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The film's better as it cut's down the suffering time..
on April 8, 2012
I saw the film first. It's better and it's worse, depending on what you want out of the story.
1) If you're a woman who wants to suffer every little thought and problem of the 'heroine', and then suffer all the constant feelings of guilt, and finally suffer with others while they suffer, then you definitely need to read the book. It's full of it.
The book goes into absorbing detail of all her guilt and suffering and will probably take you most of a week to read. It simply isn't one of those stories you can fly through, there is far too much detailed suffering.
2) If you're a relatively normal person the book will become excruciating. It goes on and on and on, mostly about how guilty she is to be working and not looking after her children full time and partly about how she is 'shown up' because her pies for the school bake are shop-bought and not home made. Ad nauseum.
The film is the best way to view this story; however even the film is mostly downright stupid. Why did I buy the book after seeing the movie? Because of an abiding implausible belief that the book is usually better than the screenplay.
Sorry, this time it's not.