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The Bourne Identity (Bourne, Bk 1)
The Bourne Identity - Bourne, Bk 1
Author: Robert Ludlum
Jason Bourne. — He has no past. And he may have no future. His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. — There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he sa...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553260113
ISBN-10: 0553260111
Publication Date: 3/1/1984
Pages: 544
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3.8 stars, based on 489 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 15
I read "The Bourne Identity" after seeing the film and I enjoyed both though the book was better. In modernizing the time of the story for the film, new technologies come into play making Bourne's flight through Europe almost impossible because he could be tracked via cell phone signals, satellite imagery, email and the Internet. In the book there are none of these modern devices, allowing Bourne and his female companion more time to plan and act. I also prefer Maria in the book because she actually has useful skills. In the film she is just there as a convenient ride away from the initial confrontation and later hangs onto Bourne out of Stockholm syndrome. It was refreshing to see her have useful skills and a more robust personality than she does in the film.
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Helpful Score: 3
Dare I say it? This is one of the very cases in which I preferred the movie to the book. I picked up the novel after having seen the film starring Matt Damon, thinking to find a similar plot (though, of course, we all know movie plots always are changed). However, the book is extremely different. Honestly, I found Jason Bourne to be more of a "thinker" than a "doer" in the novel. Which, therefore, made it a far more boring read for me. Again, this is simply my opinion. It was still a decent book and I don't necessarily discourage one from reading it - just a warning that it is quite, quite different from the movie and I found it difficult to be fully absorbed by the novel.
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Helpful Score: 2
Robert Ludlum's best book ever, IMHO!!

Much better than the movie(a pale imitation).
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Helpful Score: 2
Unlike the movie, Ludlum engages Robert Bourne in an unbelievable series of events that draw him all across Europe. It's one of those reads that until you finish the novel you don't realize just how bizarre the trip is because you are so caught up in the events. This is one book you won't put down once you start reading it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Reads more like a movie than the movie was like a movie.
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A fast paced thriller - much better than the movie (and very different from the movie). I recommend it.
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Great beginning but the rest of the plot never seemd to match it. Hate to say it but I enjoyed the film more.
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I read this book when the movie first came out. It is a little confusing but once you get into it, it's just as amazing as the movie.

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