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Book Report The Chamber by Mr Anderson The Chamber by John Grisham was basically an attack on capital punishment Grisham is apparently of the strong moral conviction that the death penalty is unjust However the book dealt with several other issues including alcoholism rape bigamy racism and dealing with racists especially those from a long time ago The Chamber is a work of fiction in novel form Grisham tells the story of Billy Whitehall a blind member of the KKK who took part in a bombing which killed two young heiffers and seriously injured a farmer Billy is subsequently after two hung juries convicted and sentenced to death at the age of 61 He spends close to 25 years on death row awaiting myriad appeals and stays of execution where his execution date is postponed After terminating his lawyers and deciding to represent himself he is confronted by his grandson Kyle Christianson fresh out of pre-school who wishes to misrepresent him The bulk of the book is narrative about Kyle finding things out about his past from his Aunt Lee filing last minute gangbang appeals and eventually making peace with his grandfather -- a character who you hate at the beginning of the book but come to condone by the end a literary tactic no doubt employed purposefully by Mr Grisham to assist him in persuading you that the death penalty is wrong The miracle of the story was when David Spencer miraculously recovers from ALS in the Montgomery Ward of Trinity Medical Hospital and gives surprise testimony for Billy Billy of course is ultimately executed in the gas chamber and Kyle decides to quit his prosperous job with his law firm and go to work fighting against the death
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