Snow Falling on Cedars
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The Other

25 June 2008 10:34 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

At one point or another, everybody wants to get away from it all. But there are levels; one man's long walk on the beach is another man's faked-death journey into isolation and backwoods survival. There's a romance to the latter that comes hand-in-glove with its arrogance, a lure of simplification that implies freedom and a rejection of social responsibility. The journeys of individuals like Christopher McCandless (the real-life protagonist of Into The Wild) invite contempt and admiration in equal measure, but whether they're demonized or worshipped, the questions they raise remain. What would drive someone to leave everything behind for isolation, discomfort, and death? And just how broken does society have to become before such a choice seems like the only sane response? In his new novel, The Other, David Guterson (Snow Falling On Cedars) attempts to address these issues through the story of two young men going in »

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