September Book Club - Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson

 

Discussion of the novel 'Snow Falling On Cedars' by David Guterson.
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award

American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award

San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense-- one that leaves us shaken and changed.

"Haunting.... A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper."--Los Angeles Times

"Compelling...heart-stopping. Finely wrought, flawlessly written."--The New York Times Book Review.

 

Do not see the awful Ethan Hawke movie as a substitute. It's a poor adaptation of a fine novel!

 

We can all go to a Japanese restaurant afterwards for dinner.

 

 

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  • sean

    Great preparation by Ria, good humorous discussion...............

    September 17, 2013

  • Ria

    Thanks to those who came along and for making it such a great discussion. See ya all in October .

    September 16, 2013

  • Ria

    Thanks to those who came along and for making it such a great discussion. See ya all in October .

    September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the meetup.. Well organised and thought provoking ..!

    September 15, 2013

  • Seema

    Hi Ria, Thank you very much for choosing good book and good restaurant.

    September 15, 2013

  • Malvinder

    Could not make the book club but the dinner venue was pretty cool as was the discussion later. Thank you Ria.

    For those of us who stayed back in the hotel bar, I came across an article earlier today which touches at the heart of our chat last night. I especially liked the first point on 'Be Vulnerable'

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/15/conquering-fear_n_3909020.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Vinita

    Interesting discussion

    September 15, 2013

  • Sheila C

    Good book, good discussion. . . . .

    September 15, 2013

  • PC

    Hi I'm running quite late I'm afraid
    Had to get a plumber in
    See you soon

    September 14, 2013

  • Sue

    I'd like to come along for the meal

    September 14, 2013

  • Ria

    If you're interested in joining us for an interactive dining experience at Inamos after from 6.15pm (4-12 Lower Regent St) please let me know so I can get a better idea of numbers. It's an offer of 2 courses for £15. Not bad for Saturday night!

    September 12, 2013

    • Gail

      You can use the top right hand part of your table as a touch screen (its actually an overhead projector) to view the menu , order your food, change the tablecloth design, keep tabs on your bill, play games with the person sitting opposite you etc. Different.......but fun.

      September 13, 2013

    • Malvinder

      Sounds intimidating ;-)

      September 14, 2013

  • Gail

    I should be able to join for dinner.

    September 13, 2013

  • Caroline

    Really sorry to have to miss the discussion (and dinner): I have to be at work.
    Just in case anyone's interested, my thoughts on the book are at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/677567861 - the group get a special mention in my review.
    Enjoy! I'm sure you will!
    Caroline

    September 12, 2013

  • PC

    Ill join for dinner

    September 12, 2013

  • nivedita

    Anti Hero / Hero . Its very difficult WHO to choose from from a readers point of view. They are unique in their own respective world but their angles of approach towards life is different . Would like to know and learn more. I am like a sponge and knowledge seeker.

    September 8, 2013

    • Ria

      Great. Look forward to continuing the discussion on 14th.

      September 9, 2013

  • Jon

    Sorry, have realised that I've double booked with pre-arranged visit from the aged parents. Hope to make the next meetup though.

    September 8, 2013

  • Sheila C

    enjoying this book....... was wondering who Ethan Hawke plays in the apparently terrible movie version?

    August 24, 2013

    • Ria

      Ishmael Chambers - our hero/anti hero!

      August 28, 2013

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