a true whodunnit then look elsewhere, that is not the main point of this book.
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on 24 November 2014
Loved this book. Rich in characterisation and plot keeps you gripped. Full of humanity and all its fraility.
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on 27 August 2013
This story really grips you. I have visited the area where it is set which may help but really worth a read
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on 11 April 2014
Arrived on time and was a good price - in plenty of time for me to read
and digest for my Book Group.
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on 5 April 2015
An excellent book on many levels providing a good read. Thoroughly enjoyable as well as thought provoking.
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on 19 November 2015
Beautifully written, but a bit drawn out. I would not have described it as a "thiriller".
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on 2 July 2014
A little too much detail about characters who don't matter, but a fascinating story.
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