Manuela asked:

Is it still worth reading if you've seen the movie (and loved it)?

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George Mitton Yes. Although you know the plot in advance (the film is a fairly faithful adaptation), the sense of impending tragedy is, in my view, more intense in the novel than in the film. There is a claustrophobic horror to the novel that the film only partially captures.
KT My answer is going to be very biased. This book is one of my favorites. I loved the book and I loved the movie. Of all the book-to-movie adaptations I've seen, Requiem for a Dream was one of the best as far as staying true to the source goes. Since you loved the movie, I'd say "Sure! Why not?".
Just be warned, the writing style can trip you up a bit at first. Hubert Selby Jr. doesn't like punctuation. You will see many run-on sentences. Forget about quotation marks. I was having a hard time with it at first, but then I got used to it. If anything, it really makes you feel like you are experiencing the story. To me, it made the book even more powerful.
Hope this helps!
Dave Yes because Selby's writing style is one of a kind. He captures the sounds of streets he walked as an addict in modernist style, communicating his profound empathy and insight into humanity to the reader in a way that only literature can do.
Marnie Z I read the book after watching the movie and enjoyed both
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