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Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
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While this may be one of the more depressing and traumatic novels out there, this book sends a strong message in relation t prejudice and racism that has occurred in America over the years. Especially in that pivotal period after World War II when the Japanese in America had just been released from the internment camps. What makes this book so bold is probably it's characters, the book itself may be fiction but the characters personalities are really dynamic and they give off a feeling that the story itself was actually true. The genre of the book itself wasn't really for me, it still deserves a good amount of respect for putting the racism of the times in perspective in order to talk in an allegorical manner on issues that relate to the American justice system as well as how America had changed as a nation after each war. The detail and descriptions of the events that take place are also well done especially in the court parts where author David Guterson builds a high tension mood for the reader to get sucked into. However one key element in the book is the use of flashbacks as a way of storytelling, in a book that revolves around perspectives and evidence it is important to show the elements of the case in different lights and it also put the aspects of innocence versus guilty into factor a lot more. Overall this book is definitely a good read and I especially enjoyed the parts about the different scenarios on the boat which kept the flashbacks fresh.
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