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The New Yorker Book of Lawyer Cartoons Hardcover – November 30, 1993
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I recently read The New Yorker Book of Money Cartoons, which encouraged me to read this book. Unfortunately, that book made this one seem a bit inadquate (hence the four star rating). First, there is no witty essay in this one to introduce the subject, unlike Christopher Buckley's outstanding one in the money book. Second, the lawyer humor seems a bit forced to me, compared to the money humor in that book.
While I think this book will appeal to many lawyers and their families, I think that few defendants and plaintiffs will be amused because the humor is often about how lawyers prosper at the client's expense.
It's hard to convey a sense of these cartoons without showing one. Unlike the money cartoons that usually work as quips, these cartoons almost always need visuals to work. Many of them involve lawyers circling like sharks surrounding a potential client, or invoke other old chestnuts of lawyer humor.
The privileged position of the lawyer compared to the client comes through clearly. "I've just about resigned myself to your getting twenty years."
Lawyers are expensive, as is the legal system. "You have a pretty good case Mr. Pitkin. How much justice can you afford?"
The humor works best when it is fresh. My favorite was "May I ask you, Miss Howre, what made you select a homeopathic attorney?Read more ›
Originality isn't a feature point of this New Yorker collection of cartoons, but talent is.
The 85 attorney cartoons largely revolve around two themes. One is surrealistic art which makes attorneys look as uncharacteristically undignified as possible (many of which are variations on the old "shark" joke that shows attorneys in the open water with fins and teeth).
The other is animated commentary on the ubiquitousness of attorneys in everyday life, a ubiquitousness that deprives each attorney of his individuality ("Would everyone check to see if they have an attorney?" asks a meeting-organizer. "I seem to have ended up with two.")
As I say though, the talent of the cartoonists is great enough that the same joke can be replayed several times and still retain a certain amount of freshness each time.
Still, the funniest cartoons are those which break the mold and display some actual knowledge about the profession such as the courtroom setting on the moon, in which judge, jury, and counsel are dutifully wearing spacesuits. The spaceships that transported them there are displayed in the background. "Not ANOTHER change of venue, counselor," the judge protests to one forceful advocate.
But as for the garden-variety attorney jokes, to my mind as a member of the bar myself, the joke is always on the jokester.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny cartoons and the lawyer in your life will get a laugh out of it.Published 1 month ago by wavelink
This "little" book is just 4 inches by 4-1/2 inches in size. Sorry I didn't see that before ordering. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Can't.Stop.Reading
ANY New Yorker cartoons are great. Most of these books feature bios of the cartoonists.Published 4 months ago by David Millson
The joke is on you-- this book is about 4 inches square. It's a fun gift for your favorite lawyer, but think of it as more of a stocking stuffer than the main course.Published 4 months ago by Helen Bull
Bought this for my cousin who loves lawyer jokes. She had fun sharing these cartoons and jokes with her family.Published 5 months ago by Anthony Gonzalez