Snow Falling On Cedars Book Report

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Many books showcase the effects of war and discrimination. One that I know of is Snow Falling on Cedars. In this novel, a Japanese man named Kabuo, is repeatedly discriminated against – whether it be in his personal life or in the courtroom. Even his childhood friend, Carl, begins to look badly at him because of his race after he is finished fighting in World War Two. WWII created discrimination against the Japanese with vandalism and nicknames, denied rights, and anti-Japanese organizations. The novel “Snow Falling on Cedars” by David Guterson takes place in the 1950’s, December 1954, to be exact on the island of San Piedro off the coast of Washington, USA (SparkNotes). The island is a fishing community where most people fish or farm for …show more content…

Civil rights movements were just beginning in 1954. The Brown v. Board of Education case was going on in 1954. The case sparked several protests against the different points of views (“Brown v. Board”). Some physical conflicts taking place near the time of this book are the Korean War and the Cold War. The Korean War began in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea and was resolved in 1953 when an armistice was signed and the 38th parallel was marked as the boundary between North and South Korea (“World Events”). The Cold War didn’t include any fighting, but there were constant threats being shoved between the United States and the Soviet Union. Eventually, the United States joined NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) in 1949 and the Soviet Union created an alliance of communist governments called the Warsaw Pact that was formalized in 1955 (“The Cold War”).
David Guterson, the author of Snow Falling on Cedars, was born on the fourth of May in 1956. He was born in Seattle, Washington. David’s father, Murray Guterson, was a criminal defense lawyer and taught David to pick an occupation he would love. He decided to become a writer while attending the University of Washington. David Guterson later became an English teacher so he would have time to write and could be surrounded by books. After a decade of morning research and writing, Guterson released his first book, Snow Falling on Cedars, in 1995

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