Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Different Kind of Grisham

The Appeal by John Grisham

Adult Legal Thriller

This is a classic case of big corporation versus the little guy.  Since I am always fighting for the underdog, I had high hopes for this book.  But, it wasn't a typical Grisham.  It seemed to be more introspective, more reflective, more sad.  It was almost as if the outcome of the story was a foregone conclusion.  He seemed defeatist from the get-go.

For the plot, a husband and wife lawyer-team take on an unwinnable case:  a small-town woman whose son and husband died from cancer.  They take on the company accused of dumping chemicals illegally in a nearby creek from which the whole town gets its water supply.  The two lawyers have gambled everything for this case, and lost so much already before the book begins, because the implications of the verdict could change legislation statewide.

It is really also the story of a town that is dying and the consequences of corporate greed on a community. 

This is not one to read if you are looking for a typical legal thriller.  It is thrilling and legal but not Grisham's usual pace.  It's a slow, afternoon ride as opposed to a race to the finish.

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