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The Firm

My Thoughts on the John Grisham Novel The Firm

Short Synopsis: The Firm is about recent Harvard Law graduate, Mitchell McDeere. He takes the perfect job at a law firm called Bendini, Lambert and Locke. They offer him a huge salary and everything his heart desires: a new home, a BMW, paid off student loans, exotic vacations and much more. He and his wife Abby think they’ve landed in heaven and are on their way. But then Mitch starts to notice strange things happening at work and is approached by an FBI agent, wanting information about the firm! Mitch is then forced to make decisions that will change his families lives forever.

This was my first John Grisham novel and based off of this book, I plan on reading more of his work.

I enjoy his writing style, it feels natural and unforced and the characters seemed authentic and real.

This book was first published in 1991 and has been greatly praised. It’s no secret that the law firm is involved with “the mob,” it’s even in the description on the back cover. But I think that killed some of the fun for me. I wish I wouldn’t have known because leading up to that point, I felt the book wasn’t that interesting. I just wanted to hurry and get to the part when they reveal to the reader that some shady things are going on. It doesn’t take too long to get into the secret room to hear them talk about their illegal dealings. From that point on I really enjoyed reading The Firm. 

I don’t know much about how law firms work so whenever the lawyer lingo happened I got a little lost. I finally got the hang of it though and it didn’t affect my understanding of the story.

Even though the big shock of finding out he was working for a law firm that conducted illegal business was not there for me. The journey of Mitch and Abby is what kept me going. Wondering how they would get out of the no win situation.

If you are looking for an easy read, that keeps you turning pages, I give The Firm 4 briefcases.

My thoughts on the movie:

This book was made into a movie in 1993 starring Tom Cruise. Before I read the book, I didn’t know it was Tom who played Mitch in the movie. I purposefully didn’t look so that I could let my own imagination create the characters.

Let me tell you, when I pulled up IMDB and saw Tom Cruise as the star…I was unsatisfied! I didn’t picture anyone like Tom Cruise at all! Then when I watched the movie, I was even more unsatisfied. I’m not a Tom Cruise hater or anything, he just wasn’t who my mind saw fit to be there. I was thinking someone a little more like Armie Hammer. 

Isn’t it neat and interesting how our imaginations work and develop characters on their own as we read along in a book? I don’t know why my mind pictures characters certain ways, they just appear in my mind that way! It’s amazing!

My husband and I did get a kick out of the movie because apparently they must have not spent too much money getting a good composer…they use this weird piano music all throughout the movie! It almost gets distracting and comical at points! I really wasn’t impressed with the movie version. The book is a lot better.

Have you read the firm or any of John Grisham’s work? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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