3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful portrait of a Community,
This review is from: Snow falling on cedars [LegacyTitleID: 2004]
Although outwardly a courtroom drama, this novel is really a description of the lives of a whole community of people living on a fishing and fruit-growing island near Seattle after the second world war. It is full of minute observation that suggests it is either thoroughly researched or the author knows the place intimately. Reading it gave me a very satisfying feeling of being in touch with the universal humanity of the many different interconnected lives it traces.
I rarely read courtroom dramas or watch courtroom films. They are nearly always too simplistic and one-sided. This one is even-handed so you can understand and appreciate the position of all the different people involved.
I recommend the audio version. The reading is, sensitive, gentle and a decent rendition of the different dialogue voices.