I’m pretty convinced that there are authors that everyone has that they refuse to try. Like I never see myself reading a Danielle Steele novel. Not my style. From what I know anyway. Until recently, John Grisham was on that list. I don’t know why. Maybe because he was too overrated? I don’t know. Just never went to him. I’m not sure how it happened but I have a copy of The Last Juror by John Grisham. The theory that I have this book because I bought it at a book sale or store and I thought that I should expand my tastes. That’s the only way I can see that I had bought it.
I decided to read this book the other night. Like I was running out of books…..yeah. I did read the back a while ago and set it aside to read it soon. So it wasn’t like it was never on the list. I don’t regret reading this book. It was decent.
At first I didn’t get why Callie was in the story or such a big part of the story. I was very mistrusting of the author. I can’t help it, it’s what I do. Sometimes I’m mistrusting of where an author is going. It’s like I think I know better than the author and know how it’s going to end. I do that. I get cocky and be like ‘I know better than you author….haha’. The author proved me wrong. I didn’t fully expect the ending. But at the same time I kind of did. The crazy lawyer had to be in the book for a reason.
I was very aware that this was the 1970’s. It was mentioned a lot weather it was actually telling us and the narrator talking about his long hair and his still hippie clothes or it was talking about cultural things like having a race thing with Callie on the jury. I was kind of interested in the laws of the time. Grisham does say at the end of the book that he distorts the law but they do talk about a law in the book that life in prison was really 10 years in Mississippi. This also made me think about media’s involvement in trials. It made me think about how the media affects trials today. Media is very involved in the legal system. It’s on different levels depending on what goes on and who’s involved like if it’s on a national level or a local level.
Sometimes I forgot who people were. Like I forgot the previous editor’s real name and only figured it out like 2 pages later if it didn’t mention his nickname. Looking back, I realize that there was a lot of backstory. Like you got the backstory of the paper and of Callie and the Padgitts. At the time, I didn’t notice how much there was. But it gives you an idea of the people. Which is important because without the people there is no story. But it was the little details that I think made the book better.
This is a random thing but I was just talking about how since I’ve been come back that I will notice Hungarian things in life, actually more in literature than anything. This book has one Hungarian and he dresses the editor nicely.
So the last couple nights, I have been very anxious about being alone in the house. And it’s only been very recently. Days are fine but it gets dark and I’m not okay. It’s like I feel like someone else is in the house. At first I was like, it’s because it’s October and Halloween is coming up. But then I really figured it out. My television isn’t working right. I don’t have it hooked up to cable or anything so all I have to listen to is DVD’s or VHS’s an let’s face it, as lovely as VHS’s are, I don’t watch them often. And on my other television in my room, is now skipping DVDs. I’m not a fan. So there’s a lot of silence in my house. A LOT OF SILENCE! So I’m fully aware of how empty the house is. Of course I’m going to start imagining things, start thinking I feel things around. So that’s that.
I also went to a library’s book sale. It was rather large and I was in heaven. The way they did it was they weighed it and charged you a dollar a pound for books and then they use it to buy new books for the library. I got 21 books for $18. I did go and get 2 regular priced books but that’s not the point. I got a lot of books for cheap. I also decided that I will teach myself how to hand quilt. So I got supplies for that. I also got together with someone I’ve known since college who also lived overseas. It was nice to see her and talk because she gets how it is coming back.