Smilla's Sense of Snow (1992)

by Peter Hoeg

A six-year-old boy falls to his death from a rooftop in Copenhagen, causing a half-Inuit, half-Danish woman to launch an investigation of his death that will end in the frozen barrenness of the Arctic Circle.

Author Peter Hoeg's main achievement is the creation of his protagonist, Smilla, who is brilliant, sardonic, cold, and misanthropic.

Peter Hoeg

She kept me reading, even when the plot turns became too confusing or convenient.

I love the way he could show us how love began to form cracks in her icy heart without introducing a hint of sentiment.


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