When a Japanese-American is charged with the murder of a local fisherman, more than one man's guilt is at stake. Soon to be a major film starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Scott Hicks (Shine). San Piedro Island in Puget Sound is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese-American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one ...
When a Japanese-American is charged with the murder of a local fisherman, more than one man's guilt is at stake. Soon to be a major film starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Scott Hicks (Shine). San Piedro Island in Puget Sound is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese-American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man's guilt. For on San Piedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries - memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and a Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbours watched.
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This book is so well written. The story content itself is very worthy, but the author's descriptions are very vivid and his insight into the human condition is excellent. An especially good read for the history buff.
Oct 9, 2007
This is a watered down version of "To Kill a Mocking Bird." I liked the idea of a man defending the husbann of a woman he still loves. Unfortunately the characters are not flashed out. They remain two dimensional through out the story. Guterson also falls into the sterotype of the soft spoken Japanese woman. The husband too also falls into the sterotype.
Also he decribes the landscapes for pages on end. If Guterson put halp as much effort into his characters as he did the landscape this might have been a good story.
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