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Peter Høeg

Autor(a) de Smilla's Sense of Snow

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About the Author

Peter Hoeg, is a writer. He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1957. Hoeg's first book, The History of Danish Dreams, was published in 1988. Another book, Smilla's Sense of Snow, received the Glass Key Award from the Crime Writers of Scandinavia in 1992. The book was made into a film in 1997 mostrar mais starring Julia Ormond, Gabriel Bryne, and Vanessa Redgrave. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Peter Høeg

Smilla's Sense of Snow (1992) 7,345 exemplares
Borderliners (1993) 1,537 exemplares
The Woman and the Ape (1996) 1,023 exemplares
The History of Danish Dreams (1988) 918 exemplares
The Quiet Girl (2006) — Autor — 885 exemplares
Tales of the Night (1990) 519 exemplares
The Elephant Keepers' Children (2010) 375 exemplares
The Susan Effect (2014) — Autor — 188 exemplares
Sinun silmiesi kautta (2018) 32 exemplares
Miteinander (2012) 8 exemplares
Hommage à Bournonville (2003) 7 exemplares

Associated Works

Smilla's Sense of Snow [1997 film] (1997) — Original novel — 45 exemplares
Prachtig weer verhalen (1994) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Høeg, Peter
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Kopenhagen, Denemarken
Locais de residência
Kopenhagen, Denemarken
University of Copenhagen (MA, Literature, 1984)
bemanningslid cruises
Prémios e menções honrosas
Bog & Idé-prisen (1996)
Bog & Idé-prisen (1993)
De gyldne Laurbær (1994)

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Peter Høeg leeft met zijn vrouw en twee dochters in Kopenhagen, Denemarken.



I really enjoyed Smilla’s Sense of Snow but it was more for the atmosphere than for the story. The mystery became overly-complicated and was difficult to follow at times, and while I enjoyed several characters in the first half of the book, I didn’t like anyone (including Smilla) in the second half. But I felt like I was in the ‘cold north’ and that, combined with my love of arctic survival stories, is the reason that I enjoyed this story.
dinahmine | 161 outras críticas | Feb 7, 2024 |
"The body's pain is so paper-thin and insignificant compared to that of the mind."

This book was initially written in Danish and then translated into English. The story follows Smilla Jaspersen, a 37-year-old Greenlander living in Copenhagen. Smilla is a loner by nature, but there is one person in her life she feels a connection to, her young neighbour, Isaiah. This is revealed through a series of flashbacks, because in the novel’s opening chapter it is revealed that Isaiah has died following a fall off the snowy roof of their apartment block.

Accidental death say the police but Smilla knows the boy and moreover has a feeling for snow. She reads a different story in his snowy footprints. Isaiah wasn’t playing, he was running from something. Smilla decides to investigate this untimely death and soon realises that she has stumbled onto something much bigger than a solitary death. What's more she can read the smallest changes in ice and snow.

This novel is an entertaining mystery/thriller that IMHO has enough in it for anyone who is a fan of that particular genre but for me, the best part was learning about the history and culture of Greenland. Hoeg deftly explores the many problems of the colonization of this island nation, weaving historical context into his text. I started the novel knowing absolutely nothing about the relationship between Denmark and Greenland, so it was a interesting to learn something about their uneasy history. Hoeg’s prose is densely packed, full of information, action, and on occasion, wonderfully vivid imagery.

Coincidentally I started this on a day that it had started to snow in my own neighbourhood and if nothing else, it reminded me that British winters are rather tame in comparison to those endured in the bone-chilling arctic.

"Whining is a virus, a lethal, infectious, epidemic disease."
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PilgrimJess | 161 outras críticas | Jan 28, 2024 |
Romps along but the ending seams to cut short. Goes off in odd tangents.
SteveMcI | 161 outras críticas | Dec 30, 2023 |
The Quiet Girl honestly didn't work for me. It follows a man named Kasper, who has superhuman hearing abilities, as he runs from the police and tries to find a missing girl. He is wanted in several countries and is drowning in debt, which complicates him finding this child. He ends up being brought in by a group of nuns who promise they will help him, but they end up being more than what he was expecting.

As much as I liked the premise of the book, there were a few things that really didn't sit well with me. First is the racism towards one of the characters. She is a Black woman who is referred to as "the African" and is not given much more character or personality beyond that, to the point that we don't even know her name. She is in most of the book as well, so there is no excuse for her to not have any real personality or character to her either.

I also struggled with the writing quite a bit. There were lines I really enjoyed, but it was hampered with a translation (that as someone with a Bachelor's degree in translation, I am assuming was a literal translation) which left many of the sentences as sentence fragments. This made it really hard to read as there were so many sentences that were just chopped in half during the translation process. It also felt as if several scenes were missing from the book, as it was hard to follow at times. There were moments in which it felt as if there should have been extra scenes to act as a transition, but instead were missing so they just jolted me around as a reader.
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Griffin_Reads | 38 outras críticas | Oct 11, 2023 |



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