I'm not usually one to watch the film first, however, in my defence, I had never planned on reading the book. In the end I enjoyed the film so much I couldn't wait to read the book as I expected it be even more enjoyable. Not the case. The film was very faithful to the overall story and even more dramatic and (dare I say, romantic) than the book was. While I didn't dislike the book, reading it didn't add anything to my overall experience of the film. This is one instance where watching the film was actually more enjoyable.
The gritty short stories in this book are fantastic. I've long thought that his short stories far outshine his novels and this collection doesn't disappoint. There are no happy endings here!
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