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The Testament by John Grisham
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The Testament (original 1999; edition 1999)

by John Grisham

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Title:The Testament
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Island Books (1999), Mass Market Paperback, 544 pages
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Biit of an anti novel... maybe a movie treatment. ( )
  Brumby18 | Jan 13, 2019 |
Una historia muy interesante pero el final no me impactó, algo predecible. ( )
  jans2005 | Jan 4, 2019 |
When billionaire Troy Phelan commits suicide just after signing a will, there is a surprise for his dysfunctional family. All of the three ex-wives and six adult children who had gathered for the signing, minutes after they left the room, were cut out with a new handwritten holographic will, given from Troy to his lawyer. The family had just had cameras in the room, and had videotaped three psychologists saying he was in his right mind when he signed the will they thought would make them all enormously rich. They are in for a shock when, one month later (after they’ve gone out and spent the money they thought they were getting), they learn that the will they saw him sign was no longer valid; the new will left his 11 billion to his long-lost illegitimate missionary daughter, Rachel, currently living somewhere in Brazil. Troy’s lawyer, Josh, sends one of the other lawyers in his firm to Brazil to find Rachel.

I thought this was really good. Boy, that family was hateful! We didn’t really get to know Troy, and apparently he wasn’t likeable, either, but you could sure see why he wanted to cut those ungrateful offspring (and ex-wives) out of the will altogether! Much of the novel was Nate trying to find Rachel in Brazil, which was entertaining, which leads me to mention that here were a number of humourous moments in the book, as well, which was kind of fun. ( )
  LibraryCin | Nov 3, 2018 |
Keeps you guessing until the very last page! ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
The Testament is different from your usual John Grisham novel in that it does not focus so much on courtroom action and legal debates but rather on the personal life of the protagonist, Nate O'Riley. When Troy Phelan, a billionaire, jumps off a balcony into death, his children immediately start spending the money they have not yet inherited. What they do not know, however, is that Troy Phelan has changed his will in the last minute before his death and his children will not get anything. Phelan has an illegitimate daugher, who does missionary work in the Pantanal region in Brazil and she is to be the sole heir of his fortune. In order to find her, Nate O'Riley is sent on a trip to Brazil. Before he can take the trip, he has to leave his rehab facility, though. Nate is in rehab for the fourth time, fighting his alcohol and drug issues of the past. Having lost two families and almost his license to practice law, he takes the trip in order to make a fresh start and get out of the country that will only make him fall back to his old habits. Nate's trip into the Pantanal is a life-changer for him.

I liked the character of Nate O'Riley a lot. Especially when he goes back to a courtroom to question witnesses, you see how good he must have been at his job. At the same time you can perfectly understand why he wants to quit his job in order to start a new life. The ending of the novel was a little unsatisfying to me and I think the story was a little drawn-out in certain parts. Still, not a bad read. 3.5 stars. ( )
  OscarWilde87 | Jul 19, 2017 |
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Down to the last day, even the last hour now.
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Na tento deň som sa pripravoval dlho. Každý cent svojho bohatstva som nadobudol vďaka vlastnému úsiliu, rozumu a šťastiu. Môžem ho teda míňať, ako sa mi páči. Mohol by som ho aj darovať podľa svojich predstáv, ale v tom mi chcú zabrániť.
Prečo by som sa mal starať, kto dostane moje peniaze? Použil som ich na všetko, čo si len človek vie predstaviť. Keď sedím sám v invalidnom vozíku a čakám, nenapadá ma jediná vec, ktorú by som si ešte chcel kúpiť alebo vidieť. 
Všetko mám za sebou a som veľmi unavený.
Nezáleží mi na tom, kto dostane peniaze. Ale nie je mi ani ľahostajné, kto ich nedostane.
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Troy Phelan, a 78-year-old eccentric and the 10th-richest man in America, is about to read his last will and testament, divvying up an estate worth $11 billion. Phelan's three ex-wives, their grasping spawn, a legion of lawyers, several psychiatrists, and a plethora of sound technicians wait breathlessly, all eyes glued to digital monitors as they watch the old man read his verdict. But Phelan shocks everyone with a bizarre, last-gasp attempt to redistribute the spoils, setting in motion a legal morality tale of a contested will, sin, and redemption.

Our hero, Nate O'Riley--a washed-up, alcoholic litigator with two ruined marriages in his wake and the IRS on his tail--is dispatched to the Brazilian wetlands in search of a mysterious heir named in the will. After a harrowing trip upriver to a remote settlement in the Pantanal, he encounters Rachel Lane, a pure-hearted missionary living with an indigenous tribe and carrying out "God's work." Rachel's grave dedication and kindness impress the jaded lawyer, so much that a nasty bout of dengue fever leads him to a vision that could change his life.

Back in the States, the legal proceedings drag on and Grisham has a high time with Phelan's money-hungry descendents, a regrettable bunch who squandered millions, married strippers, got druggy, and befriended the Mob. The youngest son, Ramble, is a multi-pierced, tattoo-covered malcontent with big dreams for his rock band, the Demon Monkeys. Will Nate get straight with Rachel's aid? Do the greedy heirs get theirs? What's the real legacy of a lifetime's work? The Testament is classic Grisham: a down-and-out lawyer, a lot of money, an action-packed pursuit, and the highest issues at stake. It's not just about great characters; it's about the question of what character is. --Rebekah Warren

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A lawyer searches the Brazilian jungle for a missionary doctor working with Indians, the illegitimate daughter of an American tycoon who left her his fortune. But the tycoon's real children are determined to prevent the inheritance.

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