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  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • Ford County
  • John Grisham
  • English
  • 07 October 2014
  • 9780099547938

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Ford CountyA sporadic and eclectic mix of dark and miserable storytelling made all the better for me as it was narrated by Mr Grisham himself A shadow was cast over every thought This town of Clanton seems just horrible A mix of disparate and dark characters with storylines combined My favourite without a doubt was the last story of the lovely man suffering from HIV and the selfless lady who cared for him It was a short story collection where there was not necessarily a clear ending and I think this was the point Maybe this was a lesson on realism Or pessimism Mr Grisham sounds like Barack Obama short and to the point I like listening to both; clear and articulate Most of the way through I was thinking of the past President's style of speech I could listen all day The author is not a performer but did well with his odd storylines that did not have any tangible endings Really uite odd but very doable Worldwide No1 bestseller John Grisham takes you into the heart of America's Deep South with a collection of stories connected by the life and crimes of Ford County a place of harsh beauty where broken dreams and final wishes convergeFrom a hard drinking downtrodden divorce lawyer looking for pay dirt to a manipulative death row inmate with one last plea Ford County features a vivid cast of attorneys crooks hustlers and convicts Through their stories he paints a uniue picture of lives lived and lost in MississippiCompletely gripping freuently moving and always entertaining Ford County brims with the same page turning uality and heart stopping drama of his previous bestsellers and is proof once why John Grisham is our most popular storyteller John Grisham has been exploring genres other than legal thrillers and Ford County is on similar lines A collection of short stories featuring a memorable cast of characters living in Ford County Each story takes place within Ford County some in Clanton in alla wonderful compilation of stories ; all enlightening interesting amusing and sad The book contains 7 short stories Blood Drive Fetching Raymond Fish Files Casino Michael's Room uiet Haven Funny Boy From a bizarre road trip with lots of dark humour to an emotional story about a family visiting a death row convict From amusing con jobs to a touching story of a terminally ill young man abandoned by his family this book explores extraordinary stories of ordinary people all brought to life by brilliant storytelling It makes you laugh it makes you sad keeps you entertained throughout This one is a true gem This book was so bad I couldn't finish it I normally have enjoyed every other Grisham book and can depend on them for good light entertainment and occasionally a very well done enlightening story Ford County must have been written because Grisham had a commitmment with his publisher to churn something out The book is a series of seven short stories abouth life in Ford County Mississippi the scene of an early Grisham novel I went through the first two stories and wondered; why did he bother writing this stuff The stories are not interesting they convey no message or idea other than that the characters are not very sympathetic or likeable rednecks The endings didn't seem to have any object or finality to them other than the author had reached his alloted page countNow I have to confess that I read this book as an audio book I didn't realize that Grisham was going to be the reader until I had started listening to it What a disaster Maybe the book was better than it sounded Whatever cornpone southern authenticity he thought he would give it by reading it himself was completely sabotaged by his ineptness as a reader His voice was monotonic and lacked any inflection or drama to it His speech was so halting that it seemed he was inserting commas after every three or four words Certainly Grisham wasn't trying to make money for himselfThere should be a law against authors reading their own work Seldom do they catch the voice of their characters as a good professional reader can doI see all the other 4 5 reviews of this book in Goodreads and am left wondering Is it me or is it Mex As most reader's know Grisham is the master of the legal thriller Surprise surprise He is also a very talented storyteller What a delight this collection of short stories was He takes us to Ford County Mississippi where we are introduced to uite a collection of characters Some rather dull and normal others uirky and pretty extreme all of them with an odd story to share His words flow and paint the picture of these folks as they struggle with whatever curveball life has thrown them The stories are sad humorous and rather bizarre all rolled into one Did I like many of the characters No but I was fascinated by their stories He hits upon some difficult subjectsgreed cheating deceit death and points a finger at many things wrong in todays society This put Grisham in a whole different light for me One that I found very flattering 45 stars I haven't read any other John Grisham novels but I've heard enough about him to make me intrigued So when I've stumbled upon this book I've decided to give