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Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Appeal - John Grisham - Book Review

I rarely read fiction these days but can always make an exception for Grisham. A master storyteller and the father of the " Legal thriller" genre, Grisham held sway over readers across the world with his early novels such as Pelican Brief, The Firm, Client ( most of which were made into blockbuster movies). Then he tried his hand at non-legal fiction and that is where he lost steam.

"The Appeal" is a mixture of " Legal thriller" and " Political lobbying" in a cocktail. Its Big greedy business vs small county citizens - David Vs Goliath story though in the end the Goliath wins ( which am sure disappointed many readers). I thought the ending reflected the reality of today's world where more Goliaths than Davids win. So my verdict : Its like most movies - Great first half that loses pace in the end.

On a Separate note, the book offers a quick glimpse of the clash of Social Liberalism Vs Conservatism in rural America. Issues that still deeply divide the nation - Pro-business ( Vs Pro-people) , Gun Control, Homosexuality, Abortion and Death Penalty.

It got me thinking of own stand on these issues ( Though none would care for my views !) . Well, I would reserve that for another blog post.

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  • "The Hong Kong Connection" is a legal thriller about a gutsy female attorney who takes on high ranking International officials. It's a taut, rollercoaster of a ride from New York to Palm Beach to Washington D.C. to Hong Kong. The plot is expertly woven, the characters persuasive, and the dialogue snappy and spot on.

    By Anonymous M. L. Kiner, at 11:01 PM  

  • Thanks !

    By Blogger Cogito, at 1:46 PM  

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