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"What ?" I don't know how many times the characters say that but it becomes very annoying. In fact, all of the dialogue is strangely jerky and drown out and so is the delivery. If the reader had performed it organically I think it would have worked out better. Just didn't sound like any conversations I've ever had.
I seldom read a book that was so improved by the movie. In the movie the struggle between the two generations is more apparent and of vital importance within the context of the Baby-boomer generation. I also found myself really disliking the Benjamin in the book. He carries on like a little b**** the whole time. He has few redeeming qualities. And I could never understand why Elian would be in love with him. For the book I'm left with a very strong feeling that the relationship is going to crash and burn. Within a few months one could readily imagine Elian married to Carl after all and Benjamin in boot camp.
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There is so much hype surrounding the film version (which I still haven't seen) that when I found the book on sale I figured I'd see what the fuss is about. I can only assume that the film fills in the gaps...The characters seemed very one dimensional and the main character seemed both whiny and creepy. Mrs. Robinson seems so predatory. A lot of the novel is he said this, she did that. It seems like something a high schooler wrote, lacking in depth and without any flourish. I was disappointed, but I will still watch the film version because I believe that the right acting could make all the difference and add dimension to the glaring gaps and one-dimensionality witnessed here.