Authors have the incredible skills to make their works mimic life to an extraordinary level, and vice versa. In this Hemingway book, a man named Harry Morgan is trying to provide for his family as much as he can, though their bond is weakening. His wife and daughters are his priority, so he prepares himself to risk his life for extra money -- and hopefully to take them out of their financial struggles. Harry illegally transports foreign peoples between Cuba and the Floridian area of Key West. Hemingway used a familiar approach to writing this book, and his fans will remember it: the gritty reality of life. For example, Harry loses his arm, he does not have the same love for his wife that he used to, and the atmosphere commonly contains a feeling of despair. However, this allows for a more enduring, sympathetic experience. Hemingway is excellent with showing readers the power of man and his ability to overcome his adversities. Rating: 4.5 of 5 @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I agree. The movie is really good but the book is in an entirely different universe. Is Puzo's " The Godfather" not as good as, if not better than its movie?. The story is the writer's to tell, but the the director's to interpret. The burden to succeed is greater for the director. But then there are the exceptions where a movie director succeeds in leaping into that "other wordly" experience. Curtiz was able to do so but a lot of the story had to be dropped and reconfigured for film.
Unexpectedly original in a unique way that cannot justify not watching the film.
The rare case where the film is much better than the book.
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