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David Guterson

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David Guterson

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Historical Fiction, Mystery

Perspective and Narrator

Snow Falling on Cedars is narrated from a third-person omniscient perspective. The narrator moves seamlessly between past and present and character and setting.


Snow Falling on Cedars is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title, Snow Falling on Cedars, describes the setting: San Piedro Island has many cedar trees, and the story occurs in December (early winter). On a symbolic level, the title reminds the reader of the characters Ishmael and Hatsue's secret meeting place in a fallen cedar as well as Ishmael's desire for the snow to re-create the purity of life as he remembers it from childhood.


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