{Audible} Hell Has Harbour ViewsAuthor Richard Beasley – Z55z.co

As someone in their early stages at a law firm, this was an amazing book.The book explores the journey of Hugh Walker, a former personal injury lawyer entering into the world of top corporate law practice at the greatest law firm in the universe.Beasley s writing is crude but effective, conveying the overall culture as satirised of a top law firm within Sydney in a really engaging matter You find yourself liking but also detesting most of the characters in the firm, and everyone of them has m As someone in their early stages at a law firm, this was an amazing book.The book explores the journey of Hugh Walker, a former personal injury lawyer entering into the world of top corporate law practice at the greatest law firm in the universe.Beasley s writing is crude but effective, conveying the overall culture as satirised of a top law firm within Sydney in a really engaging matter You find yourself liking but also detesting most of the characters in the firm, and everyone of them has moments that will make you smile or laugh.The protagonist, Hugh Walker, was written much better than I expected heading in He is a delightful hypocrite He believes he is a good person throughout the book, but seemingly oblivious to how his actions do not match his vision for himself Apart from the shenanigans at the firm, watching him reconcile or failing t0 his actions with his dogmatic belief that he s good went deeper than his role within the firm but also his responsibility as a person.The story was basic, but effective and ends ridiculously in a way that ties up everything covered earlier in the book For a satire, it does the job well enough to keep you engaged and humming along.Would recommend to anyone in the legal industry or in other corporate jobs A fun read Fast paced, finished in in two days.It s about a personal injury lawyer cum fast paced, French cuff wearing insurance litigation defense attourny, and the moral vacuousness of his new life Descriptions of the partners in the firm are very funny. The story is fine but the prose is bad The book is what I call cotton candy reading briefly enjoyable, but there is not much to be gained, and overindulgence will cause sickness If you are a busy person and have little time for leisure reading, don t waste your time If you want something edifying and beautiful, avoid it If you can expend the energy to cut through the prose and appreciate the narrative it may suit you, but has no reward to offer at the end of it.There are four problems wi The story is fine but the prose is bad The book is what I call cotton candy reading briefly enjoyable, but there is not much to be gained, and overindulgence will cause sickness If you are a busy person and have little time for leisure reading, don t waste your time If you want something edifying and beautiful, avoid it If you can expend the energy to cut through the prose and appreciate the narrative it may suit you, but has no reward to offer at the end of it.There are four problems with the prose First, the imagery is corny and has a weird anatomic bent which arouses disgust not the sublime It also leads to a strange disjuncture between the words and the imagery, instead of each supporting the other Urgesdrip from the brain to the mouth like a drop of water from a leaky tapCan an urge drip Is the brain a tap and the mouth a sink Are we to ponder the physical space between the brain and the mouth and something dripping between them Is a leaky tap worthy of simile in a novel In the writer s opinion, no is the only appropriate answer to all those questions A quick glance over the prologue also reveals paragraphs about the protagonist s tongue as adry piece of meatwithcrystalline coating , on which cockroaches tap dance All this occurs while his stomach and bowelsconspire on some foul concoctionAnd so the opening paragraphs treat us to a tour of the protagonists tongue and bowels, so we may later read about him vomiting in the streets If the author s intent was to arose the same feeling of disorientation, discomfort, and disgust the protagonist feels in the reader, he should be commended But the effect, if it was intended, is cheap Why should we need to sympathise so with Mr Walker If it is utterly necessary, why descend to disgust at the book and not with the the protagonist And why do so by bludgeoning the reader with images of meat and tongues and vomit and cockroaches The bodily focus continues throughout the book and in too deliberate a way for this to be accidental Second, the humour varies between adolescent and childish One is not sure which is worse The protagonist meets with a partner who, we are graphically told, once ate his own snot with two chocolate biscuits and proceeded to fart in the work kitchen Chapter six,Doctor warns Supermodels fart tooopens with one character recounting an anecdote in which a supermodel farts The humour is laboured And it becomes insulting when one realises the author expects the reader to laugh at fart jokes A charitable reading may be available but is no less offensive If Mr Beasley again intended to arose the same disgust the protagonist feels toward his company in the reader, he does so with no elegance The other attempts at humour are abrasive and far too niche for a general reader If you haven t encountered a silk, a partner, a senior associate, a claims manager, or a junior lawyer, then there is not much to be gained At the risk of narrowing the audience, we are thrown the odd line to make sure we know who to dislike and who to identify with We dislike Hayden Vincent because he is caught looking down a woman s top at a function He is exposedWas this something they taught you at school To make sure