Monday, August 15, 2011

Snow Falling On Cedars

By David Guterson

"This novel is set on San Pedro Island off the coast of Washington in 1954. Kabuo Miyamoto, a member of the island's Japanese-American community, is on trial for the murder of Carl Heine, a fellow fisherman. Heine's boat was found drifting one morning, with his body entangled in a net. While the death initially appeared accidental, bits of circumstantial evidence accumulate that seem to implicate Miyamoto.

Miyamoto's family was unjustly cheated out of some land by Heine's mother during the time the island's Japanese community was incarcerated in a "relocation camp" in California during the War. The dead man's traumatic head wound appeared suggestive of a Japanese "kendo" blow. Carl Heine's blood type was found on a wooden gaff on Kabuo Miyamoto's boat.

As the trial proceeds, the story of Carl, Kabuo, and what happened that night gradually evolves, as does the tale of Ishmael Chambers, the local newspaper reporter, who had a "charmed love affair" with Kabuo's wife when they were both adolescents, just before the Japanese families were sent away in 1942. It is clear, however, that this is more than a story of one man's guilt or innocence; it is a story of a community's fear and prejudice against the Japanese-Americans in its midst."

(Above taken from this page).

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it and enjoys mysteries!

7 comments:

Deanna said...

Tori, I read this book years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I do believe I need to read it again!

Toriz said...

Deanna:
Yes, you should read it again! :)

AliceKay said...

I've never read the book, but I've seen the movie. Couldn't remember who was in it so I googled it. The movie starred Ethan Hawke, and it came out in January of 2000.

ChicagoLady said...

I recognized the title as a movie, did not know it was originally a book. Sounds like a very good story.

Toriz said...

AK:
Did you enjoy the movie version?

Chicago:
Well, I didn't know it was a movie. LOL! Did you enjoy the movie?

Intense Guy said...

I want to know who dun it!

Toriz said...

Iggy:
You'll have to read the book then... I don't want to give away the ending to anyone by telling you who did it.