√ You roll the dice, sometimes you lose.
Title: Sycamore Row
Author: John Grisham, Copyright 2013, 447 pages.
In Sycamore Row, John Grisham returns to the setting and the unforgettable characters of A Time to Kill (my favorite among his novels)
Six days ago I picked this Sycamore Row from the small library of the Lolo and Lolas, I knew this is a new one because it’s been coming on my inbox from Barnes and Noble (oh and that reminds me, to renew or not to renew my membership, hehe) from my last post about depression I mentioned how coincidence it was with the sad news about Robin Williams, since this book started with how an old man ended his life; suicide. A very sad reality that’s happening, let me say it again- depression is real, I wish for all of us not to ignore it and ask for help :) and offer help to those we know who are suffering from depression.
Today, I heard the President talked about Michael Brown, a black young man killed by an officer. It’s kind of related with this book because once again Grisham tackled the story (not a history, I wish it’s just a history now, a thing of the past) BUT up until now issues among black and white still somehow stain our society.
“While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving in to that anger by looting or carrying guns and even attacking the police only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos. It undermines rather than advancing justice,” Obama said.
Just like the ending of this book which I think was good on both sides of people involved I wish for them to have peace in Ferguson, Missouri.
Looking back on the book’s story- it’s an engaging although I kind of got bored on some fillers whatever that means to you :) fillers like the husband of Leticia Lang maybe there’s a lesson in there; do not drive under the influence of alcohol/drugs. I obviously hate his character but from his share of story in the novel emerged my most favorite part of the story that is when the parents of two young boys forgave him from driving drunk that eventually took the lives of two promising boys. Oh if only we FORGIVE and FORGET.
From page 277.
Are you a Christian, Jake?
“I am. Sometimes more of one than others, but i’m trying.”
“I thought so. In the sixth chapter of the Gospel of Luke, Jesus teaches the importance of forgiveness.He knows we’re human and our natural tendency is to seek revenge, to strike back, to condemn those who hurt us, but this is wrong. We’re supposed to forgive
From this book you will learn how a case is being managed by lawyers, judge, and juries. You will learn terms like holographic will and testamentary capacity of which I googled to understand it more :) say hello to wikipedia.
HOLOGRAPHIC WILL is a will and testament that has been entirely handwritten and signed by the testator. Traditionally, a will must be signed by witnesses attesting to the validity of the testator’s signature and intent, but in many jurisdictions, holographic wills that have not been witnessed are treated equally to witnessed wills and need only to meet minimal requirements in order to be probated.
*The Guinness Book of World Records lists The shortest will in the world as “Vše ženě,” (Czech, “everything to wife“), written on the bedroom wall of a man who realized his imminent demise and made a swift attempt to distribute his chattels before expiring. It clearly meets the minimum requirements, being his own work and no one else’s. On 8 June 1948 in Saskatchewan, Canada, a farmer named Cecil George Harris who had become trapped under his own tractor carved a will into the tractor’s fender. It read, “In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo. Harris.” The fender was probated and stood as his will. The fender is currently on display at the law library of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law.
Is it worth it? YES! read this book and be inspired by the characters “story of my life”
I think highly of Portia, the daughter of a black woman who works as a housekeeper/caregiver and an alcoholic, irresponsible, immature man. She did her best to get out of a complicated family situation, traveled the world, studied different languages, entered military. When she went home to help her family, she maintained her respect to her father and most of all she didn’t stop pursuing her dreams- she has ambitions in life one of which is to become a lawyer.
Jake Brigance, the remarkable lawyer of “A Time to kill” I like his dedication to his profession and not forgetting the importance of his family.
Be polite, Be concise, Don’t volunteer. If you don’t know, then you don’t know. Remember the camera catches everything and I’ll be right beside you for protection.
Happy reading people.
08182014 Monday, Southern Cali.
a time to kill is still my favorite JG book.