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Book Review – Tort Law: Cases and Materials, 4th Edition

Author: Ernest J. Weinrib

Publisher: Edmond Montgomery Publications, 2014, 792 pages

Reviewed By: Michael Wickson (1L)

The fourth edition of Tort Law is a wondrous collection of enlightening tales that is sure to entertain all readers. It is the latest in a long line of excellent publications, and it more than lives up to its predecessors. In this edition, Weinrib guides the reader on a wild ride through intriguing narratives from across the country and around the world. These tales are accompanied by thoughtful commentaries from literary scholars to richen the already outstanding text, including leading authors like Denning, Laskin, and McLachlin, just to name a few. This book is sure to capture the attention of even the most basic reader.

Weinrib has expertly woven a cultural mosaic of colourful tales of personal courage and triumph, such as Hollis and the Explosive Implants, and the Queen and the Larvae. These tales of marvel are balanced with stories of conflict and bravery in the face of wicked cruelty, such as Norberg and the Peddler, and Eve and the Witch. This collection also includes a rendition of the legendary tale of the Paisley Snail that is truly second to none. It also includes several of the other timeless classics including the Runaway Carriage, and the Social Host.  There is something in this book for everyone as these tales span from the personal to the societal levels and everywhere in between. Readers of all ages will find something that relates to them and a world of discovery awaits those that truly engross themselves in the test.

These delightful stories can be enjoyed individually, but this volume can only be truly appreciated when it is read in its entirety. The various tales have been compiled into themes that tell a larger tale in a holistic fashion: the evolution of society through Tort Law. This is where Weinrib truly demonstrates his genius. He masterfully places the diverse narratives in a fashion that stimulates an array of emotions from the reader. From sense of torment in nuisance, raged injustice in the negligence, and elation for liability the reader will never know what to expect. The edition concludes with a thought provoking chapter on the future of Tort Law and its place in our society that is sure to delight and serves as an exceptional capstone to Weinrib’s work.

This book is highly recommended for all first year law students: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll become enraged while becoming more deeply engaged with every passing page.  This is an excellent read and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.