[Resensi] The Last Juror

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Judul Buku: The Last Juror

Penulis: John Grisham

Penerbit: Bantam Dell

Tahun: 2004

Jumlah Halaman: 486 hlm.

“One of his best: a thoughtful and atmospheric thriller.” – New York Times

“His best book in years… genuinely moving.” – People

“Classic Grisham, full of excitement and colorful character.” – Denver Post

In 1970, Willie Traynor came to Clanton, Mississippi, in a Triumph Spitfire and a fog of vague ambitions. Within a year, the twenty-three-years old found himself the owner of Ford County’s only newspaper, famous for its well-crafted obituaries. While the rest of America was in the grips of turmoil. Clanton lived on the edge of another age-until the brutal murder of a young mother rocked the town and thrust Willie into the center of a storm.

Daring to report the true horrors of the crime, Willie made as many friends as enemies in Clanton, and over the next decade he would sometimes wonder how he had gotten there in the first place. But he could never escape the crime that had shattered his innocence or the criminal whose evil ad left an indelible stain. Because as the ghosts of the South’s past gather around Willie, as tension swirls around Clanton, men and women who served on a jury nine years ago are starting to die one by one-as a killer exacts the ultimate revenge…

“Grisham deserves a winning verdict for (his) latest literary thriller.” – Boston Globe

QUOTES

Page 19

But when you’re twenty-three, you’re fearless. You have nothing, so there’s nothing to lose.

Page 33-34

No honest man could live on such a humble salary. No honest man could move quietly through the shadows of the underworld.

Page 61

I was an ill-informed rookie, and everybody knew it. No sense in pretending I knew something when I didn’t.

SUMMARY dan OPINI

Karakter utama dalam novel ini terasa sangat dekat dengan diri saya. Mahasiswa jurnalistik, usia 23 tahun, yang memulai kuliahnya dengan amat idealis. Dulu saya tidak hanya sekali diingatkan orang bahwa jurnalis itu gajinya dikit dan kerjaannya berat. Tapi dengan tekad yang menggebu-gebu ingin membawa perdamaian dunia, 18 years old me tetap bersikukuh mengambil jurusan jurnalistik. Sebelumnya pun di SNMPTN, saya dengan kukuh memilih jurusan Sastra Inggris yang mana selalu diremehkan. Atas kecintaan saya terhadap sastra – mungkin seperti kecintaan Elias Rukla dalam Shyness and Dignity ya – saya menulis Sastra Inggris di pilihan pertama, yang tentu saja tidak begitu mendapat dukungan dari sekitar. Lanjutkan membaca [Resensi] The Last Juror