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Review: Snow Hunters

October 11, 2016


At the end of the Korean War, Yohan is freed from a POW camp and leaves his native country behind for Brazil.  Once there, he becomes a tailor’s apprentice and meets four people who help him make sense of his past.

SNOW HUNTERS by Paul Yoon is a beautifully written tale of a man trying to make a new life for himself in a new world.  A world where the customs and language are unfamiliar to him.  He wants to escape his past but needs it to help him figure out the present.

Yoon’s writing is spare and it’s evident each word in this book is carefully chosen.  Even though the characters have tragic pasts they are learning to live again in this wonderful novel.  At just over 200 pages, SNOW HUNTERS is a short book but it’s not a quick read because you’ll want to savor ever word.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. bookingmama permalink
    October 11, 2016 7:32 am

    I heard wonderful things about this novel. Sometimes I think it’s harder to write a 200 pages book than a 350+ page one.

  2. October 11, 2016 8:54 am

    This sounds quite different from my usual reads, but you grabbed my attention with your review, so I may add it to my list to read.

  3. October 11, 2016 9:19 am

    Sounds like a good one.

  4. October 11, 2016 9:53 am

    This sounds really good!

  5. October 11, 2016 10:28 am

    I love books about new beginnings and big adjustments for the characters. Thanks for sharing!

  6. October 11, 2016 10:58 am

    Wow! I love the cover and sound of this book. Glad to know you enjoyed it so much 🙂

  7. October 11, 2016 11:06 am

    This sounds like a beautiful book. Lovely review, Kathy!

  8. October 11, 2016 11:48 am

    This does sound like a moving read. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  9. October 11, 2016 4:10 pm

    I really liked this book when I read it 2 years ago:

    I’m so glad it resonated with you.

  10. October 11, 2016 4:24 pm

    An interesting book for sure

  11. Literary Feline permalink
    October 11, 2016 6:52 pm

    Adding this to my wish list. This sounds so good. Thank you for telling us about it.

  12. October 11, 2016 8:53 pm

    This sounds wonderful! I feel the same way about Ian McEwan’s books… they’re short, but definitely not quick reading.

  13. October 12, 2016 12:52 pm

    I like reading and thinking about this kind of story. How people handle living in a completely different culture is always interesting to me.

  14. The Cue Card permalink
    October 12, 2016 6:33 pm

    Yoon sounds like a good writer! You sold me on this one. I will look for it. I guess I hadn’t heard of it though it’s been out for a few years. thanks

  15. October 12, 2016 9:43 pm

    A new one for me. An author I will be making a note of. Thanks for the review.

  16. October 13, 2016 3:22 pm

    This book does sound very beautiful. First time I am hearing of it.

  17. October 26, 2016 9:57 am

    I like the idea that it’s so powerful and not overly long.

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