DaGu-001 Snow Falling on Cedars - Milestones
Yeah, literary fiction is heavy stuff. There are all those themes and symbols and stuff. This story uses the wrongful trial of a Japanese-American, who fought in Europe during World War II and whose people were interned shortly after Pearl Harbor, to explore ways in which people are inscrutable and removed from each other.
A plain old disquisition on the theme would be an essay, so the tale begins with a man on trial. Kabuo. A Japanese man. In America. For the murder of a German American. Just years after the War. Hook. The local coroner exams the wound on the victim's head. It reminds him of wounds he saw in the War, wounds inflicted by Japanese soldiers trained in kendo. Kabuo was trained in kendo. Inciting Incident. The trial proceeds. Etta Heine, mother of the victim, is called to the stand. She felt threatened by Kabuo, who had been trying to buy back the land his family lost during internment, land acquired by her husband. First Plot Turn.
The narrative proceeds largely in flashbacks, a technique made acceptable by the frame: a mystery to be solved by examination, cross-examination and reflection. The fate of the defendant rests with Ishmael Chambers, the town reporter, who as a youth loved and was loved by Katsue, the defendant's wife. Kept from her by the demands of her culture, wounded by her people in the Pacific Theater, Chambers is tempted to keep to himself the one clue that would acquit his rival.
In part by his use of milestones, Guterson does a fair job of interweaving trial and soul-searching.
|Page Calc||Pages||Milestones||Quote||Range MaL||Range MiL||Range MiH||Range MaH|
|End page||3||Hook||Kabuo Miyamoto is on trial for the murder of Carl Heine.||17.28125||31.5625|
|460||59.25||Inciting Incident||Horace Whaley suggests to Art Moran that he look for a right-handed Jap with a bloody gun butt.||30.6875||44.96875||73.53125||87.8125|
|First page||116.5||Plot Turn 1||Etta Heine, who is heavily prejudiced against Kabuo, testifies for the prosecution.||87.9375||102.2188||130.7813||145.0625|
|3||173.75||Pinch 1||(172) Ishmael finds that even when he holds Katsue, there is a place in her heart he can't get to.||145.1875||159.4688||188.0313||202.3125|
|Prepages||231||Midpoint||Hatsue decides that she must tell Ishmael her relationship with him is over.||202.4375||216.7188||245.2813||259.5625|
|2||288.25||Pinch 2||Kabuo approaches Carl Heine about the seven acres taken from his family during internment.||259.6875||273.9688||302.5313||316.8125|
|Page total||345.5||Plot Turn 2||Ishmael remarks that Kabuo's inscrutable face could have been used in an anti-Japanese propoganda film.||316.9375||331.2188||359.7813||374.0625|
|458||402.75||Resolution||Kabuo and Carl are more similar in their deepest places than Kabuo cares to admit. Kabuo lends Carl a battery.||374.1875||388.4688||417.0313||431.3125|
|460||Conclusion||Ishamel reflects that the heart of any other, because it has a will, will remain forever mysterious and that accident rules every corner of the universe except the chambers of the human heart.||431.4375||445.7188|