Saturday, May 7, 2011

Reminder: A Time to Kill Chat Tomorrow

Our next chat, on John Grisham's A Time to Kill, is scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday, May 8th) at 5 pm Pacific (8 pm Eastern).  I am looking forward to this chat because the book raises a wide variety of issues.  Do you have any questions for discussion that you want to make sure we bring up tomorrow?  Feel free to post them in the comments to this post.  If you haven't finished the book yet, be forewarned that the comments to this post may contain spoilers.


  1. Here are some questions that I have:

    1. Would you have convicted Carl Lee? Is vigilante justice ever just?
    2. What did you think of Grisham's characterization of race relations in the South? In particular: the role of the KKK and the black protesters?
    3. What did you think of Grisham's portrayal of women? In particular: Ellen Roark, his law clerk?
    4. Why do you think Grisham placed so much emphasis on his characters' use and abuse of alcohol?
    5. To what extent were the lawyers in the novel ethical? How did Grisham contrast "playing dirty" with the naiveté of upholding ethics?
    6. What was Jake Brigance's motivation for representing Carl Lee?
    7. Jake blames himself for a lot of the violence that persons near to him suffer at the hands of the KKK. To what extent is Jake at fault?
    8. How does this book make you feel about the American judicial system?