Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla s Sense of Snow She thinks highly of snow and ice than she does of love She lives in a world of numbers science and memories a dark exotic stranger in a strange land And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has un

She thinks highly of snow and ice than she does of love She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crimeIt happened in the Copenhagen snow A six year old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment builShe thinks highly of snow and ice than she does of love She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crimeIt happened in the Copenhagen snow A six year old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building While the boy s body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn t fall from the roof on his own Soon she is following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow For her dead neighbor, and for herself, she must embark on a harrowing journey of lies, revelation and violence that will take her back to the world of ice and snow from which she comes, where an explosive secret waits beneath the ice.

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Smilla's Sense of Snow

  1. Peter H eg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor He published his first novel, A History of Danish Dreams 1988 , to positive reviews However, it was Smilla s Sense of Snow 1992 , a million copy best seller, that earned H eg immediate and international literary celebrity His books have been published in than thirty countries.

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  1. Miss Smilla and her cast of characters were so quirky that after 100 pages I found all this quirk over the front of my shirt, all over the dining table well, I call it a dining table and stuck between the keys on my keyboard Had to get it out with a Swiss Army knife, once it had dried Sent a sample off to the lab and the results came back two parts David Lynch, three parts frankly unbelievable heroine, three parts uninvolving plot which moves at the speed of an exhausted glacier As I thought.

  2. Smilla Jaspersen, a Greenlander by birth now residing in Copenhagen, late thirties, single, lonely, moody, depressive, seemingly with a grudge against everything, the sort of girl you would take on a first date, ask to be excused to go to the bathroom only you make for the exit.But somewhere in the perpetual darkness she finds it in her heart to investigate the death of Isaiah, a small boy she befriended in her apartment block, who apparently fell of the roof whilst playing in the snow, but Smil [...]

  3. Smilla is, I think, my hands down favourite fictional character Which makes it easy for me to keep returning to this book It s a translation from Danish by Tiina Nunnally and beautiful and technical and never sentimental, and it touches on issues I find particularly interesting such as European culture versus aboriginal culture in this case Danish vs Greenlandic and the related issues of language and identity Peter Hoeg has a mind that is both scientific and whimsical and I find that particular [...]

  4. It took me two months to finish this book and not until the last three weeks and 150 pages of that endeavor did I realize that it is actually quite terrible It s been quite awhile since I ve felt so cheated, nay betrayed by a novel Because when you begin this book it is primarily concerned with the slow unfolding of character You are tied to the titular Miss Smilla and her cynical absolutist world view It doesn t take long to figure out that she has no interest in providing you with a fair, unbi [...]

  5. This is an interesting and somewhat convoluted thriller, whose laconic prose and narrative voice kept me interested even when the pacing which is a bit uneven was a little off It s really that narrative voice that raises this a notch above your standard genre thriller, although the end did partake somewhat disappointingly in convention Overall, another good Frozen Fiction read.

  6. After an initially over enthusiastic 5 stars which prompted consternation from some parties and then a too sober 3 stars, I m settling on four stars for this intelligent, brooding, minutely researched, acutely observed thriller I think I wanted to give it five stars for two reasons I read some negative reviews on this very webpage, and, finding them idiotic, wanted to vindicate this novel I also cannot get out of my head the image of the Swiss German cook Urs using a freshly baked, burning hot l [...]

  7. Book Review, Miss Smilla s Feeling for SnowI ve been wanting to read this book for over two decades and was glad when I finally got my hands on it I expected great things of it, not the least because it had been recommended, back at school, by my beloved and sadly deceased teacher I really, really wanted to like it.I did like it for about the first hundred pages or so The tenderness of the relationship between Smilla and the little boy, her memories of her mother, that was interesting Then it be [...]

  8. This is one peculiar read Yes, it kinda defies convention its protagonist, Smilla Jaspersen, is a breath of fresh air the way she deals with depression inner demons in a place that simply screams KILL YOURSELF is both invigorating and poetic but it is exactly its unpredictability that juxtaposes reader s feelings and reading styles so much so that not everything matches up evenly at the end The squirts of poetry and metaphysics in a story that is all intuition on the part of the observant main c [...]

  9. Smilla, half Kalaallit, half Dane, is taciturn and withdrawn a wounded child grown into a dark, silent, often bitter woman But she opens her heart to Isaiah, a young boy whom life has also wounded When Isaiah dies, falling several stories from the snow covered roof of a warehouse, she is forced out of her comfortable isolation to ask questions Why had he climbed the scaffolding to play on the warehouse roof when he was terrified of heights Why do his tracks go straight off the edge if he was mer [...]

  10. I feel like everyone I know even my doctor, who spotted it poking out of my bag loved this book And I just don t get it.Smilla makes me think of Lisbeth Salander, who was the reason I hated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I think the two books have a lot in common They re both, at their cores, books which say this woman is real weird and kind of unpleasant and seems like she might not bathe frequently, but everyone who meets her thinks, damn, you s one cool chick Why do they think that I ha [...]

  11. Smilla s Sense of Snow wasn t what I was expecting It was not so bad a book that I could fairly say that I was disappointed but I wasn t left satisfied after the reading experience either.First off the hero of the story is a half Greenlander who thinks back on her Greenland heritage Her knowledge of snow and ice, acquired in childhood, are important to the plot, but this is a book written by a Dane Once we get into the exploration of issues around colonialism then it starts to feel a little cras [...]