the point is not lostOf course The lesson in Looking Down Tops was followed by How to be a Fuckwit No on ever failedAll can participate because everyone hates chauvinists and less still ones that are self aware But the characters flaws are magnified to such a degree the author might have well just put in stage directions to the reader The inverse is also true the protagonist is disillusioned, had dreams of acting for the down trodden, wishes he could be David fighting Goliath, and is the only one capable of sympathy or empathy.Third, the imagery lacks beauty and often relies on pop media references The wannabe partner senior associate is a cross betweenMary Tyler Moore in that sitcom of the 70swith atouch of Sharon Stone from Basic InstinctThe overweight ageing insurance partner looks likethe Incredible Hulk, mid transformationand a few pages after looks as ifRex Hunt had just kissed himThe protagonist opens his eyes after a drunken bender, which look like siliconsomewhere between Pam Anderson and Demi MooreAn insufferable graduate is one from theGordon Gekko production lineThe lead silk isEdward De Bono, but with Liam Gallagher s personality These are lazy and stale They have the benefit of immediately placing images in one s head, but neither the reader nor the writer have had to work for it Ironically, they appear with such frequency so as to exhaust the reader Similes are difficult and almost a hackneyed technique, but the best writers offer them with insight and subtletysuddenly enraptured, he had tried to collect, to treasure in his memory the phrase or harmony he did not know which that had just been played, and had opened and expanded his soul, just as the fragrance of roses, wafted upon the air of evening, has power of dilating our nostrilsProust, Swann in Love, p 269 With skill even nostrils become beautiful You can interrogate that phrase, ponder it, and your mind is drawn to harmony and memory and fragrance and roses and the evening air This book offers movies, television, and shock jocks Last, the prose otherwise lacks any other good or interesting literary devices There are no metaphors, allegories, or motifs There is no irony No introspective vignettes We wade through a gross muck of imagery for too little reward Where are the insights The truths The beauty The adornments of prose The twists of language If these cannot be offered, then is the story so compelling the reader can excuse these shortcomings Sadly, again, the answer to that question must be no Ultimately, one has to wonder whether a book like this is good for the soul It just cannot be This book selfishly takes from the reader and offers nothing in return It simultaneously requires hard work and encourages laziness Read it if you must, but know what you are heading into the writer did not and bitterly regrets it And one doesn t know whether to rage against the author or the editor A very funny, satire about a top tier law firm in Sydney with big business clients insurance companies, banks, etc Hugh has been working for this top tier law firm for 6 years but his conscious means he s questioning his choices and his own behaviour He used to represent the little guy, the underdog This law firm is about harbour views, long lunches, dubious time sheets, overcharging clients, unethical behaviour, etc Whilst obviously exaggerated, I m sure it s pretty close to the truth One of the funniest books I have read. Read this some time ago it gave me an insight into the law and what I d often imagined happens behind closed doors I felt it was done to enable the profession the opportunity to laugh at themselves The channel 2 adaptation of this book was very enjoyable and well acted Lynne I grew up in Sydney an an attorney so reading a book set in my city makes it very easy to visualise the story After reading Cyanide Games and The Burden of Lies I decided to read his earlier novel and have to say it left me flat I found it predictable and wanting.the author has got better so isn t that a good thing for us readers All that we ever believed about this blighted profession is true A good romp Alternate cover for ISBNISBN Hugh Walker held out for a while Not for him the stereotype of the greedy lawyer He d be the defender of the abused, the voice of the poor, the champion of the oppressed And he was for a timeuntil Rottman Maughan and Nash dangled the office with the harbour view in front of himNow he s turning blind eye to suspect time sheets, championing the powerful against the powerless, and not being entirely honest with his girlfriendIs there a way back This book was a DNF, something quite rare for me I don t like to give up on a book but after reading nearly half of it, it was time to quit The purpose of a fiction book is to create something that draws the reader in, something that makes the reader want to pick up the book and continue reading to see how the plot will resolve This book didn t seem to have any direction and the plot was weak and uninspiring, which meant that the book became so boring that I didn t care what happened next Th This book was a DNF, something quite rare for me I don t like to give up on a book but after reading nearly half of it, it was time to quit The purpose of a fiction book is to create something that draws the reader in, something that makes the reader want to pick up the book and continue reading to see how the plot will resolve This book didn t seem to have any direction and the plot was weak and uninspiring, which meant that the book became so boring that I didn t care what happened next That is when the book failed in its objective I felt as though I was reading the equivalent of a C grade movie The characters were tacky and not likeable, which didn t entice me to read on