Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

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When her six-year-old neighbor falls to his death, and no one is willing to suspect foul play, Smilla Qaavigaaq Jasperson finds her own investigation taking her into the files of a Danish company

Blackwell North Amer
Smilla's Sense of Snow presents one of the toughest heroines in modern fiction. Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit, but she lives in Copenhagen. She is thirty-seven, single, childless, moody, and she refuses to fit in. Smilla's six-year-old Inuit neighbor, Isaiah, manages only with a stubbornness that matches her own to befriend her.
When Isaiah falls off a roof and is killed, Smilla doesn't believe it's an accident. She has seen his tracks in the snow, and she knows about snow. She decides to investigate and discovers that even the police don't want her to get involved. But opposition appeals to Smilla.
As all of Copenhagen settles down for a quiet Christmas, Smilla's investigation takes her from a fervently religious accountant to a tough-talking pathologist and an alcoholic shipping magnate and into the secret files of the Danish company responsible for extracting most of Greenland's mineral wealth - and finally onto a ship with an international cast of villains bound for a mysterious mission on an uninhabitable island off Greenland.
To read Smilla's Sense of Snow is to be taken on a magical, nerve-shattering journey - from the snow-covered streets of Copenhagen to the awesome beauty of the Arctic ice caps. A mystery, a love story, and an elegy for a vanishing way of life, Smilla's Sense of Snow is a breathtaking achievement, an exceptional feat of storytelling.

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& Taylor

When her six-year-old neighbor falls to his death, and no one is willing to suspect foul play, Smilla Qaavigaaq Jasperson finds her own investigation taking her into the files of a Danish company. 40,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo. BOMC.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1993.
ISBN: 9780374266448
0374266441
Branch Call Number: M HOE
Characteristics: 453 p. ; 24 cm.

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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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