I'm still trudging along in my "summer before law school reading" and let me tell you, it sucks! I just finished A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. It was a used copy and it stunk...literally. Whoever owned this book either lived in a bar or chose to use it to elevate their ashtray. There were times when I had to put the book down because it stunk so much.

The story? Eh...it reminded me of Erin Brockovich. I did find the financial aspects of the case interesting, but not enough to keep my nose in the book as the cover claimed I would. It's a deceiving book in that it's over 400 pages. I would've tried to knock it down to 250, there just seemed a lot of something that I could've done without. Anyone interested in reading it just send an e-mail. I will gladly mail it to you as I don't want it stinking up my house any longer!


  1. The Legal Optimist said...
    Too bad you didn't like the book. It was assigned reading for me & I loved it (for not being as boring as the textbook reading).

    Can you return stinky book to previous stinky owner? I can't believe people would do that to a book (now I sound like a librarian).
    Kel said...
    It's not that I didn't like it, I just found it too long. I'll admit that I normally wouldn't read a book of this type. I'm not fond of criminal law or Law And Order stories.

    I just read it because I know several law schools recommend it. One of my best friends also used it to teach one of her poli sci classes so I also knew it was widely read in undergraduate courses.

    I can't return it however I only paid $1.50 for it. So not a complete loss since it was worth the price for the story.
    Anonymous said...
    I am sorry you were so uncomfortable reading this book. Possibly it might help you to reflect upon the suffering of the people who had poison dumped in their drinking water. Since toxins and sewage are continuing to pollute our waters and harming humans and fish, we still need many more words written on the subject. Good luck in law school!
    Kel said...

    I wasn't uncomfortable reading this book. In fact I grew up near a nuclear plant and have observed many health issues that may be (with some confirmed) directly related to nuclear waste in my family, my community and myself.

    I was just saying the book stunk--as in smelled bad due to the previous owner. I agree that we need more work informing and reminding us of toxic dumping and corporate responsibility.

    Thanks for your comment. I hope I've cleared some things up for you.

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