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The Paper Chase is a novel written by John Jay Osborn, Jr., a graduate of Harvard Law School. The book tells the story of Hart, a first-year law. Start by marking “The Paper Chase” as Want to Read: But I have to say it lacked any detail on what law school classes were like. John Jay Osborn, Jr. is the author of the bestselling novel, The Paper Chase, a fictional account of one Harvard Law School student's battles with the. John Osborn grew up in San Francisco, attended local schools and then went to Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked at a large Wall Street law.

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When initially published, The Paper Chase was widely acclaimed as the first novel to realistically describe the experiences of students within American law. The Paper Chase. By Joseph Robinette. From the novel by John Jay Osborn, Jr. Product Code: P Full-length Play; Comedy; Cast size: 8m., 9w. (extras.). Author and Harvard Law School graduate John Osborn Jr. rose to fame in the ' 70s with the publication of his book “The Paper Chase” about his.

Kingsfield Jr. Retired Harvard Law professor Clark Byse is said to have been the inspiration for the character's position at Harvard Law School , though not the character's personality. James Bridges had originally earmarked James Mason for the Kingsfield role, but he was unavailable. After attempts to cast Melvyn Douglas , Edward G. Robinson , John Gielgud , Paul Scofield , and other famous actors in the role, Bridges offered it to Houseman, who agreed to fly to Toronto where the film's interior sequences were to be shot for a screen test. Bridges called it "fabulous", and Houseman accepted the part, thus launching his acting career. Houseman then recommended Bridges as a writer for the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents , for which Bridges wrote eighteen teleplays, before establishing himself as a motion picture writer-director. All interiors were shot on stages in Toronto. Willis shot The Paper Chase in anamorphic format due to the "schoolroom and the graphics in the film. We used huge close-ups of John, and demeaning shots of Timothy. Then as the movie goes along and Timothy begins to get on top of it, you'll notice the shot sizes begin to diminish on John and begin to get a little bit bigger on Timothy—until finally they are equal partners shooting back and forth. His Ivy League Olympian is Kingsfield, a professor of contract law who passes along scholarship with finely tempered disdain. In an original bit of casting, Kingsfield is played by veteran theater and film producer John Houseman.

Don't lose your mind over it The professor isn't thinking of you like that. You're just one among a sea of faces that changes each semester It's gonna be fine. Feb 23, Paulette rated it really liked it.

Thought I'd read a book from long ago and see how it reads today. Not bad. Jan 27, Melanie Sorensen rated it it was ok. Unless law school really does make everyone temporarily crazy, and focusing yourself, and ignoring the competition is the solution. But yuck. Having never been in law school--nor ever interested in attending--any finer points regarding accuracy and stereotypes have fully passed me by.

But as a regular ol' English major, there were aspects of this which really appealed to me. The Paper Chase reads much less like a novel and more like a series of sketches.

They don't necessarily link from chapter-to-chapter, and even once the whole thing is said and done a number of the chapters still feel a bit haphazard. Few books could get away with do Having never been in law school--nor ever interested in attending--any finer points regarding accuracy and stereotypes have fully passed me by. Few books could get away with doing that, but in this case it is pretty endearing. This sketch aspect which becomes less obvious as the text catapults towards the conclusion holds the reader out at arm-length, making them feel like they're voyeurs.

If the entire story happens inside a building, then what is in the text of the book is what the reader can see by peeping in the windows.

If I had to guess this was not intentional on the part of Osborn Jr. His writing is from the viewpoint of first-year law student Hart, who the reader is supposed to identify with and through whom connect with the text.

This doesn't really happen--few people would understand the drive with which he flings himself into the two plot-points which divide the text: While I can't communicate the actual end to either of those plot-points that is for you to find out on your own, should you trek into the text , I can say that Osborn Jr.

But once I accepted the book and ended I realized what I was valuing throughout the read was not what the book was about--I was able to see the elegance of the ending. I guess it's almost inevitable that such a short novel la would operate in the stereotype-osphere, but allowing that doesn't make The Paper Chase any more enjoyable. I think there was a great nugget of an idea here, but Osborn was either too busy or young to fully develop it.

I do hope, however, that the stereotypes in his novel were a reflection of the various sides and states of mind he was in while at Harvard Law I had wondered before reading his bio Meh. I had wondered before reading his bio if Osborn identified most with Kevin Brooks the ill-prepared and mentally unstable student , and writing the novel was his path out of law.

Turns out, no, he became a law school professor I suppose destined to But maybe he had a few moments of fear as a one-L. Redeeming qualities? I'm guessing that 'exposing' Harvard Law and its students to be less than perfect may have been exciting in the 70s But these feel dated and immature to me as a 21st century reader. I think Osborn's dialogue is decent, but he did way too much telling instead of showing are we in junior high here?

Anyway, don't bother, but I am interested in reading One-L now for some reason. If you must, just watch the film, it's a better experience though may actually take longer to finish. But the knowledge that more than years ago John Osborne had been able to vividly capture the feel of a 1st-year law class at Harvard made me know that it could be done.

