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am 14. Oktober 2015
Ich kann doch nicht bei jedem Buch eine inhaltliche Beurteilung abgeben.
Gruss Jamin
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am 5. September 2013
John Grisham, you just must love his books :)
Wasn't the first and won't be the last one that I've read.
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am 13. Juli 2000
Everytime I write a review on Jonh Grisham's books, people seem to hate what I say. But I know that it's true. This year, I read the wonderful THE TESTAMENT. Even not being so good with the endings, Grisham knows how to keep the pace of the book and the story interesting to read until the end.
But that's not what happens with that one. This book is a whole terrible thing. When you start reading it, the action just in the opening pages, you think you're up to read a book full of suspense and twists. Soon you discover what the book is all about: a lawyer that saw a poor man be killed under his eyes - exactly where he works, when this poor man tried to kill him and his lawyers friends - and, with problems of his own conscience - "why haven't I given some money to the poor", "why haven't I payed attention to these people" and things like that - starts to get to know who the poor killed man was and starts to help poor people doing charity. All this while his marriage is almost braking and he realizes he wants to be a lawyer helping poor peopl.
Be sure that I have nothing against this subject. The problem is: the usual suspens, twists, action and adventure we are always expection from John Grisham does not happen with that one. Grisham, as a Baptist writer, wrote that book certainly only to make his readers think about the poor people and maybe to make his readers give money to them and pay more attention, certainly unaware that give money and food to these people and not solving the social problems is not the solution. I really think that, as popular as John Grisham is, it would be much better using his popularity to make a national - or perhaps an international - campaign to try to solve the social problems that usually leads people to go to the streets and write a book full of action and great happening instead. At least it would be better than this dull book. Believe me. Zzzzzzzzzz...
Marco Aurelio.
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am 25. Mai 1998
John Grisham is hard not to like - he knows the law and can tell a darn good story. It doesn't matter that his novels read more like screenplays or that his language can sometimes be sloppy - one can overlook these instances and relish in the fact that his stories move along with fierce speed. "The Street Lawyer" is a nice read, perhaps better than the last Grisham novel, "The Partner" and allows us to think about homelessness. Michael Brock is an up and coming lawyer employed at a prestigious law firm. He and several other layers are taken hostage by a homeless man who is eventually killed. After Michael does some investigating he learns that the man who held him hostage was wrongly evicted and, after further digging, Michael discovers his law firm is a major player in this eviction. Michael receives assistance from a fellow employee of the firm resulting in Michael stealing a file which can damage the law firm. The rest of the novel focuses on Michael's work with the homeless and the law clinic he now works for as a street lawyer. There are many similarities in this novel as in previous Grisham novels - the disheartened lawyer, the troubled marriage and the ultimate resolution that all of Grisham's lawyers make. Still, all in all, "The Street Lawyer" opens our eyes to the world of the homeless and allows us to undersand this tragic situation with a better understanding. If this novel educates one person on the issue of homelessness and what one can do for them, then Grisham has done his job. And, I might add: he has done a fine job, indeed.
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am 10. Februar 1998
A crazed, homeless gunman takes Michael Brock and eight other attorneys at the prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm of Drake & Sweeney hostage, setting in motion a chain of events and major change of life that Michael could not have anticipated the day before. Then, he had been comfortable in his job, well paid and on the fast track to partnership, which could mean a million dollars a year for the rest of his life. Soon after he escapes from the hostage crisis, he begins taking steps that lead him away from corporate antitrust law and into a small law firm dedicated to advocacy for the homeless. Prior to leaving, however, he purloins a client file, in which he hopes to find information about the deaths of five homeless people. The file becomes both his weapon for use against the firm due to the information in it and the firm's weapon against him because of his theft of it.
"The Street Lawyer" is perhaps John Grisham's most socially-conscious effort (though one might well consider "The Chamber," which dealt with the death penalty, to hold that distinction), and it therefore contains a fair amount of politics in it, especially in the frequent complaints of Mordecai Green, the lawyer who heads the small firm that Michael joins. Readers who prefer the clear-cut lines of good and (very) bad of other Grisham efforts (particularly "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief") may be disappointed by the gray areas here, for much of the book reads as an indictment of the upper middle and upper classes and of republicans. Grisham does not allow these indictments to get in the way of the story too frequently, though, and he brings the story to a conclusion quite similar to that in "The Rainmaker," albeit with less over-the-top drama.
The issue of homelessness is indeed an important one, and Grisham includes a personal afterword suggesting his newfound awareness of the problem and the factors contributing to it. One cannot help but wonder, however, whether the author is genuinely concerned or merely paying lip service while using the problem for a novel that will no doubt be the source of more millions of dollars for him. During the hostage crisis that starts the book, the gunman has all of the hostages divulge their salaries and the amounts they've given to charities for the poor. The message is clear, especially because the protagonist (Michael) feels guilty for having done nothing to help others. And yet "The Street Lawyer" arrived on book stores' shelves with a list price of $27.95--considerably higher than many hardcovers--and nary a mention that the proceeds would in any way help anyone besides Mr. Grisham, his agent and publisher, and the stores selling the book.
Compared to other Grisham efforts, "The Street Lawyer" probably does not rank among his best. Compared to other legal novels in general, the law in "The Street Lawyer" is rather naive or simplistic. While this simplicity should ensure that the wide audience that is the book's target does not lose interest with discussions of legal niceties, it does make for a somewhat unbelievable resolution and some problematic ethical issues.
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am 10. Juli 2000
Briefly stated, the plot involves an attorney, Michael Brock, who is held at gunpoint by De Von Hardy, a man recently evicted. The eviction also effects several other poor people who are forced to homelessness when their building is scheduled to be razed to the ground as a future constuction site. The story tells about the reasons behind the evictions and the effect those reasons have on others.
