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Waltz With Bashir by Ari Folman
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Sep 24, 11

Read on September 24, 2011

I loved the movie. When I saw this book on remainder at my local bookstore, I bought it. I still love the movie, and as an adaptation of the movie, this is pretty darned good. The art is breathtaking, and the pacing quick, disorienting. I do remember finding the movie far more gripping. That said, I find both the movie and the novel difficult in that the narrative is entirely told from the point of view of the Israeli soldiers in the 1982 Lebanon War. Don't get me wrong, this is an important point of view. But I am at a loss without the point of view of those who survived the massacre, of those who survived what the soldiers witnessed. That said, I still recommend the movie more than the book. The movie has a soundtrack that is as essential as the visual art in portraying its points about memory, PTSD, and culpability.

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