I just had to keep at it. Of course Osborne wrote from the viewpoint of Hart, the student, while I wrote from the perspective of Ben Parks, the professor. John Osborne truly wrote a classic and authors like me can only hope to have one-half the impact that he has had.

What I learned is that this book is over-hyped.

I start law school in a few days and virtually all the books I've read about it say that law school is this horrible experience filled with awful people who engage in every sort of cutthroat tactic in order to get ahead of you in the curve.

The Paper Chase is the quintessential example and probably most famous of these types of stories. Maybe it's true at Harvard, where the book is set, but it isn't the case everywhere.

If you're thinking about law school, don't let this book deter you.

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Your first year will be hard but just because your study group kicks you out doesn't mean you need to reach for the shotgun. Two good things: First, it is a good story. This is a story that needed telling. Second, the environment is described in a way that one can visualize it.

Langdell Hall, the dorms, etc. The distracting feature of this book is the style in which it is written. I describe it as "stilted," but I don't mean stiffly dignified; it is rather "stacked together.

Overall, it is a fun read and, again, a good story. To quote ancient wisdom, "It is the Two good things: To quote ancient wisdom, "It is the tale and not the teller. If you have never seen the movie, read the book first. The movie follows the book closely, but you will not be able to get the movie characters out of your head if you watch before reading. I think this i a little bit overly melodramatic.

I feel that Scott Turow's One L is more realistic. However, I think the appeal of this book possibly has to do with its describing what you might call fantasies. The student who gives a party and no one comes, the students who sneak into the library in the middle of the night after it's locked, the professor who means a lot to you and can't remember your name, the students who check into a hotel for a couple of days in order to spend all day and n I think this i a little bit overly melodramatic.

The student who gives a party and no one comes, the students who sneak into the library in the middle of the night after it's locked, the professor who means a lot to you and can't remember your name, the students who check into a hotel for a couple of days in order to spend all day and night studying for exams.

The Paper Chase

It's a little bit over the top but perhaps it's good at dramatizing student concerns. A quick read and one that was mostly enjoyable. There were a few things that felt pretty sexist but then the author portrayed Susan Kingsfield as a strong woman. The movie adaptation is one of my favorites, with an impeccable cast: The film follows the story mostly, but at times it changes scene order or attributes actions to Hart that were done by others. The Susan character was definitely dialed back A quick read and one that was mostly enjoyable.

The Susan character was definitely dialed back in the movie. She was much stronger in the novel, more independent and leading action not reacting to it. The edition I read had "deleted scenes" in it: They showed that the writer is actually a pretty BAD writer -- I guess he had a great editor! This is a classic for law students, but I can't remember ever reading it. Parts were great, but parts seemed almost surreal?

I debated between 3 and 4 stars. In the end, I decided, it is 4 stars for law students and prospective law students, 3 stars for everyone else. Reread in July Why did I bother? Apr 25, Kathy rated it really liked it Shelves: Sonia Sotomayor had referred to this book in her autobiography. I had never read this, but it felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen throughout the entire story. I went to college at the same time that this story was set in. I guess nothing in it surprised me.

Why does school have to be like this? Why is education often set up as a competition and such a challenge? Why does education involve pressures?

Why does learning involve so much stress? And why does it continue in this way toda Sonia Sotomayor had referred to this book in her autobiography. And why does it continue in this way today? Read this book to try to understand the law school phenomenon better. Nope, didn't help at all.

The Paper Chase (novel)

Most of the book was the student freaking out about being ready to answer a question in his contracts class. Seriously, answer the damned question it doesn't effect your grade! That said it helps me kind of understand the psychology of a law student that thinks every word they say is all important.

And it was short, and very readable, and a classic of law school. And I liked the ending. This book was disappointing. I have a fascination with Harvard Law School not sure why and was looking for some exposure to this world and I guess I got some.

The relationship between Hart and Susan, in my opinion, was never fully developed and I really didn't find myself caring what happened between them. I found the ending to be bizarre and I didn't find it very satisfying. I cannot recommend this book or the movie either. Book NonRecommendation: The movie was incredible so it lead me to the book.

Normally, the book smokes the movie, but not in this case. I give this book a 3 out of 10 and that is being very very generous. The author just seems to rush through so many issues that were great scenes in the movie.

Every one? Kevin Brooks: Yeah, every one. William Moss: Aww man, don't look like that, you'll be saved. Every person in this house almost flunked out of law school in their first year. It's not hard to see why; they had broads on the brain. It's the worst thing that can happen to a first-year law student. I don't suppose that's your problem? Kevin Brooks: No, no. I'm married. William Moss: Well, the vote's split on that, but I've saved all kinds. I moved in here and saved all these dum-dums.

They'll all graduate, all from Harvard. Did you bring any samples of your work?

Kevin Brooks: Yeah, I brought some notes William Moss: Notes don't mean a thing. James Hart: I found something. There's a room above the stacks that have all the professors' old notes from when they were law students here. They're just sitting there waiting. I want to see the notes I want to see Kingsfield's notes on contracts. Professor Kingsfield: Mister Hart, here is a dime.

Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer. James Hart: [pause, as he is leaving the room] You That is the most intelligent thing you've said all day. You may take your seat.