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Okay, I guess, but kind of disjointed
on August 28, 2017
Yeah, the book was kind of disjointed, but I took that as a literary necessity to reflect the struggles of a man trying to recover a lost identity. The book is a series of improbabilities piled on top of each other as a single man is able to outwit the intrigues of underworld and government forces who are trying their best to take him down. Okay, the willing suspension of disbelief will get you past all this, but the sticking point for me was his woman--a victim turned into a willing confidant, an economics expert from Canada who willingly sacrificed her own history and career to support his struggle to identify his true self. I found the movie's selection of a vagabond sidekick to be much more plausible--a German woman, an amateur at everything, a likable enough person with no professional or personal life keeping her from merging her life with his. The routine killing was a routine event in the book, more so than in the movie, which seems at first blush to be a bit farfetched, but at second thought uncomfortably close to the daily reality we seem to be drifting towards. For me, the movie was a better experience than the book, but the book might be a good follow-up for those of you that really liked the movie and want to see what inspired it. So yeah, go ahead and read the book if you've got nothing better to do with your time.