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Smilla's Sense of Snow Paperback – October 1, 1995
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The central character, Smilla, is of mixed Greenlandic and Danish parentage - and the conflicts between those two cultures, one colonial, one native, are alive within her constantly. The dialectic that exists between these two forces - which has so often transformed and rent the fabric of human society - tears at her life. She is a strong-willed, intelligent woman who is not really sure what she wants or expects from life - she trusts her instincts, but not necessarily her heart. When she comes upon the body of her six-year-old neighbor Isaiah crumpled in the snow outside their apartment building, dead from a fall from the roof, she is immediately suspicious - and when the police almost instantly rule the death an accident, Smilla's initial doubts increase. They continue to do so almost exponentially as she begins to look into the case - and her investigation leads her into one dangerous situation after another.Read more ›
I first read this literary thriller when it was published in 1993. Smilla Jaspersen--half Greenlander, half Dane, an unconventional loner and brilliant scientist who struggles with her conflicted upbringing--is devastated when a young boy she has befriended mysteriously falls to his death from the roof of their apartment building. Unsatisfied that it was an accident, she follows a trail from Copenhagen to the bleak Arctic reaches to solve his murder. Since that time I've probably read it a half a dozen times--and not for the incantatory power of the prose. Don't get me wrong--the writing is terrific and the story is compelling, complex, and extraordinarily well-plotted--but what gripped me most about this book was the main character. And she still grips me.
Smilla is undoubtedly the first contemporary fictional female character who isn't a wife, mother, saint, or a whore.Read more ›
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An interesting and often exciting novel packed with fascinating geological tidbits. Smilla is a fiercely independent woman, intelligent, brave and strong.Published 10 days ago by Noelani Gentry
Just full of ludicrous pseudo-intellectual horse pucky and not only that he couldn't even figure out how to end it. What a waste.Published 20 days ago by BV
Just finished it, going to immediately re-read it. Great suspense novel. I find myself looking things up from the book to find out what is real.Published 1 month ago by Quixote
Great mystery about a complicated scientific woman whose drawn into solving the mysterious death of a young boy she had befriended in her apartment building. Read morePublished 2 months ago by n.beth
Loved the movie which is what I thought I ordered ,instead I got the book.I have decided to keep the book but I haven't read it yet. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Lumley
Beautiful writing. Intelligent plot. Never believed understanding snow, ice, tides, shipping and Greenland could result in something so thought provoking. Read morePublished 4 months ago by SAYMORE