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Ford County I picked Ford County up to listen to as I was traveling to a conference Interestingly enough, I have not read any other John Grisham novels, but this appealed to me because it consisted of short stories I like listening to short stories because you can listen for short blocks of time and take a rest without forgetting necessary details to keep you in the plot as with listening to a novel.Ford County consists of seven short stories set in and around Clanton, Mississippi The stories are rather dark in nature and few of the characters likeable Normally, I wouldn t have appreciated the concoction of rough characters displayed with little chance of redemption, but I ended up being captivated It may have been, in part, due to John Grisham s way of telling the stories His southern accent and folksy presentation style leave you feeling you are sitting on a front porch somewhere listening to him tell his favorite stories Grisham is obviously engaged himself by the To sum up Depressing Grisham should stick to full length novels.Grisham 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 visit.Grisham 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 escape.Unfortunately, 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 consequences 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 forever.3 Quiet, dull Sidney, a data collector for an insurance company, perfects his blackjack skil 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 count.Now, 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 thou 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 quite a collection of characters Some rather dull and normal, others quirky 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 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 quite 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 v 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 Quiet 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 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 Kill After 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 stories.Grisham pushes his boundaries as a writer, offering up stories that offer humor, pathos and character building The requisite 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 Ford County is a book of seven short stories, some better than others Although nothing very much happens in any of them, it was still an enjoyable read. 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 all,a 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, Quiet 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 brough Worldwide No.1 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 Converge.From A Hard Drinking, Downtrodden Divorce Lawyer Looking For Pay Dirt, To A Manipulative Death Row Inmate With One Last Plea, FordCounty Features A Vivid Cast Of Attorneys, Crooks, Hustlers, And Convicts Through Their Stories He Paints A Unique Picture Of Lives Lived And Lost In Mississippi.Completely Gripping, Frequently Moving And Always Entertaining, FordCounty Brims With The Same Page Turning Quality And Heart Stopping Drama Of His Previous Bestsellers, And Is Proof Once Why John Grisham Is Our Most Popular Storyteller.


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, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby writing his first novel.Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of


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