Book Review

Book Review: The Testament By John Grisham

For those who read a lot of books written by international writers, John Grisham is a household name. The book, The Testament is another book of his, around the subject of legal matters.

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The Testament is about a man, Troy Phelan who is a self-made billionaire and one of the richest men in the United States. He is tired of life, his money and plans his death but not without leaving a will which six children and three ex-wives anticipate earnestly.

Rachel Lane is a young missionary in the deep Brazilian Jungles, living among the native Indians, she wants nothing to do with the modern world and all it offers and has embraced so tightly, the life she lives, but unknown to her, fate just might have other plans.

From Troy Phelan, the billionaire who acquired his wealth through hard work and too much of it that he neglected his family, ended up marrying three different times, and did not pay much attention to the bringing up of his children, to Rachel Lane, his illegitimate daughter to whom he has willed all of his wealth, by-passing six children and three ex-wives who are hell-bent on contesting the will. Racheal Lane, on the other hand, would have nothing to do with either her father’s wealth or the will because of her calling and principles. This book questions a man’s quest for riches, fame and material possessions. At the end, it re-affirms the statement that “all is vanity”.

In this book, Legal suspense was mixed with a lot of adventure. I was taken on a journey from the U.S to the deep jungles of Brazil and learnt a little about the cultures of the primitive Indians that abide there, so much so that I can describe to anybody like I was there. While I enjoyed each sitting of the legal battle, I thought some pages describing the deep jungles of Brazil dragged a little.

All the same, it was a story well told.

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