Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Book Review - What's in a Name Challenge

I keep changing my slections for the different categories for the What's in a Name Challenge, but I am certainly happy with the books I have been reading!

My "weather" book is Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. I enjoyed this book, but if the other people at the book talk about this book that I attended are any indication, I don't have much company in that opinion.

This book is set in the Pacific Northwest and focuses on the lives of a number of individuals affected by the death of a local fisherman. The book begins with the trial of a local Japanese man accused of the crime and flashes back in time to events involving the main characters. Prejudice is a prevalent theme as the characters' actions and opinions are colored by WWII and the experiences and actions of Japanese Americans and European Americans during that time.

I had a hard time getting into the book in the beginning, but was enthralled by the characters as the book went on. Others at the book discussion found the narrator to be an unsympathetic and stunted character and didn't enjoy the book. Although it wasn't my favorite book ever, I would recommend it and found it to be a good combination of mystery and history.

3 comments:

Debi said...

Well, that moves me off the fence. Think I'll have to read it sometime. I've seen such mixed reviews on it. But my mom just read it and enjoyed it, and with you enjoying it as well...well, that's two opinions I trust.

Alessandra said...

I've wanted to read this book for some time but never actually had the time to pick it up... Thank you for the review, I hope I can read it sometime!

Zinna said...

People should read this.