Study Guide

Snow Falling on Cedars Chapter 16

By David Guterson

Chapter 16

  • This chapter details Ishmael's war service and some of the horrific things that happened to him.
  • There's a graphic description of Ishmael's participation in the Battle of Tarawa, during which he lost part of his arm.
  • Alongside these awful war experiences, Ishmael was still suffering from the loss of Hatsue and believed he had started to hate her.