Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson

10 06 2008

 

An intriguing read set in 1954 about a Japanese man that is on trial for murder. The book takes you back to the beginnings of World War 2 and the Japanese-Americans being relocated to confinement camps…it takes you through lost lands, loves and limbs, through glimpse of the characters lives…If you enjoy descriptive reading, then you’ll enjoy this. It doesn’t move super quickly, but it’s also not a boring read…I found it enjoyable…cover price is $14.95 here in the US, I fortunately got it on a buy one get one free sale at Barnes & Noble , so I didn’t actually pay anything for it, however, it still would have been worth it…it’s also worthy to note that it is a recipient of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award…overall, I’d give it 4 stars for easy readability and it’s ability to drag you into every scene, whether you want to go or not…the characters are all very unique, and as much as the evidence points to the main character, Kabuo Miyamoto’s guiltiness, you’ll find yourself hoping for his innocence.  Even the hard-knock journalist Ishmael Chambers is likable…it’s hard to not like him despite his desolate outlook on the world…even though he’s been through horrible unimaginable things (like losing an arm) he’s still a good person, even though he struggles with a lot of internal conflicts…the book spends a lot of time examining the psyches of these people, which adds to the descriptiveness of the book, but also aids in making the reader become part of the book…I realize I’m probably rambling a lot and it’s not exactly a book review my high school English teacher would have accepted, but…it is a good book that I’d recommend…and for some other reviews by some more affluent, good-with-words reviewers, in all fairness though, I should let you know I only picked the ones that I agreed with…

 

“Luminous…a beautifully assured and full-bodied novel [that] becomes a tender examination of fairness and forgiveness…. Guterson has fashioned something haunting and true.” –Pico Iyer, Time

 

“Haunting… A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper.” –Los Angeles Times

 

“Guterson uses a rich scenario and cast of characters to explore issues much deeper than the usual. Like the snowfall that is its constant refrain, Snow Falling On Cedars builds up gradually, steadily, surrounding the reader with its magic.” –Newsday

 

“Intriguing…. At various moments a courtroom drama, an interracial love story, and a war chronicle. Guterson melds these components into a novel that explores how individuals and communities abuse, retreat from, or use their histories as motivating forces. Vividly written.” –San Francisco Chronicle

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Have You Forgotten??

30 05 2008

You want to know what really pissees me off?? People who were 100% pro-war back in 2001/early 2002, yet now, are all against the war in Iraq. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not at all, nor have I ever been a Bush supporter…but, even back in 2001 when he was discussing going to war with Iraq, he said that it would be a long fight, it would be a long war, and people would lose their lives…and EVERYONE was ready to go in and kick some Iraqi ass…what happened to that??? Now people say how we shouldn’t be there…maybe, just maybe you should have thought of that before you were already to go to war…I think Bush is a complete idiot to be honest, but…I can say that for once I agreed with him…people were living in the aftermath of 9-11 and eager to go “catch the bad guys” just remember that, now, when you’re so quick to insult the war.

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Memorial Day

26 05 2008

Hit Play below, before reading any further.

Just wanted to wish everyone a very happy memorial day. To all the veterans and active duty military, my thanks! We appreciate everything you do, even if there are times we forget to say it. And also, to the military families, thank you. I think war is even harder on the families than on the soliders…and they hardly ever get thanks… I was a military wife once, and I remember how difficult it was. I also have many friends that have children, and who’s husbands are abroad…I know how hard it is. So a special thanks to all the spouses, and moms, and dads, and brothers, and sisters, and grandparents,  and kids of the military…my heart goes out to you.





I Cannot Believe This!!

11 05 2008

So, I’ve spent the weekend cleaning house and organizing and getting ready to start my den/trophy room remodel, so I’m offically exhausted! But there was an article I read a week or so ago, and I think that everyone needs to read it, and boom bard the STUPID school board with letters, phone calls and emails. How heartless this world has become. The article is below…

 

Dad calls from Iraq, son gets suspended

Master Sgt. Morris Hill is serving his country in Iraq, a long way away from his beloved sons back in Texas. Luckily, these days, we have the means for people on opposite sides of the planet to talk to each other in real time, almost without regard to where they actually are. We have cell phones.

Unfortunately, the only time Hill could call his son Brandon was during the school day — a time when students are generally forbidden from using their cell phones. It would seem, however, that this situation would count as extraordinary circumstances and an exception could be made, but administrators disagree. Brandon was suspended for taking the call.

“He called me during class, because that’s the only time that he could,” Brandon said. “I answered the call as I was walking out of class. The teacher followed me out and said, ‘Oh what are you doing?’ I said my dad was calling from Iraq, and I know he needs to talk to me.” Brandon was sent to the office and given a two-day suspension.

Master Sgt. Morris Hill, Brandon's dad.The odd part is that the father had apparently made an arrangement in advance with the assistant principal to allow his sons to receive calls from him. “He had spoken with Mr. Fletcher,” said Pat Hill, the boys’ mother. “He thought there was an agreement understood that if he called either Joshua or Brandon at school, that everything was fine.”

“If this would have been the last phone call from my husband, and he’s in trouble for it and then has to deal with something happening to his dad that would be even harder,” Mrs. Hill added. “These schools have to stop and realize, especially when you are in a military community, we support our soldiers, we support our troops. What about them when they are in Iraq trying to reach their family?”Brandon Hill was suspended after taking a call from his dad in Iraq during class.

Mrs. Hill is trying to get the suspension removed from her son’s record, but the school says the matter is closed. Whether or not you support the United States’ actions overseas, you’ve got to understand that the soldiers are doing their job and that they and their families are still people — people who care very much about each other and have a need to stay in contact. It seems to me that the school could be more understanding on that point.

Article finished…back to blog:
The school board that’s responsible for this is Copperas Cove in Texas their information is below. Whether or not you agree with the war, I really hope you agree that in this case, the School Board is wrong!
Address: 703 W Avenue D, Copperas Cove, TX 76522
Phone: 254-547-1227
Fax: 254-547-7060
Dr. Carol Saxenian- Principal – saxenianc@ccisd.com
Jimmy Shuck- Associate Principal – jimmy@ccisd.com
Richard Fletcher- Assistant Principal – fletcherr@ccisd.com
Genie Jhingoor- Assistant Principal – jhingoorg@ccsid.com
Cynthia Kostroun- Assistant Principal – kostrounc@ccisd.com
School Board

School Board 08

Inez Faison, Dr. Rose Cameron, Joan Manning, Lynn Wessels,
Bob Weiss, Jim Copeland, Glynn Powell, Mike Wilburn