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In this international bestseller, Peter Høeg successfully combines the pleasures of literary fiction with those of the thriller. Smilla Jaspersen, half Danish, half Greenlander, attempts to understand the death of a small boy who falls from the roof of her apartment building. Her childhood in Greenland gives her an appreciation for the complex structures of snow, and when she notices that the boy's footprints show he ran to his death, she decides to find out who was chasing him. As she attempts to solve the mystery, she uncovers a series of conspiracies and cover-ups and quickly realizes that she can trust nobody. Her investigation takes her from the streets of Copenhagen to an icebound island off the coast of Greenland. What she finds there has implications far beyond the death of a single child. The unusual setting, gripping plot, and compelling central character add up to one of the most fascinating and literate thrillers of recent years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The title of this quiet, absorbing suspense novel by a Danish author only suggests the intriguing story it tells. After young Isaiah Christiansen falls from a snow-covered roof in present-day Copenhagen, something about his lone rooftop tracks--and the fact that the boy had a fear of heights--obsesses Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen, a woman who had befriended him. Smilla is 37, unmarried, and, like Isaiah, part of Denmark's small Eskimo/Greenlander community. She is also a minor Danish authority on the properties and classification of ice. Her search for what had frightened the boy leads her to uncover information about his father's mysterious death on a secret expedition to Greenland, a mission funded by a powerful Danish corporation involved in a strange conspiracy stretching back to WW II. As related in Smilla's sober, no-nonsense narration, the plot acquires credibility even as its details become more bizarre. While the novel will probably be compared to Gorky Park , Hoeg has much more to offer, both in terms of his impeccable literary style and in the glimpses he provides of an utterly foreign culture. Its chief virtue, however, is the narrator: Smilla is never less than believable in her contradictions--caustic, caring, thoughtful, impulsive, determined and above all, rebellious. Smoothly translated by Nunnally, this is Hoeg's third novel, but the first to appear in English. A dark, taut, compelling story, it's a real find. 40,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo; BOMC selection.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I learned a lot about Greenland. There was a bit too much violence for my taste, though. Smilla always seemed to be escaping from people who wanted to do her in.Published 1 day ago by Sandra Rumbler
Great overview of the people from Denmark and Greenland. We are going to Copenhagen next year and I was looking for a novel that would give me a flavor of this area.Published 9 days ago by Kathleen Keller
History of two countries. The science of water in its different forms. The incredible wounded lead and her strengths and honest awareness of self and mankind.Published 13 days ago by anxious sleeper
This is a go-to book to read when you're spending a weekend in Tahoe. It's even better if it's snowing outside. Adult content.Published 1 month ago by Anne M.
A fascinating story but sometimes bogs down with too much description. Learned a lot from it but I think it would benefit from some tighter editing.Published 1 month ago by MTP
I've read about this book and wante dto read it myself. And I did. It's that kind of book you can't leave apart but you're sorrow it comes to the end...Published 2 months ago by Raluca Voicu
Have been a reader for over 60 years. Thought i'd give this one a try because of all the great reviews. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn Peterson
This book was weird, hard to follow and ended abruptly. I was disappointed as it came to me highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by Alvin P. Lookofsky