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On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with coldblooded murder. The year is 1954, and the shadow of World War II, with its brutality abroad and internment of Japanese Americans at home, hangs over the courtroom. Ishmael Chambers, who lost an arm in the Pacific war and now runs the island newspaper inherited from his father, is among the journalists covering the trial - a trial that brings him close, once again, to Hatsue Miyomoto, the wife of the accused man and Ishmael's never-forgotten boyhood love. Hatsue and Ishmael, in the years before the war came between them, had dug clams together, picked strawberries in San Piedro's verdant fields, and passed long hours in the secrecy of a giant hollow cedar tree. Now, as a heavy snowfall surrounds and impedes the progress of Kabuo Miyomoto's trial, they and the other participants must come to a reckoning with the past, with culture, nature, and love, and with the possibilities of the human will. Both suspenseful and beautifully crafted, Snow Falling on Cedars portrays the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral action despite the indifference of nature and circumstance.

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On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder. Set in 1954 in the shadow of World War II, Snow Falling on Cedars is a beautifully crafted courtroom drama, love story, and war novel, illuminating the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral action despite the indifference of nature and circumstance.

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A “finely wrought, flawlessly written” novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is “at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true” (Pico Iyer, Time). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A fall 1999 major motion picture.

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willma04, April 2, 2014 (view all comments by willma04)
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson is a masterfully written novel that takes readers on a journey through history. On the surface, this is merely a murder trial, but it turns progresses into much more. A timeless story of a forbidden love, societal rules, racial tension and a war are all rolled into one, taking readers on an unexpected adventure through World War II on the homefront. A murder trial is used in conjunction with flashbacks of historical significance that allow Guterson to comment on the importance of forgiving others.
San Piedro is a small island town in Washington state. People from small towns will understand this statement: everyone is connected in some way, shape, or form in a small town. This statement is no different on San Piedro Island. When foul play is suspected in the death of a local fisherman, Carl Heine, every citizen has something to contribute to the story. The story is taking place in the courtroom for the murder trial of a Japanese-American, Kabou Miyamoto, and every character is present in the courtroom. The story is primarily seen through the eyes of a reporter for the San Piedro Times, Ishmael Chamber. As Ishmael is doing his own investigation the story ventures into further detail on characters background as Ishmael is reporting on them. Guterson utilizes a third person omniscient point of view to provide readers with in depth information on how events in history have affected characters to reach this murder trial. Seemingly ordinary bystanders become major players in the novel as the story unfolds. Each character has a specific puzzle piece to add to the story, and Guterson begins to paint the picture within the readers mind utilizing a unique version of third person point of view. In the end, these characters stories fits together giving the reader the full image of what has happened.
Each characters individual story takes place at a different time in history. Guterson walks the reader through the effects of World War II. Before World War II times were good and people lived life with acceptance of others on San Piedro Island. After the attacks on Pearl Harbor racial fears were exposed. San Piedro was soon riddled with racial tension, which split families apart and ruined many Japanese-American lives after being placed in internment camps. Many people today don’t know the stuggles associated with the Japanese-Americans, and the governments unfair classification of them based on fear. Racial tensions are deeply rooted in the events that cause this murder trial to arise.
While this crazy puzzle is beginning to take shape, the outcome of the trialrelies upon a single man. Ishmael Chambers, the local journalist, is presented a single decision to make. Is he willing to forgive events that happened in the past and move on to bigger and better things, or will Ishmael hold on to the past? Guterson’s comment on forgiveness relies on the truth. Ishmael believes that truth has the ability to reveal the best possible outcome, but will his longing for love prevent him from doing what’s best? His decision has a lot riding on it being that the entire community is affected by his decision “An enemy on an island is an enemy forever" (439). The power of forgiveness, or lack of, will impact how citizens of San Piedro learn to overcome their issues rooted in their deep past.
This was a fantastic novel which taught a meaningful lesson of forgiving. The novel was able to teach a lesson while being entertaining. It felt as if I were a member of the jury of Kabou’s murder trial. My viewpoints would change as the novel progressed with the presentation of new information, my ideas would be persuaded by emotions of characters. Other times it felt as if step by step the reader was the lead investigator digging back in time to retrieve the facts and stories told in the past. The style allowed the reader to feel as if they were participating in the murder trial process. Snow Falling on Cedars presents unique perspective allowed for a refreshing approach to comment on issues within our society.
Snow Falling on Cedars is a murder mystery turned into a historical lesson with great significance. As issues of a forbidden love, societal rules, racial tension, and war arise the murder trial nearly turns into an afterthought. The ideas presented within the novel mean so much more than the murder mystery itself. Guterson uses these ideas to underscore the importance of forgiveness to gain tranquility.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151001002
Author:
Guterson, David
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Washington (state)
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Journalists
Subject:
Japanese Americans
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Washington
Subject:
Washington (State) Fiction.
Subject:
Journalists -- Washington (State) -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
2419
Publication Date:
19940931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.36 lb

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On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial for murder. Set in 1954 in the shadow of World War II, Snow Falling on Cedars is a beautifully crafted courtroom drama, love story, and war novel, illuminating the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral action despite the indifference of nature and circumstance.

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A “finely wrought, flawlessly written” novel (New York Times Book Review), set on a small island in the Puget Sound, that is “at various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle” (San Francisco Chronicle). “Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true” (Pico Iyer, Time). Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. A fall 1999 major motion picture.

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