Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ford County Stories

I just realized that I like novels better than short stories. :D I just think short stories don't get to a really gripping climax and a crystal clear conclusion, but hey, they make for good reading. :D Anyway, the latest book I've finished reading is Ford County Stories by John Grisham. It is a collection of 7 short stories that make me want to think and reflect. This just shows why John Grisham is still one of my favorite authors. :D So, here's my take on the 7 short stories in the book.

"Blood Drive"
This story is just hilarious. :D It talks about how a rather small, harmless gossip can turn into a full-blown incident that can lead to a series of unfortunate events.

"Fetching Raymond"
This 2d story in the collection is just heart-breaking. It tells the story of how a convicted murderer on death row clings to hope in his own delusional way, just to end with the inevitable, his death.

"Fish Files"
This story is a thought-provoking one. It follows a lawyer fed up with his life who receives an unexpected phone call that he uses to escape his present life.

It just makes me think, "will you be happy to leave your old life behind, family and all, in exchange for a chance to build a new one with a fairly large sum of money?"

This seems like a far-fetched story. Hehe... :D Anyway, this story is about a guy who went out of his way to bring down a casino owner just to get his wife back.

Reflection: "Would you want your partner back after s/he left you for lack of excitement and when you know that s/he only wants you back because of your money/assets?"

"Michael's Room"
This story is my favorite in the collection. It follows a lawyer who gets taken by some people he went against in court a few years back. I don't know how to describe this story, but one line struck me hard, "Justice, or courtroom victory?"

Thought to be pondered on: "Is it enough to win (even though you're on the wrong side), or is the search for truth a more important goal?" (philosophy!! :D)

"Quiet Haven"
This is a funny story! :D The protagonist is someone who goes to nursing homes discreetly as an employee and tries to find victims there, like people to be sued or patients to be leeched from. And he succeeds!! :D

I think it is a satire that is trying to tell us to do our best to do the right thing because there might be people watching us and people who would know if we were doing bad things. :D

"Funny Boy"
This is another one of my favorites from this collection. It tackles the life of a boy from a prominent family who is gay. He then comes home to his hometown after living in the big city for a few years because he has AIDS and is about to die. It shows a situation where a person can find a family in the most unexpected of places when your own family wouldn't even want to have anything to do with you.

Overall, this book is a nice read. :D A thought-provoking and insightful book indeed. :D

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