Snow Falling on Cedars Book Summary and Study Guide

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A combination of murder mystery, love story, dissection of racism, and paean to the Pacific Northwest, _Snow Falling on Cedars_ tells the story of the people of San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, during and after the Second World War. In 1954, a Japanese American is charged with the murder of a local white fisherman, and Ishmael Chambers -- a one-armed veteran and the local newspaper reporter -- senses the truth may not surface in the racially charged atmosphere surrounding the trial, so he digs for the truth himself. The story doubles back to Chambers's teenaged love affair with a Japanese American girl who was carted off with the rest to the detention camps during the war. The plot is perhaps a little too pat and politically correct, but Guterson writes beautifully -- especially about the trees, mountains, rain, snow, and general natural setting of his story.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!) Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism Crime & Police story    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Pacific NW Forest?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   sail boat Island?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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