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the romeo and juliet of the deep south,
This review is from: The Wild Life of Sailor and Lula (Gifford, Barry) (Paperback)
a follow-up to "wild at heart," the book that inspired the movie by the same name, directed by david lynch. this book is written in mini-stories that follow lula, pace and sailor as they grow up, skipping great spans of time at the climax of each story to bring you to the next noteworthy event in their lives. intertwined themes and characters make for an adventure you'll not soon forget.
the first story is called "sailor's holiday" and was previously published as a stand-alone book. if you're navigating your way through the wild world of the former denizens of big tuna, you'll not need to duplicate your purchase. just read "the wild life of sailor and lula" and you'll have "sailor's holiday" as well.
anyway, with that little piece of advice out of the way, i have to say that i LOVE this book. "wild at heart" was a fun read, and normally i would recommend reading the book before you see the movie, but in this case, i have to say it was pretty fun imagining laura dern and nicholas cage growing old together.
some of the changes made in the movie version negate plot twists that we get in this book, but like i said, very fun to read. another interesting aspect: mr. gifford has a sparse writing style. the chapters tend to be no more than 2 or 3 pages, so where most writers would leave you feeling like you'd missed something by having so few words telling their story, he manages to capture only the most important details and let them do the talking.
another book that ties in is "perdita durango." it follows one of the minor characters from "wild at heart." it's also been made into a movie "dance with the devil." so there, i've spoiled your weekend. go check out these books and movies, lay off the booze, get some tasty snacks and frosty beverages and stay in the house for a change.
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Initial post: Dec 19, 2007 12:03:31 PM PST
N. M. Saunders says:
Good review, but make sure you get the international (German or Spanish to my knowledge) version of Perdita Durango. It's an extended version and a completely different film.
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