March 29, 2012

Book: The Rainmaker by John Grisham

Filed under: Books — Tags: , , , , — krishnafromtoronto @ 9:11 am

Not to be confused with the Rain Man movie, of course.

The story revolves around Rudy Baylor, a young law student who is about to write his final year law exam, and is worried about whether he will get through his final exam and about where he will find a job.

When he undertakes a community service activity as a part of the law course, he ‘advises’, under the watchful eyes of his professor, some clients who are too poor to hire a lawyer of their own. One of them turns out to be a Mrs Bird, who confides in him that she is worth twelve million dollars!

Another of the clients is Donny Ray, who is dying of cancer. He needs a bone marrow transplant, and the insurance company, Great Benefit, does not grant, as it is not “covered by the policy”.

When Rudy Baylor finds that he has no job and that the only job he briefly managed to get was so that Mrs Bird’s case could be snatched away from him, he joins a shady underworld type lawyer who happened to dispense legal advise to the owner of the bar which he worked for part time.

When the pair also disappears, fleeing from the law, Rudy is once again on the streets, with the two cases he garnered from the charity work, and with an assistant who cannot pass the bar exam no matter how many times he has tried!

Now, this story is told in a humorous style, with a self deprecating undertone that very well describes the anxieties of a law student, the uncertainty about the future, and the disillusion that sets in when the ideals of the law as taught by his university clash with the realities of the lawyer’s life.

It is a great fun to read, and the major courtroom battle he embarks on is a lot of fun to read.

I did not like the ending, as I thought that it was a ‘cop out’ and did not fit the rest of the book, which was wonderful. A romantic interest seems to have been thrown in as an afterthought.

All in all, a nice read. I would recommend it as a first book to those of you who want to try out Grisham. (No Grisham fan would have missed this book, I bet).

So, I would give it a 7/10

— Krishna


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