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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, December 29, 2003
This review is from: Feeling Minnesota (Mass Market Paperback)
This book was a disappointment from many points of view. Overall it seemed like the author hadn't seen the movie more than once, or possibly twice, and had no real understanding of the overall theme, meaning or atmosphere of the movie or its characters. Generally when a movie is made from a book, lots of details that are written in dialog or descriptive passages must be left out or the movie, or compressed into visual images and symbols. Unfortunately, in this instance of a movie being made into a book the author seems to have been unable to decipher, or possibly even to detect, the visual images and symbols of the movie, and so their meanings were not expressed at all in the book. Instead the author tries to fill in with a few extra scenes or filler sections which do nothing to bring extra meaning to the story or clarity to the characters. Even the dialog from the movie, which is poetically spartan and well written as far as accurately reproducing the word usage of the class and decade, was badly modified in this book, losing both meaning and rhythm, and being replaced or "augmented" with dialog which is largely meaningless. Overall I'd give this book 2 stars, only because it does manage to spell most words correctly and mostly uses proper grammar. A waste of the postage and handling charges to have it delivered. Finally, this exceedingly funny dark comedy movie has been rendered into a book that is not funny at all. I suggest you get the CDs of the soundtrack (the music is great) and the movie itself instead.
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