Archive for May 27th, 2011

It’s been years since I read a novel by Michael Crichton. I was in college back in the seventies when I was able to get hold of his two books, The Terminal Man and The Andromeda Strain. I watched the movie version of his other book Disclosure back in 1994 starring Michael Douglas and Demi Moore , if I’m not mistaken. The usual rule for me is, read the book before watching the movie version but since Crichton does not belong to my TBR list, it was okay, I guess. I don’t even remember the story in detail until I found an old copy of the book in our shelf. I don’t remember buying this nor do I remember reading it before. I was actually looking for another book to read. It’s been a while since I read fiction.  My computer is still down, maybe, I really need to replace the keyboard with  a new one.

Disclosure  is a provocative story about an up-and-coming executive  at DigiCom. Tom Sanders faces an uncertain future. His world turned upside down after a closed-door meeting with his new boss, a former lover who  was promoted to the position which he was expecting. The fast pacing of the book  is not that actually boring for an afternoon read. I love courtroom scenes and how the defendant and the accused fight each other and how they conduct and present evidences in court. It is a scenario that you would not want to miss.  All in all, it is an absorbing story. How could you defend yourself when you are the real victim? Sexual harassment does happen in real life but we have always believed, at least I do, that it only  happens to the female members of the corporate world, not the other way around. Clearly, Tom Sanders is the victim here and how he struggles to defend himself and find out about the manipulative scheme to bring him down is what makes the book an interesting read.  There are lots of technical jargon which you would appreciate if you are a techie.

At the end of the book, Crichton admits that this is based on a true story. He further says that “it is not intended to deny the fact that the great majority of harassment claims are brought by women against men”.


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