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Cracks by Sheila Kohler
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Jul 07, 2012

it was ok

I read this book after seeing the movie, which was beautiful and complex. The book... was a bit weird. Okay, it was really disturbing. The movie created a compelling triangle between Miss G, Di and Fiamma, which made the entire film captivating. In the movie, Di was headstrong and powerful. Miss G was complex... projecting herself as a femme fatale to the girls and a frightening bully to Fiamma... all the while really being a mentally ill shut-in. And, Fiamma was confident, kind and really just looking for home. Di vied for Miss G. Miss G. vied for Fiamma. And, both couldn't make sense of how Fiamma could ever fit in their world. The book never played to these dynamics. Di was hardly noticeable; Fiamma was a snobby bore; and Miss G was purely driven by her lustful appetite for Fiamma. The book's ending was ghastly. But, I still give the book props to the book for painting a unique setting (South Africa for the book, compared to 1930s England for the movie) and the quick writing style. But, yeah--just go see the movie.

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