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A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) (1989 original; edició 2004)

de John Grisham

Sèrie: Jake Brigance (1)

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Before "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief" made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For 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 life...and then his own... "From the Hardcover edition."… (més)
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Títol:A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1)
Autors:John Grisham
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A Time to Kill de John Grisham (1989)

  1. 111
    Matar un rossinyol de Harper Lee (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: A Time to Kill's courtroom drama and emphasis on race relations in a small town in the South definitely brought to mind the trial scenes in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.
  2. 10
    The King of Lies de John Hart (VictoriaPL)
  3. 10
    The Quiet Game de Greg Iles (VictoriaPL)
  4. 00
    The Color of Law de Mark Gimenez (JenniferRobb)
    JenniferRobb: Grisham has several books that deal with racial prejudice in the South, especially when it relates to trials. This is the one whose title I could remember offhand. Gimenez uses some of the same ideas with some of the antagonists in this book that Grisham uses.… (més)
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    The Help de Kathryn Stockett (citygirl)
    citygirl: The ugliness of small-town Mississippi in racial matters wrapped in a compelling, page-turning story.
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"A Time to Kill" is a riveting story of retribution and justice ... so does the title imply. Replace riveting by frustrating and you know what I felt while reading this doorstopper of a book.

On more than 500 pages, John Grisham delves deep into the schemes and entanglements of a trial in the Southern USA. The premise was so interesting that it was impossible not to pick this book up: A ten-year-old girl is raped by two drunken men, and her father takes the law into his own hands by killing the rapists of his daughter. The major problem in this case: The girl and her father are black, and the two rapists are white. If there is one thing Grisham manages to implement perfectly in his story, then it is the exploration of arguments about why the father should be sentenced to death or declared innocent as a result of the circumstances. The reader always bears in his mind how the jury would be reacting in case the roles were reversed - if two black men had raped a white girl of ten years -, but the fact that acquitting the father of his crime would encourage many other people to commit self-administered justice too also needs to be taken into account.

Might this premise deliver storytelling material for so many pages? Yes, it might. Only ... it didn't. Shortly after Gary Su Jake Brigance assumed his duty of defending his client, the novel drifted away into long-winded, boring and insignificant rambling. Many people claim this story to be very realistic for how the situation for black people in Mississippi during the 1980's was like. I have never lived there, so I have no idea how real it really was, but the way Jake Brigance acted and behaved definitely did not feel realistic to me. Because who doesn't get royally dunk three days before an important trial? Never before have I been that frustrated by a protagonist who behaved like an asshole towards his wife and just about everyone else he encountered, but was still portrayed like the absolute hero. Throw an incapable prosecutor into the game to make Brigance's light shine even brighter, and you have the perfect Grisham version of Fleming's James Bond.

And let's not even address the lack of emotions during the entire novel. You might think that a ten-year-old girl being raped by two drunken men will leave you feeling sorry for her and her family, on the edge of shedding tears? I have to disappoint you, because Grisham's writing deprives every single emotion from every potentially touching scene. You never know how a character feels inside his soul, because Grisham only tells, only allows his reader to guess what his characters might feel at this very moment.

1.5 stars, rounded up due to the interesting premise and the very relevant topic down due to me reconsidering the relevance of the rating system Goodreads suggests (1 star equaling "didn't like it").

Also, just to clarify things a bit: I didn't dislike the story; the plot was extremely interesting to me and had so much potential, must of which was explored vividly in a very tight and well-structured novel. I also really liked the film adaptation; it may not be a masterpiece, but it's a very well-adapted movie. My main source of frustration is the writing, so in the end I guess I just can't get into John Grisham's writing style, even though I would appreciate the contents of his novels. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
Listened to about 15 minutes and it was too graphic and negative for me right now. Think I'm going to pass on this one. Wish I hadn't listened to as much as I did.
  MBTC | Jul 9, 2022 |
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  archivomorero | Jun 25, 2022 |
Too drawn out at the beginning. The last 150 pages were better. ( )
  soosthemoose | Apr 22, 2022 |
Better than the movie in spots? Yes. Extra characters, more exposition, more explanation, et cetera. Not as good as the movie in spots? Yes. Brigance's closing is different, better in the film. The happy ending? Better in the film. Odd changes in the film? Sure. Redheaded Roark in the book becomes brunette Sandra Bullock in the film. Okay. But, overall, a good book, and probably Grisham's magnum opus, despite his prodigious and sometimes, I hear, good books since then. This is the only one I ever desire to read, really. Good plot, characterization, good writing. In my younger days, based on the movie, I was pro-vigilante and thus pro Carl Lee. As I age, however, I question my outright support for the vigilante act in the book and film. What if a white father had done it to black suspects? Would the liberals in the book be so sanguine? Now, don't get me wrong: in flagrante delicto, murder 'em. But planning it after the fact? I guess I'll never know unless I live in the guy's shoes. Anyway... a good book. ( )
  tuckerresearch | Apr 22, 2022 |
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Defert, DominiqueTraductionautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Before "The Firm" and "The Pelican Brief" made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice -- at last it's available in a Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence...as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town...Clanton, Mississippi. The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young man. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle -- and takes justice into his own outraged hands. For 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 life...and then his own... "From the Hardcover edition."

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