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The Wild Things by Dave Eggers
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Oct 24, 09

Read in October, 2009

I suspect the only reason I finished this book was because I loved the movie so much that it haunted me. I found myself picturing the film while reading the book which is possible for a good portion of the book. However, Dave Eggers admittedly departed from the movie at times and added his own spin on the Spike Jonze/Dave Eggers penned script. While the book should resonate with me, the movie is simply too strong that I find myself strangely unmoved by the book's conclusion. In fact, I have a few problems with the the departures made by Mr. Eggers in the book. Perhaps the movie is so perfectly crafted (like a Salinger short story) that interpretation is left almost entirely up to the audience member. I feel I have more power and agree with the sentiment of the movie because I am largely the one to ascribe its meaning. The novel is bit more inaccessible because Dave Eggers is king of The Wild Things and I am left a bit powerless. I have no idea how I would have felt about this book had the movie never been existed, but it does and for that, I am so thankful!
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Reading Progress

10/20/2009 page 41
14.24% "I'm not sure the brilliance of the film will translate well into written word. The writing seems a bit anemic, but I'll give it a shot." 2 comments
10/21/2009 page 73
25.35% "Enjoying the book quite a bit more. I think that the abrupt shift in writing styles was to blame. Look for a cool interview in quotes."
10/22/2009 page 141
48.96% "Max has finally joined the Wild Things on the island AND I am loving this book. Eggers has departed from the film, but he told me he would."
10/23/2009 page 211
73.26% "Still enjoying. Interested to read more Dave Eggers. Need to see the movie again:-)"

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