Thursday, August 10, 2006

Book review

Continuing on the sad kick, I just finished Requiem for a Dream, by Hubert Selby Jr. It was a very good book; one of those ones that is well-written but kind of artsy in a unique way. In this case, all the dialogue was written in a continuous stream, with only the characters' verbal inflections to identify the speaker. It was really weird.

I had heard the movie was good, so I figured the book must be better... and I'm sure it was. But now I don't need/want to see the movie. Addiction is a powerful enemy, and the author skillfully pulled together several elements to show that substance abuse is not the only kind of addiction. Obviously we all know that already, but it's neat to read. Sad story though.

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