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This is one of those rare occasion where the film was better than the book
on 18 May 2017
I will say upfront that I saw the film first and then many years later read the novel. This is one of those rare occasion where the film was better than the book.
The film captured a mood which the author just wasn't able to. Tense, pregnant with expectation and uncertainty, sullen, moody, dark.
The book mostly read as a really long dear diary entry where not much happened. (Not much happened in the film, but the tension got you through).
I found isherwoods style of writing difficult. It was dry and verbose. I felt like he was trying to be clever in places where it just didn't work. The discussion of dreams for example
I also found a lot of it pointless. The excessive focus on each student in his class. The scene with charley. Perhaps it was that way to support the ending of the book - I don't know.
Either way it was difficult to read. I won't be reading anymore of isherwood.