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reader æ doc A Time to Kill Ê reflectionslisburnltd · Librarian's Note Alternate cover edition for ISBN 0385338600 9780385338608Before The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice In this searing courtroom drama best selling author John GrishamHs of racial violenceas he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern townClanton Mississippi The life of a ten year old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime Until her Original Mid 90s Star Only Review – 5 StarsRe Read in 2020 Review – 4 StarsYou will notice a drop in the stars above but you can take that with a grain of salt It is still a great book that will pull you in and not let go If you are familiar with Grisham’s work this is where it all began and I think some consider it mainly downhill from here Not necessarily a big downhill – but it sure does seem in some aspects like he was at the top of his game for his first few novels He mentioned in his forward that this one almost did not get published but the success of The Firm helped generate interest and I am very glad it didThis is not an easy book to read but fiction based on hard truths never is There is very graphic and shocking sexual assault and racism So while they add to a powerful story some may find it difficult to read Knowing this be sure to proceed with cautionThe reason for the slight downturn in stars for me is that it just didn’t feel as smooth to me as I remembered Maybe I was looking at an old favorite through rose colored glassed before I re read The thought that kept going through my head especially after reading the forward and seeing that it almost didn’t get published is that it felt like it was a bit rough with a lot of coincidences drawn out scenes followed by rushed scenes etc Nothing that was severe enough t ruin the experience but enough that it was noticeable to meIf you are a Grisham fan it is likely that you already read this If you are a Grisham fan and you haven’t read this I am actually not really sure you can call yourself a Grisham fan So you should remedy that right away

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Black father acuires an assault rifle and takes matters into his handsFor ten days as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client's lifeand then his o This was John Grisham' s very first bookHe dreamed of getting it publishedand went through innumerable rejectionsIt was largely ignoredwhen it was first publishedGrisham was inspired by an actual court room case to write itIt is about raperetribution and racial violencein the American SouthA young black girl is rapedand her outraged father takes justice into his own handsA young defence attorney tries to save his lifeonly to find himself in dangerAnd then comes all that racial violencewhich resembles what has been happening recently in the USIt is a first bookand it ramblesAt over 500 pagesit is too lengthyThis story could have been told so much better in half the number of pagesor even less

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A Time to KillLibrarian's Note Alternate cover edition for ISBN 0385338600 9780385338608Before The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice In this searing courtroom drama best selling author John Grisham probes the savage dept Considered Grisham's best novel by many readers far perspicacious than moi this well written emotionally charged thriller certainly delivers While it doesn't rank as my eye's own personal apple I can certainly see why it is esteemed by fans of both the legal thriller and Grisham Despite being fast paced and a true page turner what I would call a popcorn read there's a gravity and social conscience that pervades the story and adds a weight to the narrative There is depth here than I expected Setting aside for the moment my gripes over some of the language used in the book one vulgarity in particular Grisham does a nice job of capturing the setting and providing an authentic feel and voice to his characters Overall a satisfying read that held my attention throughout PLOT SUMMARYDespite its brisky pace Grisham’s Mississippi based legal thriller deals with some tough serious issues eg race relations vigilantism and “justice versus lawful” The plot centers on the trial of a poor black father who murders the two white shit stains who raped tortured and brutalized his 10 year old daughter The crime and the subseuent trial triggers a firestorm of racial tension as factions on both sides become vocal and volatile From the opening pages that describe the brutal rape which was gut wrenching in the extreme to experience especially as a dad through the final reading of the verdict Grisham drives the narrative effortlessly and keeps the reader hooked and engaged His story telling is excellent THOUGHTSHowevernow that I have both seen the movie version and read the book my final verdict is that the film is both enjoyable and the higher uality product of the two I say this despite the fact that the movie is arguably the “sweatiest” most lathery film in American history and my wife and I crack up about that every time we see it Those pictures don’t do credit to the muggy perspiration overload of the real thing but if you haven’t seen it trust methe movie dripped sudor from every pore like a hooker in church Words like sheen and glistening are too understated It was like the actors showered got dressed without drying off walked through a “mister” and then wiped down with a moist towelette before everysinglescene Now not everyone was complaining about the drenchiness since it was Matthew McConaughey Sam “it’s the one that says Bad MF” Jackson Ashley Judd and Sandra Bullock doing the sweating but stillhilarious and a bit distracting BOOK GRIPESKeep in mind that I liked the book so my gripes below really point towards why I didn't rate the book higher than 3 stars1 Too much fluff When you can take a 528 page book and condense it into a 2 hour movie that captures perfectly the essence of the story and manages to be even emotionally powerful it indicates that the novel was a little thin in the story department This is the case here While the expanded story and segues are interesting the central plot contained too much unnecessariness that could’ve been easily discarded without touching the heart of the storyas the filmmakers did 2 Excessive use of N word Given that the novel is set in 1984 I had a real problem with the significant use of the “N” word in the story No South Park fans I am not referring to “nagger” Had this been set in the 50’s or 60’s I would have seen it as a product of the times and swallowed my uncomfortableness However it just seems odd that as late as 1984 the word and the frame of mind that goes with it would be used so casually and regularly Given that Grisham is from the South and went to school in Mississippi he may be spot on with his characterization and he probably is If true this is just very very sad Still its constant use grated on me and I thought the movie did a much better job with the dialogue