  12. This was the third book I took with me for the Second Annual Cat Sitting event at my brother s place He has the unfortunate luck of having his birthday in the middle of August, the hottest time of the year, and he goes off to have adventures with his lady friend, giving me the opportunity to sit in his very hot house that does not have air conditioning to keep an eye on his cats, take advantage of his streaming Netflix, and read until my eyes bleed.Last year one of the books I took with me was t [...]

  13. Complex characters, dizzying plot, starkly beautiful language, and tremendous psychological insights.

  14. It s the first decade of the 21st century A chill, icy wind blows in from the North, carrying with it a sociopolitical narrative of lands British and American observers have long idealized as incorporating the social democratic ideal The icy wind that hits American shores howls through us, unprepared as we are, and dismantles one by one our precious concept of a world region that we have lazily lumped together into a bucket named Scandinavia We shiver.This first decade of a new century has broug [...]

  15. This cult classic has a lot of things going for it Miss Smilla is a stylish, engaging heroine with terrific dress sense, dark wit, courage under fire and fluency in Greenlandic I believe it s West Greenlandic if you care about that kind of thing At one point, she performs an imaginative sex act that I ve never seen described in any other place There s a brooding sense of menace and a weird conspiracy that gradually comes togetherI don t know why I m so bothered by the fact that the story ultimat [...]

  16. Before I visited Europe, my friends would all tell me to visit Copenhagen They said that it s one of the most beautiful European cities and the Danes are the friendliest people in Europe Well, not in this book Copenhagen is a dark, cold and corrupt place and the Danes, a shifty, secretive and lethal bunch.Enter Smilla, one of the interesting protagonists I ve come across, who is half Danish and half Inuit Here lies the dichotomy of her character she s never truly comfortable with who she is and [...]

  17. I picked up this book for free, because it was a title I knew I d heard Once I started reading it, I was initially put off by the narrator protagonist, Smilla, whose tone is aloof, cool, self absorbed I was also put off by realizing it is a mystery that borders on thriller t my usual preferred genre.However, I found myself drawn back to the book until I became engrossed in the story About halfway through the book, I started underlining passages, turns of phrase that I liked, observations that st [...]

  18. It was an intense read It had me confused from time to time The emotional apathy and disconnection of the characters confused me here and there For instance, people want to kill each others and then sit out on the deck of a ship and smoke a cigarette together The death of a little boy had an emotionally challenged woman, Miss Smilla, who knew everything about snow and ice, start asking questions In the process she unknowingly opens up a can of wormsYes, definitely wormsIt was not a high rolling [...]

  19. I first saw the film You couldn t find it in the video store under Smilla because it was translated into Serbian as Miss Smilla s Feeling for Snow No, this is not Serbian originality the British translation is the one with feeling , the US one is sensible But it s the same book.I guess I never knew that Greenland was a Danish province, or shall we say, a colony So here is a book that draws together a number of interesting threads murder mystery, post colonialism, immigration, scientific madness, [...]

  20. An excellent and intelligent thriller Set in Denmark and Greenland, you should probably make sure you are wearing your kamiks This is the second of the author s books I ve read, the first being The Quiet Girl I think I would really have enjoyed listening to this one, as I m never sure how to pronounce all those words with the O s with the lines through them.Also, I did have a little problem following all the names and characters I m sure I missed some detail or other.It was a wonderful thriller [...]

  21. I found this a long and difficult book to read Before deciding to read this book for the summer read athon, I checked out some of the reviews The reviews were very polarised, two camps, loved it or hated it Not to be put off I chose to purchase and read this for the Christmas, Snow theme What I didn t bargain for was a long winded dissertation on the plight of Inuits living in Greenland under Danish rule This just went on and on As for the heroin, Smilla Jarpersen, what a depressing, reclusive c [...]

  22. This is one of my favourite exciting stories to read Once you get in to it it is hard to stop reading Everytime I read it I discover something new It starts out with just a small event in Denmark a boy have died in an accident But one of the neighbours, Smilla from Greenland refuses to buy the police explanation and sets out on a quest to find the truth about her friend Because Smilla is from Greenland she knows all these things about snow that the police and most of the rest of us don t which p [...]

  23. One snowy day in Copenhagen, six year old Isaiah falls to his death from a city rooftop.The police pronounce it an accident But Isaiah s neighbour, Smilla, an expert in the ways of snow and ice, suspects murder She embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth, following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow.

  24. Interesting read My first time to read a book from Denmark and originally written in Danish My first time to read some facts about Greenland and the Arctic Circle My first time to learn many things about snow Oh snow I have not seen snow covered ground Neither have I seen snow falling from the sky This book made me want to go to Greenland and learn all the things Smilla Jasperson knows and senses about snow.The story is about Smilla, who is half Danish father and half Greenlander mother She grew [...]

  25. Oh my, this book is bad The premise is an interesting enough hook a boy has fallen off a snow laden roof The police file it as an accident, but Smilla, with an extraordinary feeling for snow, thinks not Smilla s intuition that a banal letter found in the boy s apartment about his mother s pension might hold a clue to the boy s death leads her to Elsa Lubing, signee of the letter Elsa gives Smilla the key and secret code that allow her to break into the Cryolite Corporation s archives holding an [...]

  26. I didn t finish this one Sorry guys, I don t think I will anytime soon Maybe I ll try again in winter Right now it seems rather precious, a whole lot of wise teenager against the world of evil adults, lots of overdrawn metaphors, you know the sort of thing I might have liked this in college, but now it seems pretty exhausting in the wrong ways.

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