it a shot and I am really glad I did It was fabulous I didn't know short stories could be entertaining and profound John Grisham really knows how to tell a storyThe book is a collection of 7 short stories Blood Drive Fetching Raymond Fish Files Casino Michael's Room uiet Haven and Funny Boy Each one brings out a certain emotion amusement sadness suspense intrigue and anger I can't decide which one is my favorite since I liked all of them In conclusion this was an enjoyable book To sum up Depressing Grisham should stick to full length novelsGrisham's first book of short stories set in Ford County 1 Wheelchair bound Inez Graney and her two older sons Leon and Butch take a bizarre road trip through the Mississippi Delta to visit the youngest Graney brother Raymond who's been locked away on death row for eleven years It could well be their last visitGrisham seems to have a particular obsession with death row cases I just concluded The Chamber where he makes a strong case for abolition This story reveals the reality of the shock of imminent death as the bravado is stripped away and panic sets in 2 Mack Stafford a hard drinking and low grossing run of the mill divorce lawyer gets a miracle phone call with a completely unexpected offer to settle some old forgotten cases for money than he has ever seen Mack is suddenly bored with the law fed up with his wife and his life and makes drastic plans to finally escapeUnfortunately this story could easily be true It shows how the promise of instant wealth corrupts the human heart resulting in mindless decisions that will have lasting conseuences The Bible tells us that to work for our money is a good thing and results in satisfaction Riches gained in this manner will never fulfill and life always catches up with us in the end We cannot escape forever3 uiet dull Sidney a data collector for an insurance company perfects his blackjack skills in hopes of bringing down the casino empire of Clanton's most ambitious hustler Bobby Carl Leach who among other crimes has stolen Sidney's wifeA somewhat far fetched tale involving the intricacies of gambling at a high level Unfortunately the moral of Grisham's story seems to be that gambling does payHowever the story also demonstrates that the grass is never greener on the other side for very long and that we would do better to be content in our circumstances Also a biblical principle4 Three good ol' boys from rural Ford County begin a journey to the big city of Memphis to give blood to a grievously injured friend However they are unable to drive past a beer store as the trip takes longer and longer The journey comes to an abrupt end when they make a fateful stop at a Memphis strip clubThis was a sleazy tale of lust and debauchery that was beneath Grisham There is graphic sexual detail and violence It does however expose the dangers both of excessive drinking and of peer pressurepack mentality violence and crime The story also reveals the shallow level of a lot of people's relationships and that their claims to love and care for each other are only valid until superseded by something that's important to them This ties in with the unreliability of people generally and the way they drop their commitments immediately on sighting something appealing to do with their time or money 5 The uiet Haven Retirement Home is the final stop for the elderly of Clanton It's a sad languid place with little controversy until Gilbert arrives Posing as a low paid bedpan boy he is in reality a brilliant stalker with an uncanny ability to sniff out the assets of those seniors he professes to loveAnother sleazy tale of pornography and the corruption of an old man in a nursing home Sadly this tale was also somewhat believable and shows how easy it would potentially be for staff to prey on the vulnerable However people who engage in this type of appalling crime are forgetting one thing God is watching and there will be a Judgement Day6 One of the hazards of litigating against people in a small town is that one day long after the trial you will probably come face to face with someone you've beaten in a lawsuit Lawyer Stanley Wade bumps into an old adversary a man with a long memory and the encounter becomes a violent ordealThe saddest of the tales with a somewhat ambiguous ending I would have liked to see whether the encounter made any difference in the long run This could potentially have been turned into a full length novel There is some graphic violence It was probably the most compelling of the stories It demonstrates the corruption that can be at the heart of the criminal justice system and the impact this can have on real victims needing medical care As a Christian I trust that God will deal will the injustice people in these situations have suffered It was the only way I could do my job as a police officer on some days7 Clanton is rocked with the rumor that the gay son of a prominent family has finally come home to die Of AIDS Fear permeates the town as gossip runs unabated But in Lowtown the colored section of Clanton the young man finds a soul mate in his final daysAnother tragic tale about the AIDS virus and the stigma that surrounded it in rural communities Grisham paints a depressing picture as a young man lives out his last days This story was the most difficult for me to swallow as a Christian Grisham claims to be