"The piano" is one of my favourite films, full of ambiguity, beautifully made, with some of the most stunning visual images I have ever seen in film. The reasons for why 'the piano' works so well as a film, however, are the main reasons for why it works so badly as a book. The writing just does not deliver being of a very pragmatic nature, bland and unimaginitive. As a novel by itself, I doubt it would have been published without the backing of the film (although worse has been). The book does, however, give more insight into the Ada's life before arriving in New Zealand,how she became pregnant and her thoughts and feelings in general which some readers might be interested in. All in all; good if you're studying the film for a course, bad if you reading the book because you liked the film.