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Snow Falling On Cedars Vs Stranger In The Kingdom When I first read Howard Frank Moshers novel Stranger In The Kingdom I was astonished that something like that took place in Vermont I have always been under the misconception that racism isnt extremely prevalent in our local culture today Once again my white Americans views were challenged when I read Snow Falling On Cedars by David Guterson The two books seem to me to be exactly the same story only they occur about forty years apart from each other The book are so synonymous with each other that most of the characters are comparable As the story of David Gutersons book unfolds we find ourselves looking through the eyes of a man that has lived on the island for most of his life His name is Ishmael Chambers Ishmael seems to be a perceptive child and soon gets to know one of the islands many Japanese girls named Hatsue As fate would have it they fall in love with each other in Shakespeare-like-fashion The problem of them coming from two different races of people forces them to be secretive about their relationship When Hatsue is forced to move away because of WWII regulations she ends her relationship with Ishmael sending him into a life filled with jealousy and grief Howard Frank Mosher paints the same portrait for us only in a more commonly know setting A black man and his son are cognizant of their color when they are forced to live in a town of solely white people As the murder trial unfolds we find out that the mans son also has been having a relationship such as the one Ishmael and Hatsue had He had been having relations with a white mail-order bride that had just arrived in town They kept this secret because of the obvious problems it would have caused with the bigoted townspeople In both stories a love between
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