Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow

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She thinks more 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 crime. It 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.
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2012
Edition: First Picador edition
ISBN: 9781250002556
1250002559
Branch Call Number: FICTION Hoe
Description: 502 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-

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Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime. It 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 Smil... Read More »

Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime. It 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 Smil... Read More »

First published in 1992, Smilla's Sense of Snow instantly became an international sensation. When caustic Smilla Jaspersen discovers that her neighbor---a neglected six-year-old boy, and possibly her only friend---has died in a tragic accident, a peculiar intuition tells her it was murder. Unpred... Read More »

“Smilla Qaaviqaaq Jaspersen is the daughter of a Danish doctor and an Inuit woman from Greenland. Raised in Greenland, she lives in Copenhagen and, as befits her ancestry, is an expert on snow. When one of her few friends, an Inuit boy, dies under mysterious circumstances, she refuses to believe ... Read More »


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mardrahord
May 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it.

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fred98115
Oct 24, 2019

Dark mystery. A boy falls from a snowy roof, the first death of a series that leads to Greenland's icy waters and a man's greed.

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Aunt1EJ
Apr 10, 2019

I read this every few years and each time I'm sitting on the edge of my chair! The ending is genius - and unsettling. Also, the film version is excellent.

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trickbag22
Mar 31, 2019

I found this title when seeing a list for top mystery authors of Danish descent. Although much of the technical portions of snow and ice were beyond my knowledge, they were an essential piece of Smilla’s character. This is well worth taking the time to read, especially if you enjoy a change from the typical mystery theme enjoyed by American authors.

IndyPL_ChristineB Mar 27, 2019

A dark, suspenseful story featuring Smilla Jaspersen, a Greenlander living in Denmark. She lives an isolated life and despite her best efforts to stay detached, she connects with a 6 year old Inuit boy named Isaiah who accidently dies. Smilla’s special skills in deciphering the characteristics of ice and snow convince her that Isaiah’s death was not an accident. The tension mounts with twists and turns as Smilla unravels the mystery of this young boy’s murder.

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mogie
Apr 01, 2018

I'm not sure why it took me so long to finish this book. I enjoyed it. It held my attention from the beginning. I was committed all the way to the end and then the last paragraph was blah. I recommended it to a friend with about 15 pages left and then unrecommended it. I felt like the end was a let down considering how good the rest of it was.

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asteraurora
Aug 18, 2015

Absorbing, intricate plot with fascinating detail of the Greenland Inuit culture and the impact of colonization by Denmark.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

Hoeg's half-Inuk heroine, Smilla, solves a complex and exciting case set in Denmark and Greenland.

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Lavenderseas
Mar 29, 2013

Love this book! Great read

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DssrtFirst
Mar 28, 2013

Interesting mystery/thriller with a strong female protagonist. Reminded me of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, but not as good.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit who lives in Copenhagen and refuses to fit in. When her only friend, a six year old neighbour, dies, she decides to investigate using her stubbornness and her vast knowledge of snow.

FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Inuit who lives in Copenhagen and refuses to fit in. When her only friend, a six year old neighbour, dies, she decides to investigate using her stubbornness and her vast knowledge of snow.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 31, 2009

The 1997 film based on this novel stars Julia Ormond and was directed by Billie August.

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