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ScribblingMum posted 11/17/2011 08:48 AM

by Hubert Selby.

I never saw the movie...I want to read the book first.

Crushed1 posted 11/17/2011 23:47 PM

I saw the movie, my DD has it and asked me to watch it with her so I did. Really sad...and disturbing on many levels, at least to me.

I like to read the book before seeing a movie too. Sometimes movies can't convey what you get from reading.

Have you started the book yet?

ScribblingMum posted 11/18/2011 10:32 AM

Yes, and it's good, but I know Hubert Selby writes about the underbelly of humanity. This book is tame compared to the rest...:)

I will read Last Exit to Brooklyn's darker though. His books don't have happy endings or happy goings-on-- But, he says a lot about the human capacity for evil/depravity/addiction...those stuck on the bottom rungs of the ladder of life...that can't seem to ever get unstuck.

I'll report back on RFADream book soon...(I'm supposed to be finishing The Lang. of Flowers for my book club first! It's good, BTW)

ScribblingMum posted 11/18/2011 10:34 AM

I haven't seen the movie YET...nor Last Exit to Brooklyn movie...

So much to read first

Crushed1 posted 11/22/2011 23:39 PM

...those stuck on the bottom rungs of the ladder of life...that can't seem to ever get unstuck.

That was what was so sad to me, you want so much for these people to pull out of that stagnant world they live in. Sometimes I am drawn to movies/books with those themes, they're more like real life happenings.

Have you finished reading it yet?

ScribblingMum posted 11/23/2011 08:52 AM

I'm about 1/3 way through cuz I'm reading sev. books right now...:)

It's interesting...I'll report back when I'm finished.

miadianna posted 11/23/2011 19:37 PM

Oh that movie will haunt me forever. I don't know why but it did something awful to me. So disturbing and depressing.

ScribblingMum posted 12/1/2011 00:02 AM

I finished the book. I liked it. Yes, it's sad...but I thought it was a real slice of life...the game show mom part was really interesting to me...
I must see the movie now!

Crushed1 posted 12/6/2011 22:32 PM

I felt so sorry for the mom. Well, all of them really, but mostly her. Enjoy the movie. I don't know how well it follows the book.

StoryHour posted 12/20/2011 21:11 PM

Ah, the systematic destruction of hope. The book depressed me, the movie was worse. I think it should be required reading in high schools though.

As for the movie, Ellen Burstyn NAILED Sara Goldfarb perfectly. I was very pleased with her performance in the film.

Deeply Scared posted 12/21/2011 09:49 AM

I loved both the book and the movie...but it is a very depressing story.

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