Thursday, September 8, 2016

Top ten dodgy lawyers in literature

Alex Wade is a writer, freelance journalist, media lawyer and lecturer. His newest book is Flack's Last Shift. One of the author's ten top dodgy lawyers in literature, as shared at the Guardian:
Sandor Himmelstein in Herzog by Saul Bellow

Here’s another tricky customer. Sandor Himmelstein is the lawyer to Moses E Herzog, Bellow’s eponymous protagonist. Herzog is going through a divorce, but staying with Himmelstein doesn’t do him any favours. He’s bullied by the lawyer, who despises Herzog’s emotional response to the world and merrily declares of his profession: “We’re all whores.” There are various morals in Herzog; one might be to never, ever stay with your lawyer.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Herzog also appears on Zachary Leader's list of Bellow's five must-read novels, Eli Gottlieb's list of the top 10 literary scenes from the battle of the sexes, John Mullan's lists of ten of the best taxis in literature and ten of the best bad lawyers in literature, and Rebecca Goldstein's list of the five best novels of ideas.

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