a Christian too yet in this story he has a woman being effectively cast out of her church for befriending this dying man The dying man who makes it clear that he has no faith and isn't interested in God is then reported to be eternally at rest So in one short story Grisham has destroyed both the possibility of the church being a place of help and hope for people in need and the importance of dying souls finding forgiveness of sin before they meet God and are judged He instead suggests that everyone goes to heaven I fear for Grisham who has such wide spread influence when he speaks authoritatively through his writings in areas that conflict with clear biblical teaching I cannot recommend this book due to the sexual content swearing that usual and some graphic violence More significantly though I feel that the final story presents a hopeless situation with no remedy apart from a false idea about death But in reality there is always hope if we turn to Jesus in repentance and faithCheck out my John Grisham Shelf A collection of seven short stories I bought it with high expectations Didn't live up to it The first one Blood Drive is about three people volunteering to go to the city to donate blood to one of the residents of Ford County This is a funny account of their misadventures Fetching Raymond is about a family of three a mother and her two sons visiting their third son in prison This is somewhat a tragic story including Michael'sRoom Fish Files is about a down and out lawyer prospecting for a fortune by cheating his clients It was kind of boring I liked Casino uiet Haven but the last one Funny Boy simply takes the cake It is a beautiful story about how a young white man dying of AIDS ends up in a black township near Clanton and is looked after by a black lady after being abandoned by his family The protagonist is not the character in the stories but Ford county itself Its residents are depicted as racists bigots misogynists petty thieves creepy crooked lawyers and gold diggers I think this is the first book of its kind where the author has delved into short stoy format But I liked Archer's stories than Grisham's Happy reading for folks interested in reading short stories Nothing great about it Maybe for Grisham fans only At the end of this collection of stories the reader is left with a deep unsettling ambivalence On the one hand Grisham wields a sense of place and of language with a confidence that’s hard to beat He places his characters in memorable finely wrought settings he gives them richly evoked material to work with he writes dialogue that has the ring of truth to it And then he observes those characters as they move live and mostly suffer with a chilly anthropological detachment and emotional distance that’s initially distracting and by the end of the book has become nearly an embarrassment At every moment Grisham seems intent on reminding the reader that he’s not “one of them”; he writes with a sense of social distance that would probably raise eyebrows if his subjects were some other ethnic or regional group and not largely white southerners In short Grisham observes He’s uite a good observer as it turns out but as a writer he’s simply not implicated Grisham also has the bad habit of creating intriguing plots compelling characters and seductive settings—and then ending every story with a whimper A few are very nearly shaggy dog stories a complicated set up for an unsatisfying pay off Since he does it in every story it’s clearly a style he has adopted deliberately No doubt some readers won’t be troubled by the clinical cast of Grisham’s narratives and will appreciate his way of picking up a story carrying it for a while and then setting it down again without having handled it much For me the lack of empathy and the absence of resolution were eually discomfiting John Grisham heads back to his literary roots of Ford County For those of you who don't recall or didn't read the dust jacket Ford County is the setting for his first and possibly best book A Time to KillAfter a disappointing legal thriller for his last new book it's nice to see Grisham get back to the business of storytelling again with this collection of short storiesGrisham pushes his boundaries as a writer offering up stories that offer humor pathos and character building The reuisite lawyer gone wrong story is in the book but Grisham makes the caper nature of what the guy is doing compelling and interesting enough and the story doesn't overstay its welcome The best stories are those that bookend the collection The first about three guys heading to Memphis to donate blood to a local but who end up getting side tracked by a run in with the law beer and then a Memphis strip club is wonderfully done and at times hysterical funny The final story about a man with AIDs returning to town for his final days will put a lump in your throat and stay with you long past the final page being turnedIf you've given up on Grisham you might want to come back for this one


About the Author: John Grisham

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller he was working 60 70 hours a week at a small Southaven Mississippi law practice sueezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novelBorn on February 8 1955 in Jonesboro Arkansas to a construction worker and a homemaker John Grisham as a child dreamed of