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The book Snow Falling on Cedars is about a Japanese man Kabuo Miyanmoto who is on trial for murder He is accused of murdering a white man Carl Heine Much of the story is told through the memories of various characters It is set in the 1050s in Puget Sound on a fictional island called San Piedro I think Snow Falling on Cedars was an excellent book I felt that the author was able to present an unbiased view of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII He presented many diverse viewpoints of this period of time and explained why they thought the way they did For example Kabuo Miyamoto the defendant had fought with the US army in WWII Kabuo was deeply affected by his experience in the war and it changed his perspective of the world On the other hand Carl Heines mother Etta is extremely prejudiced against the Japanese She feels that all of the dirty Japs as she calls them are lazy and untrustworthy She judges all Japanese people by their race The author also represents the American friends of the Japanese Ettas husband was friends with Kabuos father and when the family was sent to an internment camp he offered to take care of their land However when he died Etta sold the land to someone else By including all these different viewpoints of that period of time the reader is given a more complete picture Another reason I enjoyed this book was because the characters were flawed making them more realistic For instance the reporter Ishmael had a few character flaws He had fought in the war and had his arm amputated He had also been in love with Hatsue before she married Kabuo Therefore when he found evidence that could exonerate Kabuo he waited until the very last moment to show it to the judge because he was debating whether or not he should use it Another flawed character
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