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What is wrong with John Grisham…?

…or is it just me?

I am giving him a second chance to impress me and captivate me in a similar way The Hunger Games series, to entertain me like Douglas Adams’es or P.G.Wodehouse’s works, to teach me things about myself like Ray Bradbury, to enrich my vocabulary like J.K.Rowling did or… to do anything to withhold me from regretting I lost precious hours of my life trying to find why is he so famous of his writings.

It does not work as he does nothing for me. I am somehow not buying the style, the whole package – the “insight” in the world of law, lawyers, solicitors, attorneys, barristers, judges and who-not-among-them; the cheesy American dream, the working 80 hours a week rookie that will eventually become a partner and on his way to the top will meet vile-tempered people but will fight them with his impeccable moral code and will always remain the good boy, the hero who will leave the scene and begin a brand new lawyer’s life in some other firm (already waiting for him). Mhm. Too everything-is-on-the-surface. Too over-the top.

My first John Grisham novel was “The Associate”. A true bore. Back in my senior year at the university I had to translate it for one of my exams. It took me good three months of struggle and I got the feeling some nevrons might have died in the battle.

I hated all Grisham-related talks ever since up until very recently when I decided to give him a second chance. This time with “The Firm”. 25% now (Kiki-reading) and nothing thrilling happened. Yes, the guy met with an FBI agent. So what? I am pondering over should I lose time for the nextΒ  75% or I should call it a day (in this case a novel) and go back to the readings I enjoy…?

What is your Grisham experience?

Have I taken a wrong turn or is he just the male version of the chick-lit without its humour and lightheartedness?

Still wondering is it him or is it me,

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5 responses to “What is wrong with John Grisham…?”

  1. sharechair says :

    He’s never been a favorite of mine, but like you, I’ve read a few simply because of all the fuss. I do remember enjoying one of his books, but I can’t remember which one, and that alone speaks volumes.

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  3. Pat says :

    He’s not one of my favourites either. I find him dry and dusty and I don’t know why. Ponderous even. He does not figure on my bookshelves at all.
    But some of his books make great films, reversing my usual book v film theory.
    So obviously his plots are good, just don’t like his style.

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