Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Book - 1993
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A Time Best Book of the Year · An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year · A People Best Book of the Year · Winner of the CWA Silver Dagger Award · A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel · "Seductive... a superbly constructed thriller."--- People · "Splendid entertainment...The suspense novel as exploration of the heart."--- The New York Times Book Review · "Astonishing... Like John le Carré and Graham Greene before him, Peter Høeg has given a thriller moral and political resonance."--- Los Angeles Times · "A considerable achievement, a riveting suspense tale."---Jane Smiley, The Washington Post Book World · "A book of considerable intelligence...Demands to be read aloud and savored."--- The New Yorker · "Wonderful...A thriller like no other."--- Newsweek · "Enchanting."--- Chicago Tribune · "Beautifully written and beautifully translated."--- The Seattle Times · "The best [thriller] I've read in years."--- The New Republic · "Peter Høeg has shown himself to be a writer of real stature."--- The Times (London) · "One never wants to stop reading."--- Orlando Sentinel

First published in 1992, Smilla's Sense of Snow instantly became an international sensation. When caustic Smilla Jaspersen discovers that her neighbor---a neglected six-year-old boy, and possibly her only friend---has died in a tragic accident, a peculiar intuition tells her it was murder. Unpredictable to the last page, Smilla's Sense of Snow is one of the most beautifully written and original crime stories of our time, a new classic.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1993
ISBN: 9781250002556
Branch Call Number: HOEG
Characteristics: 453 p
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina


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Apr 10, 2019

I read this every few years and each time I'm sitting on the edge of my chair! The ending is genius - and unsettling. Also, the film version is excellent.

Mar 31, 2019

I found this title when seeing a list for top mystery authors of Danish descent. Although much of the technical portions of snow and ice were beyond my knowledge, they were an essential piece of Smilla’s character. This is well worth taking the time to read, especially if you enjoy a change from the typical mystery theme enjoyed by American authors.

IndyPL_ChristineB Mar 27, 2019

A dark, suspenseful story featuring Smilla Jaspersen, a Greenlander living in Denmark. She lives an isolated life and despite her best efforts to stay detached, she connects with a 6 year old Inuit boy named Isaiah who accidently dies. Smilla’s special skills in deciphering the characteristics of ice and snow convince her that Isaiah’s death was not an accident. The tension mounts with twists and turns as Smilla unravels the mystery of this young boy’s murder.

Apr 01, 2018

I'm not sure why it took me so long to finish this book. I enjoyed it. It held my attention from the beginning. I was committed all the way to the end and then the last paragraph was blah. I recommended it to a friend with about 15 pages left and then unrecommended it. I felt like the end was a let down considering how good the rest of it was.

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.

Mar 29, 2013

Love this book! Great read

Mar 28, 2013

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

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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