Teaser Tuesdays: Snow Falling on Cedars


This book was on my TBR list for the longest time. Finally, I got around to it a couple of weeks ago, and all I can tell you right now, is that it is definitely worth the wait.

This book is primarily about the isolation and discrimination against the Japanese living in USA during the time of World War 2.

Here’s an excerpt where he beautifully describes the landscape while at the same time talking about the futility of fighting over land.

The snowfall obliterated the borders between the fields and made Kabuo Miyamoto’s long-cherished seven acres indistinguishable from the land that surrounded them.

All human claims to the landscape were superseded, made null and void by the snow.

The world was one world, and the notion that a man might kill another over some small patch of it did not make sense – though Ishmael knew that such things happened.

He had been to war, after all.

~ Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
  • The Candid Cover YA book blogg

    What an interesting book. Your quote really makes an interesting point. The playing field is now claimed by Mother Nature. I hope that you enjoyed it! <3

    • Nishita

      @thecandidcoveryabookblogg:disqus It was a slow moving book, and I wasn’t too thrilled with it in the beginning, but the ending and the superb writing made the book work for me.

  • This was one of the first books I read when restarting my reading for pleasure when my children got a bit older. I loved it. Should reread so I could review on my blog.

    • Nishita

      @disqus_DQaYnsL8NC:disqus it’s definitely worth a reread. I found some parts of it incredibly touching. Surprisingly, it was less the love story and more Ishmael’s relationship with his parents and how he was affected by war.

  • laura thomas

    Ihave this one and started it. Then I had to set it aside and never got back to it.

    Here’s my TT

    • Nishita

      @laurathomas61:disqus I had that hump too, Laura. The beginning doesn’t really pull you, but I found the second-half pretty compelling.

  • I triiiiiied so hard to like this book, and I’m afraid I couldn’t do it. It just wasn’t the book for me! Alas! But I’m glad you’re enjoying it. 🙂

    • Nishita

      @readingtheend:disqus I didn’t really enjoy everything about this book. The beginning was pretty slow, and too many flashbacks, but I loved Ishmael, and I loved the peek into small-town mid-century Americana.

  • sjhigbee

    I’ve seen the film, but I’ve never read the book – I can imagine it would be very powerful, though. My TT offering this week is a paranormal murder mystery – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/teaser-tuesday-29th-march-2016/

  • I’ve heard of this book before but never knew what it was about. It sounds like an interesting story. The teaser on my adult blog comes from I
    Dream of Dragons by Ashlyn Chase
    . Happy reading!

    • Nishita

      @kathymartin:disqus I can never open your blog 🙁 parental controls on the devices at home, and official controls at work. This book sounds wonderful, love the title.

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