Smillas Sense of Snow

About the Author: Peter Høeg

Peter H eg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor He published his first novel, A History of Danish Dreams 1988 , to positive reviews However, it was Smilla s Sense of Snow 1992 , a million copy best seller, that earned H eg immediate and international literary celebrity His books have been published inthan th Peter H eg was born in Copenhagen, Denmark Before becoming a writer, he worked variously as a sailor, ballet dancer, and actor He published his first novel, A History of Danish Dreams 1988 , to positive reviews However, it was Smilla s Sense of Snow 1992 , a million copy best seller, that earned H eg immediate and international literary celebrity His books have been published inthan thirty countries


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  • Paperback
  • 469 pages
  • Smillas Sense of Snow
  • Peter Høeg
  • English
  • 14 April 2017
  • 0385315147

Smillas Sense of Snow She Thinks Highly Of Snow And Ice Than She Does Of Love She Lives In A World Of Numbers, Science And Memories A Dark, Exotic Stranger In A Strange Land And Now Smilla Jaspersen Is Convinced She Has Uncovered A Shattering CrimeIt Happened In The Copenhagen Snow A Six Year Old Boy, A Greenlander Like Smilla, Fell To His Death From The Top Of His Apartment Building While The Boy S Body Is Still Warm, The Police Pronounce His Death An Accident But Smilla Knows Her Young Neighbor Didn T Fall From The Roof On His Own Soon She Is Following A Path Of Clues As Clear To Her As Footsteps In The Snow For Her Dead Neighbor, And For Herself, She Must Embark On A Harrowing Journey Of Lies, Revelation And Violence That Will Take Her Back To The World Of Ice And Snow From Which She Comes, Where An Explosive Secret Waits Beneath The Ice.

10 thoughts on “Smillas Sense of Snow

  1. Paul Bryant says:

    Miss Smilla and her cast of characters were so quirky that after 100 pages I found all this quirk over the front of my shirt, all over the dining table well, I call it a dining table and stuck between the keys on my keyboard Had to get it out with a Swiss Army knife, once it had dried Sent a sample off to the lab and the results came back two parts David Lynch, three parts frankly unbelievable heroine, three parts uninvolving plot which moves at the speed of an exhausted glacier As I thou Miss Smilla and her cast of characters were so quirky that after 100 pages I found all this quirk over the front of my shirt, a...

  2. Steven Godin says:

    Smilla Jaspersen, a Greenlander by birth now residing in Copenhagen, late thirties, single, lonely, moody, depressive, seemingly with a grudge against everything, the sort of girl you would take on a first date, ask to be excused to go to the bathroom only you make for the exit.But somewhere in the perpetual darkness she finds it in her heart to investigate the death of Isaiah, a small boy she befriended in her apartment block, who apparently fell of the roof whilst playing in the snow, but Smil Smilla Jaspersen, a Greenlander by birth now residing in Copenhagen, late thirties, single, lonely, moody, depressive, seemingly with a grudge against everything, the sort of girl you would take on a first date, ask to be excused to go to the bathroom only you make for the exit.But somewhere in the perpetual darkness she finds it in her heart to investigate the death of Isaiah, a small boy she befriended in her apartment block, who apparently fell of the roof whilst playing in the snow, but Smilla is an expert when it comes to cold weather conditions, and her ...

  3. Carolina says:

    Smilla is, I think, my hands down favourite fictional character Which makes it easy for me to keep returning to this book It s a translation from Danish by Tiina Nunnally and beautiful and technical and never sentimental, and it touches on issues I find particularly interesting such as European culture versus aboriginal culture in this case Danish vs Greenlandic and the related issues of language and identity Peter Hoeg has a mind that is both scientific and whimsical and I find that par Smilla is, I think, my hands down favourite fictional character Which makes it easy for me to keep returning to this book It s a translation from Danish by Tiina Nunnally and beautiful and technical and never sentimental, and it touches on issues I find particularly interesting such as European culture...

  4. Larissa says:

    It took me two months to finish this book and not until the last three weeks and 150 pages of that endeavor did I realize that it is actually quite terrible It s been quite awhile since I ve felt so cheated, nay betrayed by a novel Because when you begin this book it is primarily concerned with the slow unfolding of character You are tied to the titular Miss Smilla and her cynical absolutist world view It doesn t take long to figure out that she has no interest in providing you with a fair It took me two months to finish this book and not un...

