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I put off reading this because so many reviewers compared it unfavourably to Snow Falling on Cedars but I felt just the opposite. Guterson has learned something about making his characters more believable and lost none of his exquisite sensitivity for the northwest coast setting. The story is better, too.
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Trying too hard to be hip and current, this book reads like a laundry list of society's woes and laments. This is a good-vs-evil morality tale that spins in drug use, ecoterrorism, spotted owls, and oppression of the working class. The characters are rich but the amount of detail is burdensome. Rather than a character driven story, the author seems determined to show off his talents at overanalysis and strained internal dialog.
Although I am not Christian, I am fascinated by Virgin Mary iconography. While the story includes discussion of Mary in the Catholic faith (I can't comment on the quality of this dialog, though it might be interesting to those who are knowledgeable), the writing itself lacks emotional impact and truth. Overall, an interesting story, but a disappointing delivery.
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