epub pdf Smilla's Sense of SnowAuthor Peter Høeg – Avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de

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 “Smilla's Sense of Snow

  1. Paul Bryant 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, 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 thought


  2. Carolina 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 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 particular combination particularly pleasurable as a reader and as a writer Also, if you re in a position to listen to audio books, the unabridged reading by Alyssa Bresnahan is amazing And a good idea if you want to know how to pronounce the Danish and Greenlandic words properly


  3. Steven Godin 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 knowledge of snow and ice makes her suspicious As the tracks in the snow from Isaiah s feet just don t add up as to how he could have fallen to his death Driven by a steely determination to find the truth,for the little boy s sake than her own, she sets of on a dangerous path that will lead her to make enemies as well as allies.Compared to other Scandinavian crime noir, this was surprisingly different in a good way, but also oddly unusual Ingeniously plotted yes, and very atmospheric, but gets bogged down in the middle two thirds, driving around in circles not knowing where it wants to go As central to everything that goes on, Smilla is a very well drawn heroine, and gets plunged into a web of intrigue predominated mainly by men, she stands her ground, on her own two feet, after much intimidation, unsavory sexual advances, and assault There is definitely a bit of Lisbeth Salander in there, just minus the goth look.Copenhagen comes alive, and Hoeg obviously knows it inside out, it plays an important, and so does the weather As it s freezing cold, biting winds, subzero temperatures, snow and ice everywhere, and this wound only get worse later on, these conditions are just as much a hazard as the shady people being investigated, and this is where things wonder off slightly I didn t know anything about the Danish shipping industry, I most certainly do now, as the ins and outs of the shipping business comes to the forefront, with some strange expeditions to Greenland in 1966 1991, which become the backbone of the story As the story progresses, you tend to forget all about Isaiah, he is barely mentioned, the memory of him drifts away Isaiah s father who went on one of these voyages, also died in suspicious circumstances, and a photo taken of him in an Arctic ice cave somewhere high up north leads Smilla to believe that there is something either buried, or hidden there, that is worth killing for to keep a secret.I have never been a big believer when a book is said to be unputdownable , but the last one hundred or so pages truly were, even if the ending falls flat on it s face Taut, tense, and claustrophobic in the last third, Smilla would board a cargo ship as one of the crew bound for an unknown location heading towards Greenland, with three passengers who she thinks lie at the heart of the whole case The voyage is shrouded in secrecy, the ship itself is ready to pick up a huge amount in weight, drugs , weapons , money , but how on earth would these thing even be there in the first place , one of the most inhospitable places on the planet, covered in millions of tons of ice, what s so precious that it s worth going on an almost suicide mission for , and why did a small child have to die This never really read as a who done it ,asks the question why It s a bit messy in places, and probably too clever for it s own good, but as a piece of crime mystery writing it works, and is a good alternative to this type of genre But the ending frustrating to say the least, it s a case of the journey being far greater than it s destination


  4. Larissa 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 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, unbiased or just complete view of herself and the situation you find her in But she is compelling and her environment and past is compelling, even if you re only getting bits and pieces of it pasted together out of order It s the voice that keeps us interested the mystery of how Smilla s young neighbor fell off a roof is a secondary concern But Hoeg can t seem to let go of his who done it instinct and begins dragging us through a web of circumstantial, convoluted plot points, bound and detirmined to make one tragic event resonate all theso for the gigantic Space Conspiracy that he has attached to it for no good reason.I will be writing Peter Hoeg a long, bitterly worded letter as soon as I have the Danish to do so It s a goal


