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L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy
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Aug 02, 2009

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Reading this made me appreciate just how good a job the screenwriters did when adapting it for film. Don't get me wrong, the book is good--suspenseful, expansive, a proper *big* novel--but it feels, particularly at the end, like everything including the bloodied kitchen sink has gone into it. Drugs? Check. Prostitution? Check. Child molesters, women haters, police corruption, organised crime, Los Angeles highway system? Cheeeeck. Also, a few of the characters feel like near-carbon copies of each other: Inez Soto and Lynn Bracken are nearly interchangeable, Ed Exley and Jack Vincennes are both defined by a terrible secret they've been concealing. It's a very enjoyable read, but once it's done, it's entertainment. It doesn't stick with me as speaking to the human condition--and that's fine, except I think Ellroy intended it to be more profound, and more lingering, than it is.
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Kate To your first sentence: YES!!!!!

My thoughts EXACTLY! It can no longer always be said that "the book was way better than the movie."

Jonesmikey You missed Disneyland as one of your checks, hahaha.

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