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A campaign against social problems would be better than this
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...