I wasnt quite sure if I liked this or not when I finished it. I rented the movie
( and the movie was actually better than book surprisingly) and gained a much bigger appreciation for the book. The story itself is very good but the writing is a little drab. And I couldnt help but strongly dislike Briony, the main character.
I try never to see the movie before reading the book, but in this case i did see the movie first. I loved the movie, it had me in tears. It also made me pick up the book. Because i had watched the movie first i think i enjoyed the book so much. I already had an understanding of the what, when and whys of the story. This is a story that you must follow carefully and will not know just what has happened until the end if you only read the book, but as with the movie....once again i was in tears. I'm sappy for a read like this...i love them. Novel is a bit deep, i love the era and the layers building up to the climax, when you are finished, on the last page, you just go...Wow, never saw that coming. Awsome read.
Wonderful read - took me a little while to get into it, but I was glad I stuck with it through the first hundred pages or so.
I was really surprised at how much I disliked this book. It's one of those rarities where the movie was more enjoyable to me than the book. I couldn't even finish it because it just dragged on and on and the author was so redundant about the little girl and her fixation on her writings that it just bored me to tears.