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Sooley: The Gripping Bestseller from John Grisham Paperback – 6 Jan. 2022
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***THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER***
'A master of plotting and pacing' - New York Times
'With every new book I appreciate John Grisham a little more, for his compassion for the underdog, and his willingness to strike out in new directions' - Entertainment Weekly
ONE MAN. ONE HOPE. ONCE CHANCE TO BECOME A LEGEND.
Seventeen-year-old Samuel Sooleymon comes from a village in South Sudan, a war-torn country where one third of the population is a refugee. His great love is basketball: his prodigious leap and lightning speed make him an exceptional player. And it may also bring him his big chance: he has been noticed by a coach taking a youth team to the United States.
If he gets through the tournament, Samuel's life will change beyond recognition. But it's the longest of long shots. His talent is raw and uncoached. There are hundreds of better-known players ahead of him. And he must leave his family behind, at least at the beginning.
As American success beckons, devastating news reaches Samuel from home. Caught between his dream and the nightmare unfolding thousands of miles away, 'Sooley', as he's nicknamed by his classmates, must make hard choices about his future. This quiet, dedicated boy must do what no other player has achieved in the history of his chosen game: become a legend in twelve short months.
Global bestseller John Grisham takes you to a different kind of court in this gripping and incredibly moving novel that showcases his storytelling powers in an entirely new light.
'Grisham's books are smart, imaginative, and funny, populated by complex interesting people' - The Washington Post
'A superb, instinctive storyteller' - The Times
350+ million copies, 45 languages, 9 blockbuster films:
NO ONE WRITES DRAMA LIKE JOHN GRISHAM
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The joy of a Grisham novel is turning the pages as the plot propels you forward . . . Suffice it to say SOOLEYfollows the familiar Grisham playbook - short chapters, plenty of foreshadowing, and a rapid-fire prose that's easy to read and hard to put down ― Independent
- Publisher : Hodder Paperbacks; 1st edition (6 Jan. 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529368049
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529368048
- Dimensions : 12.8 x 3 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, with 'Sooley' ,John Grisham appears to have written the second most tedious book he has ever produced. A totally incomprehensible novel,(to non-basketball fans, at least) taken up with detailed narrative about the basketball matches that the eponymous central character plays in.
As a long-time John Grisham fan, I found this book extremely disappointing, and not of the usual standard that we have come to expect from this author. Unusually for me, seventy-three pages in, I found the book so mind-numbingly boring, I threw it in the bin. Stick to courtroom thrillers in future, Mr Grisham!!!!!!!!!!
I buy Grisham for fantastic thrillers about people and the law. I'm guessing that he's either climbed onboard the woke bandwagon or decided that's where the money lies. If he wants to write this type of novel he could at least use a pseudonym - or make it very clear that he has abandoned the genre that made his name.
Unless you're a hard core basketball fan with a desire to understand the implications of a vicious ethnic conflict DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.
This one does not really do that.
The issue really is with the basketball narratives which there are a lot of and are an important part of the story.
If you do not understand basketball a lot of this will be COMPLETELY unintelligible. I coached basketball and played for years and I found some of the basketball language tricky and at times a bit childish even. It seemed he gave the basketball story to a teenager to write. Some effort to dumb down the tactical talk would have made sense. How it got past an editor baffles me.
The story outside the basketball games is decent bar what I thought was a clumsy twist in the tale and yes I read it to the end but overall very very disappointing.