Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Book - 1993
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Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, c1993.
ISBN: 9780374266448
0374266441
Characteristics: 453 p. ; 24 cm.

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Aunt1EJ
Apr 10, 2019

I read this every few years and each time I'm sitting on the edge of my chair! The ending is genius - and unsettling. Also, the film version is excellent.

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trickbag22
Mar 31, 2019

I found this title when seeing a list for top mystery authors of Danish descent. Although much of the technical portions of snow and ice were beyond my knowledge, they were an essential piece of Smilla’s character. This is well worth taking the time to read, especially if you enjoy a change from the typical mystery theme enjoyed by American authors.

IndyPL_ChristineB Mar 27, 2019

A dark, suspenseful story featuring Smilla Jaspersen, a Greenlander living in Denmark. She lives an isolated life and despite her best efforts to stay detached, she connects with a 6 year old Inuit boy named Isaiah who accidently dies. Smilla’s special skills in deciphering the characteristics of ice and snow convince her that Isaiah’s death was not an accident. The tension mounts with twists and turns as Smilla unravels the mystery of this young boy’s murder.

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mogie
Apr 01, 2018

I'm not sure why it took me so long to finish this book. I enjoyed it. It held my attention from the beginning. I was committed all the way to the end and then the last paragraph was blah. I recommended it to a friend with about 15 pages left and then unrecommended it. I felt like the end was a let down considering how good the rest of it was.

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asteraurora
Aug 18, 2015

Absorbing, intricate plot with fascinating detail of the Greenland Inuit culture and the impact of colonization by Denmark.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

Hoeg's half-Inuk heroine, Smilla, solves a complex and exciting case set in Denmark and Greenland.

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Lavenderseas
Mar 29, 2013

Love this book! Great read

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DssrtFirst
Mar 28, 2013

Interesting mystery/thriller with a strong female protagonist. Reminded me of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, but not as good.

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Poodles
Jul 11, 2012

The protagonist, Smilla, is a transplant from Greenland living in Denmark investigating the death of a little boy in her building. I felt the author purposely disconnect the reader from the story line and from the protagonist in order to mirror Smilla's own sense of disconnect and otherness towards Danish society. This was further emphasized because the book is a translation.

It is clearly a smart and well written literary thriller, but I do not feel that I was immersed in the story, instead I was only granted access to the sidelines.

If you like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo you may enjoy Smilla's Sense of Snow.

rdrlady Dec 10, 2010

Very interesting and complex heroine.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit who lives in Copenhagen and refuses to fit in. When her only friend, a six year old neighbour, dies, she decides to investigate using her stubbornness and her vast knowledge of snow.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit who lives in Copenhagen and refuses to fit in. When her only friend, a six year old neighbour, dies, she decides to investigate using her stubbornness and her vast knowledge of snow.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

The 1997 film based on this novel stars Julia Ormond and was directed by Billie August.

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