  5. Virtuella 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 or so The tenderness of the relationship between Smilla and the little boy, her memories of her mother, that was interesting Then it became increasingly tedious, consisted of a lot of seemingly random actions and then this happened and then this happened and then this happened and towards the end I only kept going because I had come that far and thought I may as well finish it The ending was unrewarding Not because it was an open ending that explicitly rejects our desire for closure, but because the book had not evoked any desire for closure in me beyond wishing for it to come to an end But it needs also to be said that I found nothing profound or philosophical or postmodern or whatever about that open ending It just came across as if the author could not be bothered, or could not think of a way to round off the story better.The larger part of the book is both boring and annoying I saw it described as a mixture of thriller and philosophical meditation, but I found it neither thrilling nor thought provoking The reason it failed to thrill is that it was way too busy Too many things happening, too many obscure plot elements heroin smuggling by antiques dealers, Nazi collaboration, code cracking, exotic parasites, radioactivity, x rayed mummies, meteorites that may or may not be alien life forms, a demented musician, a sado masochist couple, gambling, murder, arson, really, he stops at nothing , too many random asides, too many characters It was all so confusing, such a jumble of stuff that the story never had a chance to build up any real tension simply for lack of focus What didn t help were the lengthy descriptions of, for example, the contents of cupboards or the layout of the ship, a corridor here, a door there, a light switch, move this way, move that way, duck into an alcove There is only so much cat and mouse that is interesting to read about, then it becomes dull I couldn t be bothered to check whether all these elements eventually form a cohesive plot, but I have a suspicion they don t why, for example, does the mechanic join the crew on the oil rig If he was supposed to do the diving job, why wasn t he taken on board at the same time as everyone else Why does she bother to take the audio tape to translator and then stands awed by his ability to identify the accents but never asks about the content What is it with those uncanny coincidences for example the jazz musician who was heard on the tape just happening to play at the casino Why the masses of tropical fish on the ship if the parasite is explicitly said to attack marine mammals Why do all the people who take the role of villains in the early part of the book disappear from the scene and the whole conspiracy is then headed by someone completely different And where is the philosophy In the incessant insinuation that Europeans are money and power greedy jerks who don t understand a thing while Greenlanders are these profound people who truly understand life while they are constantly marginalised and underestimated by the arrogant Europeans Can it get anycliched Yes, we can Everything Smilla learned at school was useless Oh, so typical Governments all over the world spend fortunes every day to teach their young people useless stuff Education is pointless and bad for young people.As I said, the relationship between Smilla and Isaiah is the attraction of the novel s opening But later the author seems to forget Isaiah in his excitement about having thought of ridiculous plot elements like riding up and down in a dumbwaiter Towards the end he suddenly remembers and throws in a paragraph about the boy, but by then the connection to that element has been lost beyond recovery.Also, Smilla is a bit of a Mary Sue The longer I read about her, theshe got on my nerves The way she coquettishly rambles about her age, but every guy she meets fancies her of course she is slim and pretty and always nicely dressed The way she always just knows things The special magic power she has of absolute orientation Her unfaltering kick ass attitude and the clever way she can always improvise a cunning weapon and anticipate her opponent s moves The way that lack of sleep, lack of food and countless injuries don t even slow her down The way all sorts of characters betray their sense of integrity or risk their livelihoods or even their lives in order to help her The way even as a child she is so clever that she can get herself onto a plane to Greenland without a ticket or a passport The way she can rattle off specialised information at the drop of a hat The convenient father, who is on the one hand the stereotypical negative foil of a distant father but also filthy rich and endowed with all sorts of useful connections which come in ever so handy for Smilla The way the villains just can t bring themselves to kill her And she claims she suffers from depression, but she acts all the time like an ADHD person on energy drinks Everyone seems endeared by her, even though she is usually rude and abrupt and insufferably smug In typical Mary Sue style, all other characters, even though the author has clearly tried to make them colourful, are delegated to the roles of extras Something else that annoyed me, though this is a minor thing, was the dialogue with Urs A person who struggles with a foreign language will use complex and specialist vocabulary in their native tongue not simple words like yes and no, which they would easily manage in the foreign language And yet that is what Urs does Apparently, he doesn t know the Danish for no or not bad While Smilla, who says she is helpless in two or three other languages uses highly specific German vocabulary like Straferm igung Finally, the book makes many absolute statements that are far from convincing, for example that the important information always comes last Gee, judging by most newspaper articles I ve ever read, you d think the opposite was the case There s one like that in the final paragraph It s only what you do not understand that you can come to a conclusion about Is this supposed to be some kind of Zen koan But then the very last sentence There will be no conclusion still makes no sense, because there should be a conclusion, as I still don t understand what this was supposed to be all about.I see that some reviewers, even those who didn t like it overall, mention the excellent prose I can t agree While there was nothing wrong with it, there also wasn t anything particularly impressive It was just serviceable Maybe the Danish original is full of unspeakable beauty, but I doubt it Overall, a huge disappointment It might have been fair enough at half the length, but the way it went on and on, aspiring to be epic while really not being epic at all, was a big let down


  6. Fabian 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 this 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 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 this 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 arctic is on Earth as we speak, and some populations are there, even if you never really thought about it that much People are almost wholly forgotten in the majestic whiteness and it is no wonder that the motif of snow is used to its fullest impact here The noirish aspect of it makes it a thriller, but it is not an easy read in any regard So, eh, if you re actually up for it


  7. Josh 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 is the protagonist half Danish, half Greenlandic, slipping through the cracks between both identities, as she also slips through the cracks of her academic, professional and social life She has a very keen perception and, through the first person voice, the narrative has this hypnotizing pattern of reporting the events of the story, stepping immediately back from a particular event and moving inward to Smilla s abstract or general reflection, and then moving back to the action of the story It is a cycle you can see playing out page after page, and it is for the most part engrossing As the plot unfolds and new information comes in, one knowsandabout Smilla as a person, but mysteriously less and less about how she will act in the future Theone knows about her life and her way of thinking, the less one can predict what she will do and why she will do it In the end even she herself doesn t seem to know This epistemological paradox seems to be one of the major lessons of the book people that try to instrumentalize and exploit what they know inevitably do terrible things people like Smilla who respect the limits of their knowledge well, they end up being the victims of those other people Brilliantly detailed writing on Copenhagen, on corporate capital, ships and navigation, glaciology, parasitology, non organic life there is a love for the most technical aspects of a system of knowledge in the face of the increasing inability of such systems to remain pure Muchcould be said if I d written this review four months ago Highly recommended


  8. Michael 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 this a notch above your standard genre thriller, although the end did partake somewhat disappointingly in convention Overall, another good Frozen Fiction read.


  9. Sean 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 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 merely amusing himself Nonetheless, it is ruled an accident We consider the case closed, the police tell her, but Miss Smilla has a feeling for snow, and she knows this was no accident Isaiah was running when he went over the edge The question she must answer is why.What begins as a sordid tragedy unfolds slowly, inexorably, into a tense, nail biting thriller, then a game of espionage, a cat and mouse game on a ship in the North Atlantic, and finally reaches its climax on a glacier covered island off the coast of Greenland.H eg s plotting is devious and not always believable, but it pulled me along until the last page For readers with a scientific bent, he has seeded the pages with references to mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry and philosophy, not to mention detailed descriptions of the harsh Greenlander way of life.Whatever else there might be to say about this book, I am certain of one thing I won t forget Smilla in a hurry


  10. emily 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 here as well as in TGwtDT , is that this book takes place in a world in which no one finds weird behavior puzzling No one is like, hey, it s kind of creepy when you come into my office and think to yourself I will just sit in absolute silence until you tell me everything I need to know, which you will somehow magically intuit This is also a book in which the movement of people through space is confusing I found the layout of the ship utterly incomprehensible, and I am a person who likes boats and who is pretty good at figuring out the lay of fictional land