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DISCLOSURE — “The Way We Were”

July 13, 2011

Disclosure

by Michael Crichton

Ballantine Books

$7.99, 497 pages

There are two things at work here. Crichton (Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain) is a master “get them to turn the page” writer. He also wants to use sexual harassment as a kind of Rorschach test to get us examining how we really feel about man versus women in the workplace. He does this by reversing the usual situation. Disclosure is about a man who claims to be sexually harassed by his new female boss.

I liked the high-tech personalities and found the advanced computer development challenges interesting, even exciting. This is a 100% credible peek behind the curtain. However the struggle (with a few fresh and a few predictable twists) seemed subservient to the theme. Based on an actual case, I wish Michael Crichton had just let loose instead. It got me thinking and turning pages, but Ultimately I wanted more of an emotional arc that would lead to some sense of fulfillment. In other words, to quote Edward G. Robinson, “I wanted more.”

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