Nigiri Law by Barry Varkel – So many firsts…first funny book on the South African law process, first time I have heard of a stand-up comedian who is a qualified and practicing attorney and author on top of that and the first time I have done a book review for Tech4Law.
Barry Varkel, referred to by his client as “Mr Belly” tells of his experience handling a divorce matter for his client, a sushi restaurant owner who speaks very little English. There is a great amount of humour, including the scary trip to court for his bewildered client.
The funny story takes a rather unexpected twist when Arata takes a trip in between court appearances. Barry’s writing manner illustrates the foreign accent cleverly.
The book is a easy to read 77 pages. Beware though, Barry’s descriptive humour sometimes gets a little dark and twisted and foul mouthed. (This book is not for the easily offended.)
I enjoyed the book. A number of times I found myself trying to persuade Arata to take a different path in my mind. It is a worthwhile read for all adults, whether involved in the legal fraternity or not.
Published by No Bullshit Books
Printed by The Printing Press
Available from The Book Lounge
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