Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
Right around the anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, one of the most highly respected fishermen was murdered, supposedly, by a Japanese-American man. Although San Piedro is a quiet, isolated little island, there is a secret hatred between all of the Japanese and American people that inhabit the town. Ordinarily, this little dispute wouldn’t mean much, but because of the town’s history, many suspect this to be a hate crime, and will do anything to prove that Kabuo Miyamoto is responsible for the killing of Carl Heine.
My Personal Thoughts
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. It’s a very dense read that requires an abundant amount of patience to read but once you get into it, it flies by. While reading the book, the reader has to be capable of shifting their mind between what is a flashback, present day, and the future. Also, the reader has to decide whether they feel the trial of the main character is racially motivated or a fair case, which also makes the book very interesting to read. The story is enthusiastically told, and in the end, the reader will be able to unravel the mystery of the case.
“He loved humankind dearly and with all his heart, but he disliked most human beings”
Map of the fictional "San piedro"
to get a better feel of the book, check out this movie trailer
Song about the internment camps