The Reckoning: A Novel Audio CD – Import, 23 October 2018
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“John Grisham is not only the master of suspense but also an acute observer of the human condition. And these remarkable skills converge in The Reckoning—an original, gripping, penetrating novel that may be his greatest work yet.”
—David Grann, New York Times bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon
“John Grisham is the master of legal fiction, and his latest starts with a literal bang — and then travels backward through the horrors of war to explore what makes a hero, what makes a villain, and how thin the line between the two might be.”
—Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Spark of Light and Small Great Things
“In this saga of love and war, John Grisham has given us a sprawling and engrossing story about a southern family, a global conflict, and the kinds of secrets that can shape all of us. From the courtrooms and jails of rural Mississippi to the war-torn Pacific, Grisham spins a tale that is at once entertaining and illuminating.”
—Jon Meacham, New York Times bestselling author of The Soul of America
“When a master of storytelling and suspense takes on one of the most wrenching stories in history, the result is a book that will break your heart, set your blood pumping and your mind racing, and leave you gasping for breath by the final page. I’m still trying to recover from The Reckoning.”
–Candice Millard, New York Times bestselling author of The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic
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- Item Weight : 386 g
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525639251
- Product dimensions : 12.73 x 3.94 x 14.86 cm
- Publisher : Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (23 October 2018)
- Language: : English
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For an author who churns out novel after novel (starting from January 1st every year and ending by July 31st), it was only to be expected.
While Grisham’s s 40th novel has some messages, albeit meant to be interpreted in your own way, it’s a decent read.
It’s also the saddest novel Grisham has ever written, which is unusual as every story of his ends with some hope.
In India, we will identify with the conclusion, which is based on Karma.
It’s also Grisham’s most ambitious novel, different from what he normally writes ( this is deliberate, I feel) and at this stage in life, he can afford to be experimental.
The first part (there are three main parts in this 500 plus page novel) starts with a crime, a per-medicated murder: since this is the 40s America: the murder is shocking when one looks at the race and the social status of the victim and the murderer.
Why would a respected war hero cold-bloodily gun down the local pastor?
That’s the central mystery , mentioned on the book’s flap.
The explanation(s) comes only in the last ten pages.
While the first start is deft with the vintage Grisham narration (good and bad lawyers, greedy lawyers, families torn apart, small-town prejudices, sibling love, racism and of course, the courtroom drama) and his choice of words that helps the predictable story spring along, effortlessly, to its conclusion; it’s the second part, a flashback, dealing with the horrors the Japanese inflicted on the Americans and the Filipinos, in the Second World War, that is so monotonous and dreary, not unlike a history book.
There is so much violence, sentence after sentence, that one becomes numb to it.
However, Grisham wants you to see the bigger picture and the violence is present for a reason.
it is Grisham’s understated manner in driving home a point that a person is capable of enduring tremendous physical pain as long as he has something to look forward to at the end of an ordeal, in this case, his home and family.
If those very reasons let him down: there is nothing in life to look forward to.
The third part comes back to the present, where the first ended, and picks up again to its tepid end.
Grisham shows that a momentary weakness, however justified it may have been at that time,, can set a chain of events that can be devastating for the family, and for generations to come.
Can one love someone without forgiveness?
Grisham thinks so.
Sometimes, silence can be the best weapon ( and maybe, the only one) against hurt, even if has to involve a loss of life (or two) and the reverberations felt generations after.
The logic of the main protagonist’s actions may be flawed but understandable, to an extent.
Recommended for Grisham fans.
Sorry Mr.Grisham its a story without much substance but you have nevertheless got us glued till the last wondering why he did it- though a bit of a damp squib it turned out to be.
There is nothing trademark grisham in this book..no edge of seat plot, no twist and turns, no cutting wit ..nothing u associate with grisham
Now, I am convinced that Grisham's books are ghost written by some rookie writers and grisham is just lending his name for a fat fee. Pl avoid this book.
This is not the grisham i know. This is not the grisham i am so fond off.. terribly disappointed
The reckoning by John Grisham
Spoilers- The only spoiler is why and for that you must read this small print 500 pages diary!
So the most favourite Son of a farming town gets up calmly one fine day and Shoots the most respected Minister. That's not the spoiler! That's even given in the back cover! Now rummage though 500 pages to read why!
If an act of passion is your answer and everyone else's from the very beginning of the book then you are in for a double shock!
The setting is a cotton producing town during the black and white and world war II era.
Since it's John Grisham, rest assured that you will be treated to a detailed retelling of the process and procedures of the court and since it is set more than 50 years back it's different to say the least!
With shades of his earlier work like Time to kill and more recently, the confession this one takes gloom and despair to bigger levels. Not one page has even a lasting moment of happiness or hope. The gloom reminds me of both Camino island and Rooster bar. John Grisham has decided to be melancholic and it shows as you slowly turn the pages of this tear jerker.
The description of the exploits of America and Japanese during the war though sad and brutal has been executed in the style of Ken Follett! And that's a great thing since John Usually sticks to get court and lawyers! The end note by him mentions couple of books on this and am guessing that's his source material!
It's always a challenge to read such Book where not the whodunit but why did he or she do it is the thing which is racking your brain and giving you insomnia!
If you want to save yourself the torture then you can just skip to the last two pages which will give you your answer! Or you can just enjoy the journey rather than worry too much about the destination!
My only concern was that John gave more than 500 pages for mundane things and I was scared whether just two pages of climax was enough! Thank you for not leaving us Murakamised! (I have invented this term for novels mostly written by Murakami with surreal endings!!)
In the recent times I had like Street lawyer which was like the Lincoln lawyer and The Writing guidelines in Camino Island was real cool.
This one may not have been his best but it certainly ranks better than his works like Gray mountain or The Confession. But the charm of his earlier works like The Firm or Runaway Jury or The king of Torts is missing.
Regular Grishamites can lap it up while the others can take the short cut and read the first and the last chapters!
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However, nothing prepared me for this utter load of rubbish! The storyline is incredibly weak, the characters are boring & the ending left me completely devoid of emotion, save a feeling of bewilderment that Grisham's pursuit of money should convince him to turn out such a sorry tale.
Take a couple of years off John, have a good vacation & then decide whether or not it's time to retire.
The first part covers the slaying of the local minister by Pete, head of an old southern family of cotton planters. with the reason for the killing never disclosed . I was hooked after a couple of pages. Why did he do it and why won't he put up a defence.
. The second part is his experience in the Pacific theatre of WW11 including the hellish Bataan death march. This is a different subject for Mr. G and it is thoroughly researched, skilfully written and gripping. Some other reviewers find this section too long and far too gruesome . To them I say that it happened and like the Nazi concentration camps should not be forgotten. Thank you John Grisham for reminding us of man's inhumanity to man and the grit and courage of those who survived.
The third section is the next generation and the aftermath of the murder trial . Again beautifully written and holding me to the last page.