Cedar, Salmon and Weed Reviews
Druehl captures in his novel the irony of community, our need to be a part of a social network versus our desire to be unfettered by social norms. He treats both the community and the individuals that form it with humour and affection. However, at the heart of the
book is the author's love for his friend who was tragically lost.
"Like a cross between The Beachcombers, The Nature of Things, and Up In Smoke, Bamfield
BC author Louis Druehl has crafted a brilliantly authentic West Coast novel.
Expertly and beautifully written, the book absolutely drips with soggy coastal flavour,
so much so that I could taste the salt air, and picture the harbour, ocean and land where so much
of the action in this wonderfully gritty book is set. I highly recommend Cedar, Salmon and Weed for
anyone who enjoys adventure stories from a local expert's detailed perspective."
"Forests, beaches, and docks replace alleys, boilers, and defunct canneries as Druehl
brings the spirit of Cannery Row alive with a story of desire, conflict, and discovery along
the remote shores of Vancouver Island. Artful description of the intricate relationships among
its inhabitants exposes the peculiarity of a village with such a unique mixture of cultural
oddities that readers will trek the long logging road just for the experience. Cedar, Salmon and Weed
is lavishly human."
"The book captures coastal life and the imperfect world of people in a remote village
where residents still get about by boardwalk or boat."