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Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg

About the book

One snowy day in Copenhagen, six-year-old Isaiah falls to his death from a city rooftop.The police pronounce it an accident. But Isaiah’s neighbour, Smilla, an expert in the ways of snow and ice, suspects murder. She embarks on a dangerous quest to find the truth, following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow.

Reviewed by Entre- nous Reading group:

Very mixed reviews. Not an easy book to read and understand – but very good if you like snow and ice. Smilla is not a very sympathetic character. Questionable whether the author can write wholly from a woman’s point of view.

Star rating: **

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6 thoughts on “Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Hoeg”

  1. Review by Cambridge Reading Group:
    Beautifully written book – difficult to think that it is a translation. Very much enjoyed by 50% of the group, the other 50% unable to finish it. Keeping track of names in a foreign language is more difficult . Very violent in places.
    Star rating: ?


  2. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    Probably the least popular of the seventy-odd books our group have read since the reading group stock was first set up. This is a tough novel; main characters few of our readers could identify with, venues surprisingly alien although in our own hemisphere and a forest of place and people’s names most wanted to forget. However, some found it a challenging and enjoyable read and would have rated it ***, but the group reaction was less charitable. It did give us a good sixty minutes of discussion.
    Star rating: *


  3. Review by Arle Reading Group:
    Well written prose, but a challenge to keep up with the intricate plots. An interesting insight into the complexity of snow and of the Greenland -Danish connection. A book not to everyone’s taste.
    Star rating: **


  4. Review by Southsea Literature Group:
    Difficult beginning, so many names and characters. Improves later. Interesting insight into a post-colonial text (Denmark/Greenland) and geography and prejudices of the area. Very mixed genre! Not all subtleties easy to follow, some probably relate to the Danish culture in a way that doesn’t translate easily.
    Star rating: ***


  5. Review by Anon Reading Group:
    This was indeed a challenging read – beautifully written – you can feel chilled to the marrow – gripping in its plot – complicated in its twists and turns. Chick lit this is not.
    Star rating: ***+


  6. Overall, most found it a difficult read in respect of character names and technical detail. Two members didn’t finish it as it was too onerous. Characterisation was very good. Four members enjoyed it overall. One member just read it as it was for book group. So, mixed feelings about it. I really enjoyed it as a thriller. We all learnt about the innuits! 3 stars.


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