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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing reading experience, 10 Sept. 2006
This review is from: Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (Paperback)
The Eskimos have more than twenty different words for snow. Most of them will be found in this book. When a Greenlander boy falls to his death from a Copenhagen rooftop the police regard it as an accident. But Smilla Jaspersen, a half-Greenlander, is familiar with reading tracks in snow, and realises that her young friend has probably been murdered.

So begins this long novel. Not only a whodunnit, but a why-did-they-do-it and a what-exactly-did-they-do mystery. And a gripping thriller. The densely-hatched action commences in and around the Denmark capital, moves out to sea, and climaxes in Greenland. Those responsible for the boy's murder realise that Smilla is on to them, and are out to silence her at any cost, in case she should jeopardise their larger plans.

This is an unputdownable book, bristling with surprising twists and turns of plot. Hoeg is a talented writer, and his development of the characters, Smilla in particular, is masterful. She is portrayed as a sensitive, intelligent, and resourceful individual, proud of her Inuit roots and relentless in her pursuit of those responsible for the death of her friend and fellow-countryman.

Hoeg has researched well, and his descriptions of life and conditions in Greenland and of the local scenery are both beautifully depicted and completely believable. A totally absorbing reading experience.
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