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November - World Book #11 - Smilla's Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg

In many recent book club meetings, people have voiced interest in reading a Scandinavian thriller on our trip around the world.  November's book is an international best seller written by Danish author Peter Hoeg, and will hopefully give us a glimpse into the world of mystery/thrillers coming out of that region of the world.


Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Her childhood in Greenland gives her an appreciation for the complex structures of snow, and when she notices that the boy's footprints show he ran to his death, she decides to find out who was chasing him. As she attempts to solve the mystery, she uncovers a series of conspiracies and cover-ups and quickly realizes that she can trust nobody. Her investigation takes her from the streets of Copenhagen to an icebound island off the coast of Greenland. What she finds there has implications far beyond the death of a single child. The unusual setting, gripping plot, and compelling central character add up to one of the most fascinating and literate thrillers of recent years.

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  • JSeguritan

    This is gonna sound unreal but I just got sent to the ER while at work. I was looking forward to attending tonight but will likely be in hospital overnight. Hope you all have a fruitful & insightful discussion!

    November 4, 2013

    • Jean G.

      Hope you're feeling better soon!

      1 · November 4, 2013

    • JSeguritan

      Thank you for your concern! It ended up being less serious than initially thought. Gosh I'm so curious what kind of discussion took place this evening. Though I was captivated by the narrative's essential mystery, the journey was exquisitely paced and layered with Smilla's philosophical musings and socio-historical commentary. Smilla's attraction to ice & winter is counter-cultural on its surface, but a window to engaging the modern world differently. For Smilla, ice and snow evoke order, symmetry and stasis, and more personally, the familiarity of home and her mother. Therein lies a purity of vision that stands against the backdrop of intrigue, deception, capitalist greed, opulence and unbridled ambition--basically the thrust of the plot, and elements of a rising "European" world order. As the novel's closing thoughts grasp for resolution, how much of Smilla's view of the appropriate response consist of isolation? Or adaptation? Only the tip of the iceberg...

      1 · November 5, 2013

  • Maureen

    Deepa, Ijust got word that friends are stopping by for dinner, so I will be unable to make it tonight. I am going to try and move some things around so I can make it on Wednesday. I will let you know for sure tomorrow afternoon. Sorry, I was looking forward to the Monday group. I am just glad I actually made dinner to serve them lol.
    Have fun!!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't wait to meet you all !!

    October 20, 2013

    • Deepa


      October 28, 2013

  • JSeguritan

    Hi all! Hope there's room for newbies as I've always been hankering to join a book club in the area, and was fortunate to discover this one! I live in Lawrenceville, NJ (near QB mall) and always harbored an appreciation for literature (English minor in college). My high school teacher instilled this passion, and one of his suggested novels was Smilla's Sense of Snow (how coincidental!). Look forward to attending and meeting everyone!

    October 28, 2013

    • Deepa

      There's always room for newcomers! Looking forward to meeting you!

      October 28, 2013

  • Anna

    I've also read this book before and am reading it again for the book club.

    October 24, 2013

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