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Acoso af Michael Crichton
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Acoso (original 1993; udgave 1994)

af Michael Crichton

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An accusation of sexual harassment threatens a man's career in the cutthroat computer industry, and when he attempts to defend himself, he uncovers some damaging company secrets.
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Titel:Acoso
Forfattere:Michael Crichton
Info:P & J (1994), Paperback, 395 pages
Samlinger:Leídos
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La verdad es que me esperaba más de Crichton, aunque me doy cuenta gracias a este libro que lo que hace Crichton no es escribir libros sino guiones de películas novelados. El argumento es fácil de seguir, el desenlace es rápido y en demasiadas ocasiones se intuye que el autor tiene un problema con el feminismo, porque la mala es malamalamala y el bueno es buenobuenobueno. Hombre (mujer) de paja... ( )
  Remocpi | Apr 22, 2020 |
Ok for the bus. Touches an issue of concern to many men with harrassment.. Our identity often not resolved as easily. ( )
  Brumby18 | Apr 4, 2020 |
Disclosure is a tricky book. Early on, I almost put it down because I was truly afraid it was about to be a train wreck. Historically, I like Michael Crichton. Or, at least, I enjoy his Jules Verne-esque ability to zero into science aspects of science fiction and create an intriguing, unique thriller.

I own a bunch of Michael Crichton books, largely because there was a library book sale and they were all there and I plucked them up without abandon. Disclosure ended up being one that I would not have read if it was not there for a dollar and I recognized the author. The book was so far out of my wheelhouse – there’s corporate manipulation and sexual harassment and just… it’s messy. It’s messy.

At the beginning, I was worried it was going to turn into one of those pompous dialogues about how women are entrapping men with sexual harassment claims and how it’s a biological “fact” that men and women are wired differently and blah blah blah. You know the talk. I put down the book at one point and googled “Michael Crichton sexist” because honestly? I didn’t want to read a book where the story was a thin veil for a lecture about how men are the real victims here.

Ultimately, I stuck with it. Google reassured me, and I took a leap and decided to trust it. I’m going to take a biota an unpopular opinion here… the book was not misogynistic bullshit. It was a gender swapped situation with good arguments realistic obstacles. It wasn’t perfect, and could benefit from some education, but it wasn’t the worst. And, since it was written back in 1994, this was before the #MeToo movement. That also gave me pause… but it was handled okay. Not perfect. But okay. It was over the top in many ways, but it does show a side of the story seen less frequently, from a victim far less often believed. As far as the issues contained here, both sides have something to say about Disclosure. Some readers will feel it’s anti-feminist. BookRiot actually talked about this last year, so it’s worth checking out their article. I agree with a lot of their points and I think this could have been an effective narrative, but it certainly comes off as defensive.

Let’s move past the sexual harassments themes and talk technical stuff.

All that said, I felt like Disclosure was rushed. Crichton claims in the afterword that the novel was based on a real court case, but I’m not sure which one. The beginning of the book positively dragged, with over a hundred pages of set up for a tech company and a whole lot of drivel about CD-ROM drives. While CDs were progressive in 1994, they are quaint artifacts these days. The book relies so heavily on this up and coming technology that it dates itself horribly. Even the “advanced” tech of the VR world – which we are still growing and developing in 2020 – has flaws.

So much of the story is told in dialogue that it’s difficult to relate to the characters. I’m not totally convinced that Tom is a good guy although Crichton goes above and beyond and way out of his way to make sure the reader identifies Meredith as a villain. Her actions are so over-the-top that it’s almost cartoonish. The aspects that make this a thriller came off as convenient to me and I was not impressed with the “twist”.

Generally, while I will still recommend many of Crichton’s books, this one really feels like a soapbox money-grab to me. It’s not enough for me to boycott him (Jurassic Park, c’mon) but it’s also just… not… good. ( )
  Morteana | Jan 19, 2020 |
Suspenseful, engrossing, and agonizing to see a manipulator in action, using assumptions and company policy to destroy her boss. Brilliantly written. This would generate discussion at a book club. ( )
  JoniMFisher | Sep 19, 2019 |
Confession: I do not read many "airport thrillers" because the usual plot twists are almost always two-dimensional and anti-climactic, according to my tastes. So, my 2 star rating is purely personal. It was ok, okay? Crichton's prose is silky smooth and the pages just fly by almost as fast as the scenes from a movie I haven't seen. This was a bargain-bin find...$2 for a first edition non-remainder HB with flawless cover jacket.

The story, set in the early 1990s, revolves around an explosive situation due to alleged sexual harassment in the workplace. As most are probably aware of, a blockbuster movie was made from it. To Crichton's credit, he attempts at the end to disparage the kind of categorical thinking which, even today, passes as wisdom among our cultural icons.

I'm going to cheat and point any reader that has read this far to goodreads reviewer "Michael" 's review posted on Nov 27, 2010 that begins this way:
"CD-ROMs! Small (aka, hilariously clunky) cell phones! Modems! Virtual reality! Sexual harassment lawsuits! And hey, what's this Internet thing?...." (Careful! There are spoilers.)

I couldn't have said it any better. ( )
  ReneEldaBard | Jan 16, 2019 |
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