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The Conformist by Alberto Moravia
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Oct 11, 09

Read in September, 2009

For years I've been a huge fan of Bertolucci's film adaptation of The Conformist, and am now a huge fan of Moravia's book that inspired it.

I'm not sure I can recall ever reading a piece of "literature" that I would also qualify as a page-turner (with no offense meant to either category).

An unmistakable sign that a book is good, in my opinion: I missed my train stop one evening while reading, so engaged was I in this masterful probing of an ordinary but psychologically tormented man hellbent on achieving normality in Fascist Italy.

I plan on seeing the film again soon, not so much to compare it to the book, but because I find the story so thought-provoking and worthy of examination.

I generally feel a film is a success if it sends one back to the source material; in this instance, I feel as though I may be going back and forth for a while as I ponder Moravia's question of what "normal" means.
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Stephen For years I've been a huge fan of Bertolucci's film adaptation of The Conformist, and am now a huge fan of Moravia's book that inspired it.

I'm not sure I can recall ever reading a piece of "literature" that I would also qualify as a page-turner (with no offense meant to either category).

An unmistakable sign that a book is good, in my opinion: I missed my train stop one evening while reading, so engaged was I in this masterful probing of an ordinary but psychologically tormented man hellbent on achieving normality in Fascist Italy.

I plan on seeing the film again soon, not so much to compare it to the book, but because I find the story so thought-provoking and worthy of examination.

I generally feel a film is a success if it sends one back to the source material; in this instance, I feel as though I may be going back and forth for a while as I ponder Moravia's question of what "normal" means.


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