Based on David Guterson's bestselling novel, Snow Falling on Cedars is far removed from the character-driven, pure storytelling of Shine and a comparative pl Read More Australian director Scott Hicks's follow-up to his widely beloved Shine comes as a small shock. Based on David Guterson's bestselling novel, Snow Falling on Cedars is far removed from the character-driven, pure storytelling of Shine and a comparative plunge into moody atmospherics. Action insinuates itself through the director's determined eye for watercolor composition and free-floating perspective, like random shoots of new growth in an overwhelming rain forest.
Kabuo Miyamoto stands accused of killing Carl Heine, Jr. In addition, Carl's blood is on Miyamoto's gaff, one of his lines is found tied to a cleat on Miyamoto's boat and Miyamoto refuses to explain these anomalies.
As the trial unfolds, local newspaper editor Ishmael Chambers is flooded with memories. He had a secret love affair with the young Japanese girl who later married Miyamoto and he lost an arm fighting the Japanese in the South Pacific.
Now it appears that he may be the only thing that stands between Miyamoto and a guilty verdict. There is really no way to avoid the fact that only the Jim Crow laws compare to the Internment of the Japanese during World War II as the low point for civil rights in this country.
Even Slavery and the annihilation of the Indians made sense within the context in which they occurred. But the rounding up of American citizens, in under the provisions of Executive Ordersimply An analysis of the book snow falling on cedars of their race, was genuinely despicable.
And it is especially important to recall that it was the act of two of the deities of 20th century American Liberalism--FDR and Earl Warren. This is instructive both for what it tells us about the men, that just like Bull Connor or Lester Maddox they placed their own political interests ahead of human rights, as well as for what it tells us about the terror a democracy is capable of imposing.
It is significant to note that the Japanese were rounded up only in states where they wielded little political power. Hawaii, which had actually been attacked and where they were a much larger portion of the population, made no effort to intern it's population, in no small part, because they represented a political force to be reckoned with later.
So how can you not fall prostrate and worshipful before this oh so earnest tale of racism in the Pacific Northwest in the 40's and 50's? How about, because the author stacks the deck so badly on one side that the book is devoid of even the semblance of dramatic tension.
Here's the first sentence of the novel: The accused man, Kabuo Miyamoto, sat proudly upright with a rigid grace, his palms placed softly on the defendant's table--the posture of a man who has detached himself insofar as possible at his own trial.
From this unambiguous beginning, Miyamoto is subsequently cloaked in ever increasing layers of nobility, until the very concept that he could have committed this crime is almost laughable. So we're not exactly engulfed in a mystery here. Does the trial tell us something about racism?
Given the excruciatingly contrived set up of the evidence in Carl, Jr's death, it would have been irresponsible not to try Miyamoto for the murder. Is the process itself corrupted by bigotry? Judge, prosecutor and defense attorney all seem trapped in a trial they don't really believe in.
So what's the point? However, when Lee wrote her book it was an act of political courage for a Southern woman to honestly portray the racist Southern justice system. And Atticus Finch put himself, his children and his legal practice at risk in order to defend an unjustly accused black man.
No character here is taking similar risks and Guterson is so risk averse that he nearly beatifies his Japanese american characters.
There is really no similarity between the two books and Guterson does not deserve to be compared to Lee.
Everything in the book is predictable from the moment you read the dust jacket. The only interest remaining is the forlorn hope that you're wrong and there's some plot twist coming.
Moreover, it is a sorry statement on the state of our public morality that critics have praised the book for the quality of the moral choice that Ishmael finally makes.
Where I come from, you don't accrue much spiritual credit for revealing the facts that clear an innocent man, even if you did want him out of the way so you could shtup his wife. It's not a bad book. It has some redeeming qualities, not least of which is reminding our historically challenged society about the internment of innocent Japanese citizens during the War.
But it is just so intellectually lazy and morally flaccid that it's hard to recommend it. Here is a copy of my essay. This book has been consumed by critics nationally and regurgitated in the form of pages upon pages of reviews praising the book.
However, a critical essay by Orrin C. Overall, the review questions the mystery of the novel, and I do not agree with Judd's opinion. Judd's doubts about the novel are evident in his discussion of its opening.I read SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS when it was first published years ago and it left such a positive impression that I decided to re-read it recently.
This is one of my favorite books of all time and the second time around was just as spellbinding, emotional and gripping as the first/5(). This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson.
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