Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Paperback - 2001
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A stunning literary thriller in the tradition of Gorky Park and the novels of John Le Carr#65533;.

Smilla Qaaviqaaq Jaspersen is the daughter of a Danish doctor and an Inuit woman from Greenland. Raised in Greenland, she lives in Copenhagen and, as befits her ancestry, is an expert on snow. When one of her few friends, an Inuit boy, dies under mysterious circumstances, she refuses to believe it was an accident.

She decides to investigate and discovers that even the police don't want her involved. But Smilla persists, and as snow-covered Copenhagen settles down for a quiet Christmas, Smilla's investigation leads her from a fanatically religious accountant, to a tough-talking pathologist, to the secret files of the Danish company responsible for extracting most of Greenland's mineral wealth. Finally, she boards a ship with an international cast of villains - and a large stash of cocaine - bound for a mysterious mission on an inhospitable island off Greenland.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, [2001], c1993.
ISBN: 9780385658188
0385658184
9780385254427
0385254423
Branch Call Number: FIC/Hoeg 3588a4 1
Characteristics: 469 p. : maps.
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-

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asteraurora
Aug 18, 2015

Absorbing, intricate plot with fascinating detail of the Greenland Inuit culture and the impact of colonization by Denmark.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

Hoeg's half-Inuk heroine, Smilla, solves a complex and exciting case set in Denmark and Greenland.

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Lavenderseas
Mar 29, 2013

Love this book! Great read

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DssrtFirst
Mar 28, 2013

Interesting mystery/thriller with a strong female protagonist. Reminded me of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, but not as good.

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Poodles
Jul 11, 2012

The protagonist, Smilla, is a transplant from Greenland living in Denmark investigating the death of a little boy in her building. I felt the author purposely disconnect the reader from the story line and from the protagonist in order to mirror Smilla's own sense of disconnect and otherness towards Danish society. This was further emphasized because the book is a translation.

It is clearly a smart and well written literary thriller, but I do not feel that I was immersed in the story, instead I was only granted access to the sidelines.

If you like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo you may enjoy Smilla's Sense of Snow.

rdrlady Dec 10, 2010

Very interesting and complex heroine.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit who lives in Copenhagen and refuses to fit in. When her only friend, a six year old neighbour, dies, she decides to investigate using her stubbornness and her vast knowledge of snow.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit who lives in Copenhagen and refuses to fit in. When her only friend, a six year old neighbour, dies, she decides to investigate using her stubbornness and her vast knowledge of snow.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

The 1997 film based on this novel stars Julia Ormond and was directed by Billie August.

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