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The Chamber

written by Sudheer Satyanarayana on 2011-05-05

I've been reading many books authored by John Grisham these days. Theodore Boone was an enjoyable read. Then I tried to read Playing For Pizza. That's the only John Grisham book I didn't like. I read about half and gave up. I even threw the book in the old newspaper lot at home. I wouldn't be surprised if someone else wrote the book and inscribed John Girsham's name on the cover. It was that bad.

A few years ago, I had read The Brethren and The Client. I was impressed. John Grisham suddenly secured a spot in my list of favorite authors. A few months ago, there was a book sale going on near to our office. I bought two sets. The first one had two novels packed together, The Firm and The Pelican Brief. Unfortunately, my brother lost that book in a train. The only fortunate thing about it is he had at least read The Firm before losing the book. A few days later, The Firm was broadcast on television. We watched it. Yet another movie in which Tom Cruise has played a lawyer. I don't know whether I will ever buy those books again. The other book set I bought contains two novels, The Chamber and The Rainmaker.

The Chamber was a fascinating read. I was hooked on to it till 2:00 AM and 3:00 AM the last few days. The book was on my mind throughout the week. Heck, the protagonist even appeared in my dreams.

The novel is a gripping narration involving the gas chamber, capital punishment, Ku Klux Klan and of course lawyers. I'm sure everyone, at some point has thought about capital punishment. Is it the right thing to do? Tit for tat? This is one of those subjects that makes me indecisive. After reading the story, I have been pondering over the matter. At the moment, I am leaning towards being against death penalties. What's your opinion?

After reading the book, I'm so full of praise for John Griasham, that I want to read all his works. Except Playing For Pizza. John Grisham has written twenty four books so far. Practically speaking, it will take a long time, really really long time to read all twenty four titles. When I started reading books my goal was to read one hundred books. That seemed to be a very good thing to accomplish. After a few years, I had read one hundred books. It was time to raise the bar. I decided to read one thousand books. After reading a blog post by Google Books, I have decided not to raise the bar again. Because there are 129,864,880 books on earth.

The Chamber deserves a good rating. I'm giving it four stars!