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Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
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Oct 15, 08

Read in October, 2008

The last 150 pages of this book are brilliant. As I was reading the rest of it, I kept thinking that I would've enjoyed it more if I was reading it for personal reasons rather than for work. I'm teaching it in English 102 (not by choice) and I prefer to teach tightly contained books (this one is sprawling). English 102 is a first-year class and I'll probably have three ninety-minute classes to devote to this novel (at the most). We won't even scratch the surface. I used to teach Obasan -- a Canadian book about the same issue of North American racism against Japanese post WWII -- and Snow Falling on Cedars is a better book. Definitely. But it won't be as teachable. Still, in the last 150 pages, I was so caught up in the emotion and weight of the story that I completely forgot about my teaching concerns. It's a wonderful and important book.
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