  5. Michael says:

    This is an interesting and somewhat convoluted thriller, whose laconic prose and narrative voice kept me interested even when the pacing which is a bit uneven was a little off It s really that narrative voice that raises t...

  6. Josh says:

    After an initially over enthusiastic 5 stars which prompted consternation from some parties and then a too sober 3 stars, I m settling on four stars for this intelligent, brooding, minutely researched, acutely observed thriller I think I wanted to give it five stars for two reasons I read some negative reviews on this very webpage, and, finding them idiotic, wanted to vindicate this novel I also cannot get out of my head the image of the Swiss German cook Urs using a freshly baked, burning After an initially over enthusiastic 5 stars which prompted consternation from some parties and then a too sober 3 stars, I m settling on four stars for this intelligent, brooding, minutely researched, acutely observed thriller I think I wanted to give it five stars for two reasons I read some negative reviews on this very webpage, and, finding them idiotic, wanted to vindicate this novel I also cannot get out of my head the image of the Swiss German cook Urs using a freshly baked, burning hot loaf of bread as a weapon amazing Smilla...

  7. Virtuella says:

    Book Review, Miss Smilla s Feeling for SnowI ve been wanting to read this book for over two decades and was glad when I finally got my hands on it I expected great things of it, not the least because it had been recommended, back at school, by my beloved and sadly deceased teacher I really, really wanted to like it.I did like it for about the first hundred pages or so The tenderness of the relationship between Smilla and the little boy, her memories of her mother, that was interesting Then i Book Review, Miss Smilla s Feeling for SnowI ve been wanting to read this book for over two decades and was glad when I finally got my hands on it I expected great things of it, not the least because it had been recommended, back at school, by my beloved and sadly deceased teacher I really, really wanted to like it.I did like it for about the first hundred pages...

  8. Fabian says:

    This is one peculiar read Yes, it kinda defies convention its protagonist, Smilla Jaspersen, is a breath of fresh air the way she deals with depression inner demons in a place that simply screams KILL YOURSELF is both invigorating and poetic but it is exactly its unpredictability that juxtaposes reader s feelings and reading styles so much so that not everything matches up evenly at the end The squirts of poetry and metaphysics in a story that is all intuition on the part o This is one peculiar read Yes, it kinda defies convention its protagonist, Smilla Jaspersen, is a breath of fresh air the way she deals with depression inner demons in a place that simply screams KILL YOURSELF is both invigorating and poetic but it is exactly its unpredictability that juxtaposes reader s feelings and reading styles so much so that not everything matches up evenly at the end The squirts of poetry and metaphysics in a story that is all intuition on the part of the observant main character are meager Smilla goes everywhere by a splendid intuition which we are never truly invited to partake in.This book absolutely transports These places exist, the...

  9. Sean says:

    Smilla, half Kalaallit, half Dane, is taciturn and withdrawn a wounded child grown into a dark, silent, often bitter woman But she opens her heart to Isaiah, a young boy whom life has also wounded When Isaiah dies, falling several stories from the snow covered roof of a warehouse, she is forced out of her comfortable isolation to ask questions Why had he climbed the scaffolding to play on the warehouse roof when he was terrified of heights Why do his tracks go straight off the edge if he was Smilla, half Kalaallit, half Dane, is taciturn and withdrawn a w...

  10. emily says:

    I feel like everyone I know even my doctor, who spotted it poking out of my bag loved this book And I just don t get it.Smilla makes me think of Lisbeth Salander, who was the reason I hated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I think the two books have a lot in common They re both, at their cores, books which say this woman is real weird and kind of unpleasant and seems like she might not bathe frequently, but everyone who meets her thinks, damn, you s one cool chick Why do they thin I feel like everyone I know even my doctor, who spotted it poking out of my bag loved this book And I just don t get it.Smilla makes me think of Lisbeth Salander, who was the reason I hated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and I think the two books have a lot in common They re both, at their cores, books which say this woman is real weird and kind of unpleasant and seems like she might not bathe frequently, but everyone who meets her thinks, damn, you s one cool chick Why do they think that I have no idea.Now, do not think that I m falling into the trap that female characters can t be strong or that women have to be nice That s not the case What bewilders me he...