The writer Barry Varkel describes the book at such
The genesis of the story-line for Nigiri Law came about as a result of a very weird divorce case I was involved in with a client who couldn’t really speak much English. Many a time after seeing the client, I would think to myself “this is really funny stuff, well to me at least”.
One Saturday morning, while trying to relax with a bottle of prescription medication after a gruelling week of fighting the good fight against the forces of litigation evil on behalf of my numerous insane clients, I started playing around with the idea in my head of perhaps writing a stand-up comedy piece about the case.
I started banging away at the computer keyboard when the pills ran out, and it kind of took flight from there. I sent some of the initial work to a lawyer mate who seemed to enjoy it. It was then that I realised it was very much more a narrative piece than a stand-up comedy piece. It was meant to be a short story only. Never a short novel.
Almost every odd Saturday morning, I would wake up early and bang out a segment. It probably took me about just under a year to finish it.
The story is a massive send up of the fallibility of the human condition when it comes to romantic relationships, the imperfection of the legal system and the genuine insanity of the lawyers and judges who participate in it.
It’s a way out and irreverent story that is purely meant to entertain the reader in the genre of black comedy, crime story and courtroom drama.
The book is available at Book Lounge in Roeland Street Cape Town
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