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Taxi Driver by Richard Elman
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Sep 21, 08

bookshelves: fiction, novelizations-and-media-tie-ins
Read in December, 2007, read count: 2

This is the first novelization of a film I've read since I was 9 years old and read William Kotzwinkle's novelization of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. I was expecting Taxi Driver to be a real train wreck (it is, after all, a novelization--a genre barely one step above fotonovelas), but it was actually pretty good. Richard Elman captures the rhythm and cadences of Travis Bickle's speech really well, and there are a lot of creative misspellings and weird punctuation that work to get you inside the character's head in ways that a film can't. Worth reading, at least for curiosity value.
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