But, all the same, when it got to be evening and, as far as he could see, no notice had been taken, he felt relieved in his mind, for he was a religious man. I read this book the first time when I was in high school. She knows how to make a story immediately leap to our attention and how to keep the reader rapt. It is very much a New England novel: liberal, understanding and so very complicated. Naomi loves protestors; she was one herself, in her younger days. A great oratory debate soon followed between Scratch and Daniel Webster.
I thought the book did a lovely job illustrating how in some rare cases race and political quagmires can be used to misrepresent and unfairly incite. First and foremost, I have to say I bought it because of its cover! I didn't even know Webster College was a place and I definitely didn't know about it's history and I didn't really feel interested in knowing it either. Scratch offers to tell Webster's fortune in his palm. This desire to end the institution was a mainspring of his support for the Union. This is an excellent novel, and I highly recommend it.
Webster mounts an ingenious defense. Critical thinking can get lost, in a passionate desire for equity. My professor assigned this story to be read near Halloween, and I wou I read this short story in my college English Literature class, and boy am I glad that this was included in the list of reading! The university is the institution that Korelitz knows well, in its modern form to be sure, but also in its monastic temperament. Webster, though I don't like to boast of it, my name is older in this country than yours. Zero comes to collect Peter's soul and Mike argues that they will take it to court to fight the contract. To create the creepy sound when Mr.
Benét attended Yale University where he published two collections of poetry, Five Men and Pompey 1915 , The Drug-Shop 1917. A bit of a disappointment from a talented author. The cuts were crudely done. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. And the biggest case he argued never got written down in the books, for he argued it against the devil, nip and tuck and no holds barred. It was cathartic somehow, reading about someone that had a stretch of bad days at work. It's also riddled with mind-bogglingly long run-on sentences stuffed with parentheses and ellipses and dashes.
I don't get what the message is supposed to be except that when there's controversy people can get carried away and not stop to think or verify the facts. Naomi's inner world — her story and friendships — could make up for some of this lack of theoretical heft, but as a character she's flat, blindsided by easily predictable events, and the relationships that take up much of her attention aren't well-developed. With his own soul now at risk, Webster proceeds to defend Jabez Stone, who is accused of breaching contract. He painted a picture of that, and to each one of that jury he spoke of things long forgotten. Originally published on my blog,. The novel is full of detail and is quite slow paced, but this culminates in a twist that shows how one situation can very suddenly turn into another one.
Wanting out of the deal, Stone convinces famous lawyer and orator Daniel Webster to accept his case. Most importantly, it is the campus itself that seems like a character in the book. Refreshingly, Korelitz has staked no political ground, and mocks the self-righteous left and self-righteous right with equal skill. Scratch would have known that as well, but was confident that his hand-picked jury would do his bidding. She doesn't know a lot of her staff, in fact.
There were some differences between the short story and the movie. He had come to steal the soul of Jabez Stone, claiming that he had a right to Jabez because of a legal contract. But by doing so, he has put his contract within the reach of the used in America, under which a jury can enter whatever verdict it likes, regardless of the law. This is all a shame, because while I liked the characters, dialogue and setting and enjoyed many of the turns of phrase e. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and Benét's siblings, William Rose and Laura, also became writers.
Indeed, at times, she wishes she could join them, to bring back the old days. What was she trying to say? The perspective is what makes this book so different from others. Naomi is an administrator first, and for all of her professed interest in learning, diversity, difference, and dissent, we don't see her thinking about any of these with particular insight. While the women are shopping, Jabez meets and becomes friends with famous New Hampshire Congressman and orator , a friend of his wife's family, and a widely loved figure who champions the cause of the poor farmers - although we learn that Webster himself is being tempted by Mr. His father had a wide appreciation for literature, and Benét's siblings, William Rose and Laura, also became writers.
Interesting to pick apart in a class room setting, yet still - a bit of a snooze. Zero to the stand and tells him that he did not give Peter the ability to play the harp and that it was within Peter the whole time due to his love for the harp. Took a star off because a few threads didn't quite link up and because the satire occasionally wasn't clea A scathing satire of the prevalence of self-righteousness and pseudo-oppression in college campus protest culture. It's also riddled with mind-bogglingly long run-on sentences stuffed with parentheses and ellipses and dashes. Zero then has Peter sign a which condemns him by promising his to Mr. And then try ten more : I was really looking forward to solving a crossword puzzle.
He puts it away and then , moving his gaze until he stops and looks straight ahead, giving the effect of singling out the viewer; Scratch then points directly at the viewer and smiles evilly as the film fades out. Scratch has also agreed to be bound by the rule that a jury is the exclusive judge of both the facts and the law; as such, even in the face of overwhelming evidence favoring the plaintiff such as the contract Mr. She bewitches Jabez, driving a wedge between him and Mary. Webster's eloquence in swaying this supposedly unswayable jury is remarkable, but would have gone to no effect without the devil's pride-induced mistake in giving Webster a chance. The last few scenes are intense, and expertly done. This is a book which would have been a lot richer if it had been told from multiple viewpoints.