One of the many reasons I enjoy reading a John Grisham novel is his ability to describe social issues within the context of an absorbing, provocative story. In "The Street Lawyer", he tackles problems of homelessness and poverty. He challenges the reader's values. When Brock was deciding to quit his high paying position at his reputable law firm, I was hoping he'd be persuaded to give up the idea. When it became evident he had made the committment to serve the less fortunate I admired him greatly and cheered for the plaintiffs in the pending lawsuit.
Grisham did a credible job of bringing attention to the problems associated with homelessness. Drug addiction, mental illness, parenting, unemployment are conditions exacerbated by homelessness.
The most important insight however, is the awareness that with a few bad breaks homelessness can happen to most anyone. Hopefully, this realization will have a positive effect on readers' attitudes and behavior toward the less fortunate.
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am 30. Juli 2000
The story begins when a bum walks into a rich firm and holds ten attorneys. He has dynamo strapped to his body and is holding a gun. He asks one lawyer to give him the facts straight of the IRS reports: how much money have each of these big-time lawyers donated to charity? By charity he doesn't mean the local symphony or the high-up charities they give money to in order to get their name mentioned, but money given directly to the poor homeless people on the street or the soup kitchens, free clinics, homes, etc. that help them out? Of course the lawyer can't give a very big figure. Although no harm results from this short hostage-holding-session (except to the bum, who is shot by a sniper outside and whose brains explode all over the lawyer who was assisting him with the figures) and it seems like the bum was just trying to make a point instead of really hurt anyone, and although the rest of the attorneys go back to their strenous trying-to-get-on-top schedule, the lawyer who was asked to tell the bum the statistics is deeply touched by this episode and wants to find out more. The lawyer's name is Michael Brock, and he becomes the main character of the story. Although he is a rising star at the Drake and Sweeney, the law firm, he gives up some of his billing hours to investigate this incident. This decision leads him to helping at a free clinic and donating his time at a homeless shelter. When he finds out what connection the firm has with the bum, he leaves it, and takes along with him a stolen file. From then on, he is a crook, and a street lawyer.
John Grisham speaks loudly and distinctly about social problems of the U.S. homeless citizens. You'll be touched by the characters and you'll feel for them.
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am 9. Februar 1998
If you absolutely HAVE to read this cuz it's a John Grisham book, get it from the library....not worth buying it...while the premise is commendable, his one page in-depth article in a recent Newsweek was far more he spent a couple of weeks playing "street lawyer" just so he could write a book... big deal...he shed a tear only once....yeah, crying cuz this one is not gonna make the big bucks like his others... John, when you were doing a book tour a few years ago appearing at Book Passage here in Marin, you said that you would start "real writing" as you did in "A Time to Kill" once you fulfilled your contract.....and made some money so you could afford the latitude of "real writing".....well, you've made a ton of $$$$$$$$$ by now, don't you think you can start writing again for readers and not for the movies???? I liked all of your books but i realllly LOVED your very first one....characters in "street lawyer" were one dimensional, story was extremely weak.....there just wasn't any substance...this could've been a very powerful book given your "research" and subject matter but you cheated your readers in more ways than one....only 11 lines on each chapter page....verrrry slim pickings there....give it some more effort next time around....!!!!
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am 13. Oktober 2004
Das Buch beschreibt zumindest ganz spannend den sozialen Abstieg und moralischen Aufstieg eines Anwalts. Das Ganze ist allerdings sehr gut vorhersagbar und klischeehaft (Job, Frau, Geld, Wohnung, Auto weg) und unser Held steckt diese ganzen Änderungen ohne große Gefühlsschwankungen ein - hilft er doch den Armen und Schwachen. Mal abgesehen davon, das das recht unglaubwürdig aussieht, dass das Leid und die Sorgen von Obdachlosen nur im Finden von Wohnung und Job zu bestehen scheint, hat das Ganze ein unspektakuläres (Happy) End. - Nettes Buch für einen Kurzurlaub, längere Zugfahrt und vielleicht tauglich für einen B-Movie.
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am 24. August 1998
The storyline could have been a good one but the quality of the characters doesn't support it. The homeless ARE overlooked in our society. But if Mr. Grisham wants us to believe that this homeless man who ends up getting shot when he takes a group of lawyers hostage makes a big enough impression for one lawyer to throw away a coming partnership and work for $30K a year to help them, he needed to develop the character much more. Not just decide he needs to help the poor.
If this lawyer really wants to help the poor and senses that the law firm he works at is somehow involved, why didn't he stay on and help from within? Going after the law firm was lame -- it really is one lawyer in the firm that's the bad apple. And there is really no suspense -- we just read about how a lawyer decides to help the poor after a traumatic experience.
While this new lawyer for the poor is going around taking cases from the poor, it reads just like "The Rainmaker". Did you take paragraphs from one manuscript and cut and paste them into this one?
And why the extra effor to find Hector? Why not just go to the post office to get a forwarding address OR mail him something that tells the post office they need to be informed of a forwarding address? I'll tell you why -- he needs to add more pages to the book that do nothing to develop the character -- except to make the lawyer look stupid.
And if he's so dedicated to the poor, why is he spending so much time taking cases instead of clearing them?
Who really benefitted from the settlement?
If Mr. Grisham really does care for the poor, did he donate any of the proceeds of this book to them? Why didn't he include a page at the back informing his readers of how to contact area shelters so that people could pitch in?
Oh well -- maybe the next one will be better. I heard a rumor that Mr. Grisham wasn't going to sell the movie rights to his books until after it came out in paperback because so many people were just waiting for the movie. Maybe he wrote this book to discourage those movie people from even wanting to buy the rights ever again?
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