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Sep 06, 12
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Sep 06, 2012 03:33PM
Thought you'd enjoy it! Life of Pi next?
Sep 07, 2012 12:36AM
No, I think I might hold off Life of Pi until I've seen the film so that I can experience it at the cinema without pre-conceptions (read: bawl my eyes out in a pathetic manner.) I think I may have accidentally spoilered myself a little with the trailer though, that's why I paniced and decided to hold on. But I thought I might benefit from having read this before going to see the film.
[I was pleasantly surprised by how subtlety handled the linking between the stories was. I was expecting it to end on a big crescendo that revealed a huge over-arching story threaded throughout the whole thing that basically said !!!IT'S RE-INCARNATION Y'ALL!!!
But aside from the little conceit about each character coming across the story of the layer that envelopes theirs (a diary, letters, etc.) and the occasional vague mention of a comet shaped birthmark, that's it. The rest is up to you, read as much or as little as you want. View it as six totally independent stories or the story of two souls forever bumping into each other as they travel down through the centuries.
At least I think that's what I got. May have missed something.
I get the impression from both the trailers, that they've added some more action/chase scenes and the whole re-incarnation idea is going to be front and centre. Not judging whether that will be good or bad, just the impression I get.
Sep 07, 2012 04:38AM
Hmm, I would still recommend reading Life of Pi before the film... can't say too much because of spoilers, but I can't see how the film is going to capture a certain brilliant moment in the book. I also think it's going to lose a lot of the wry humour of the book; film looks like it's going for Big Beautiful Spectacle, while the book is very much an intimate character study of one boy/man.
In short: Read it! *grin*
Sep 07, 2012 05:05AM
Yes, but that is why I don't want to read it first. I'm hoping to see the film and get all the big beautiful ooh! ahh! moments.
Then read the book and get all of the 'other' ooh! ahh! and of course! moments.
I'm worried if I read the book first I'll end up grumping over the bits that will inevitably get dropped and it'll stop me enjoying the film for what it is.
I'll probably fold, especially as it comes out the day go on holiday, so I won't be able to see it until it's been out for three weeks. It's entirely possible (although unlikely) that I may have to wait until it comes out on DVD.
I need to make sure I've read
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
before the middle of November though. And maybe one or two more books on the Vietnam/Cambodia axis.
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