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The Brethren by John Grisham
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Nov 22, 2010

really liked it
Read from December 02, 2010 to February 18, 2011

This novel from John Grisham is one of my most highly-anticipated after The Testament. I have often wondered about what kind of plot he would pull of now and how he is going to top his other books. Evidently, this kind of pressure would certainly not do anything good for the upcoming book as I have already piled too much expectation before I even read it. And it really did. I was very a bit disappointed with the ending - probably because I am used to Grisham's sense of justice in his stories.

Disappointment aside, I thought this book was very good. It had all the necessary elements that make a really awesome Grisham story: very descriptive chapters, fast paced scenes, strategic dialogue, and stories that come to a head in a pretty thrilling climax. Initially, the book told two separate stories: that of The Brethren and their schemes, and that of Aaron Lake's run towards becoming the next American president. While reading those chapters, I was constantly wondering when and how their paths would cross, and who from Aaron Lake's camp would be the one to make contact with the three judges. With the way the story went, you eventually figure out what would happen but the journey to get there was pretty special and exciting, taking you to different twists and turns that make it a really good read.

The characters were very funny in their own way, and how they were portrayed could be seen happening in reality, with just a tinge of unrealistic qualities that make it more appealing to readers. The hilarity of their dialogue and situations were even more underlined because of the narration's unflinchingly serious tone. The writing was very steady and consistent, although it does go a bit downhill in the end in my opinion - which others might disagree with - but still, it's a book worth reading and having on your bookshelf.

This novel in my opinion marked the looming changes that Grisham employed in his writing - less on the lawyerly stuff and more into societal and personal issues unlike his first few books that put him up there when it came to books about courtroom drama and legal rivalry. I have yet to read his latest books not related to anything about law, but as far as 'practice makes perfect' go, they better equal - if not surpass - this book.

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