David Guterson

Snow Falling on Cedars

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    The heart of any other, because it had a will, would remain forever mysterious.
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    he kissed his wife for a long time. Ishmael Chambers took a photograph of this; he watched their kiss through his viewfinder.
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    You playing detective?’ Art said. ‘You trying to be Sherlock Holmes? We got the mooring rope and that fishing gaff with Carl’s blood on it – those things speak for themselves, don’t they? What else does a body need?’
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    kissed him so softly it was like a whisper against his cheekbone. ‘Find someone to marry,’ she said to him. ‘Have children, Ishmael. Live.’
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    answered in English that was too precise, too perfect.
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    An enemy on an island is an enemy forever, he’d been fond of reminding his son.
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    If it looks like a dog and walks like a dog,’ Burke Latham asserted, ‘then most prob’ly it is a dog, that’s all there’s going to be to it.’
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    occurred to Ishmael for the first time in his life that such destruction could be beautiful.
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    And so the shape of Kabuo Miyamoto’s eyes, the country of his parents’ birth – these things must not influence your decision. You must sentence him simply as an American, equal in the eyes of our legal system to every other American. This is what you’ve been called here to do. This is what you must do.
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    his aspect connoted dignity.
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    They were more similar in their deepest places than Kabuo cared to admit.
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    I was out at sea, fighting you goddamn Jap sons a – ’
    ‘I’m an American,’ Kabuo cut in. ‘Just like you or anybody. Am I calling you a Nazi, you big Nazi bastard? I killed men who looked just like you – pig-fed German bastards. I’ve got their blood on my soul, Carl, and it doesn’t wash off very easily. So don’t you talk to me about Japs, you big Nazi son of a bitch.’
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    boy so moved by the beauty of the world he could not keep himself from utterance: ‘Look at those colors,’ he’d said. And even at twelve Kabuo had understood that such a statement was out of character.
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    They’re going to figure it makes sense a Jap killed him. They’re going to want to see me hang no matter what the truth is.’
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    We’re sly and treacherous,’ Kabuo said. ‘You can’t trust a Jap, can you? This island’s full of strong feelings, Mr. Gudmundsson, people who don’t often speak their minds but hate on the inside all the same.
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    glared without wavering at the wife of the accused man, and she glared at him in return.
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    They’d come to an agreement about the seven acres.
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    and she took when she could a piece of his sorrow and stored it for him in her own heart.
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    the discovery that grief could attach itself with permanence – something Ishmael had already discovered. It attached itself and then it burrowed inside and made a nest and stayed. It ate whatever was warm
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    At least the facts you can cling to; the emotions just float away.’
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