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Review: The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Heath Ledger.
Based on: characters by Bob Kane
Genre: Superhero / Action
Released: July 18 2008
by Warner Bros. Pictures
Running time: 152 minutes (2 hours, 32 minutes)
Cert: 12 (BBFC) PG-13 (MPAA)
Rating: ★★★★★

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Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes.
I remember seeing a tiny advert for this film on Yahoo Mail back in 2008 and I nearly screamed. I was so excited for it. As I've said before, I love Batman and my excitement peaked when the trailer was released. I hadn't heard of Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart or Maggie Gyllenhaal and didn't expect much from them. At least Maggie Gyllenhaal isn't Katie Holmes.

Once again, I was impressed by the plot; the screenplay was written exceptionally well. However, the story is quite hard to grasp when you watch for the first time. The beginning scene is a little bit confusing because the one character that is discussed throughout it -the Joker - doesn't appear until the end. I like how there are multiple events that are joined together; it really gave the plot some body.

I thought that the plot would be perfect, until a love triangle was introduced. Love triangles are incredibly clichéd to me and the triangle between Bruce, Rachel and Harvey felt quite unnecessary to me. It didn't add anything to the plot, but that's partly due to the fact that I think that Bruce should have a non-existent love life.

You can probably guess what I thought of Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman's performances from my review of Batman Begins, so I'll move on.

I preferred Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance as Rachel to Katie Holmes'. And it's not because I don't like Katie Holmes. I felt that Gyllenhaal made Rachel a much more likeable character who is somewhat kinder than in Batman Begins.

The one negative thing I have to say about Heath Ledger's Joker is that the character was incredibly unfamiliar to me. When you're used to a genuine lunatic who has bleached skin and maniacally laughs constantly, a self-mutilated dude who wears make-up seems alien. Despite that, I enjoyed the performance; it was fresh and different. Ledger definitely deserved his Academy Award.

I'm not too familiar with the character of Harvey Dent (Two-Face), but I do imagine that he would be like how Aaron Eckhart portrayed him; driven mad by a series of misfortunes that have fell on him. I am very glad that Eckhart's performance was nothing like Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever.

Like I said in my review for Batman Begins, this film is very realistic, which is a good thing because if it wasn't, it would be ridiculous. The realistic aspect makes the film more believable, but a bit of fantasy doesn't hurt sometimes. Two-Face's face was kind of a bridge between real and fantasy, because how he looks made me feel sick, but something like that wouldn't really happen.

The score is pretty similar to Batman Begins, but has a lot of new additions. I loved the Joker's theme; it really captured his psychopathic nature perfectly. I also liked how some of the action scenes have no music whatsoever, it seemed appropriate and was done very effectively.

Unlike Batman Begins, this film only has two locations; Gotham City and Hong Kong. I liked how Batman goes to Hong Kong, it shows that his jurisdiction is international and people can't hide from him. The airial shots of skyscrapers are beautifully done; you feel like you're actually up there with Batman.

Since Wayne Manor burnt down at the end of Batman Begins, Bruce now lives in a penthouse that I would kill to own. Seriously, I want that apartment, it is stunning. I liked how a penthouse was used, as it is incredibly reminiscent of the Batman comics produced from 1960 to the 1980s. That was a nice touch for the retro Batman fans, like my dad.

I couldn't tell if the outdoor Gotham scenes were miniatures, a build set or the actual streets of Chicago, since it was torn up quite a lot. I found it quite odd how the city streets were empty in some scenes, since Gotham City is a major city in the USA of the DC Universe. Even in the middle of the night, there should be traffic. Hmm...

I enjoyed this film more than its predecessor, I felt that the performances were exceptionally fantastic. However, I wasn't too fond of the love triangle thing and Christian Bale's growl was even more silly (due to digital enhancement). I would definitely recommend this film.

Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Classic / Romance
Released: November 2005 (first published 1925)
by Penguin Modern Classics
Source: Received from college for study
Rating: ★

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Day and night Jay Gatsby's mansion on West Egg buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby - young, handsome, fabulously rich - always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, although no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret longing that can never be fulfilled.

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusion of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for in chronicling Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald re-creates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.
I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now, and since I have to read it for college, I bumped it straight to the top of my book reviews list. I've heard and read great things about this book so I really hope it is as good as all the top critics say. The cover of the book is really nice, is captures the basic elements of what the book is about. I was really hoping that we didn't get the little green books to read, since they have really boring cover (no pictures, just text).

If I had a quid for every time Gatsby says "old sport", I would be considerably wealthy for a person of my age. No matter how much I tried to, I just couldn't get into this book. The whole thing is incredibly slow and the pace doesn't quicken at any time. I wasn't too impressed with the characters either.

Out of all the main characters (Nick, Gatsby, Daisy, Tom and Jordan), I disliked Gatsby and Daisy the most. They're incredibly shallow and selfish people and that really turned me off. Gatsby is the worse of the two, he's incredibly conceited and cares only about himself enough to actually tear Daisy and Tom's marriage apart. He is not "great" at all, like the title of the book says he is. His death didn't phase me as shocking at all. He got what he deserved for breaking up a marriage for his own selfish reasons and killing a woman in a hit and run.

I wish the book had been about Nick more. He was a much more interesting character and I wanted to know more about him other than what the completely pointless opening three paragraphs say. I thought that his relationship with Jordan was particularly interesting - more so than Daisy and Gatsby's. More about Nick would've impressed me more than Gatsby's back story being told two or three times. I just wasn't interested in reading about it.

One of my biggest pet peeves in books (because I'm picky like that) is a single-digit number of chapters that are incredibly long. This book does have two more chapters than Of Mice and Men, but they're incredibly long and my attention span isn't long enough to trawl through a 32-page chapter where nothing happens.

This book has the 'pleasure' of being rewarded my first 1 star rating. I just couldn't get into this book, no matter how hard I tried. The length of the chapters really started to grate on my just as much as Gatsby's constant utterance of "old sport". I wanted to put this book down and never pick this up again, but I just couldn't do that, since this book is a part of my AS level English Literature exam. Oh joy.

Review: Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

Breakfast on Pluto
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson.
Based on: the novel by Pat McCabe
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Released: 16 November 2005
by Sony Pictures Classic and Pathé
Running time: 135 minutes (2 hours, 15 minutes)
Cert: 15 (BBFC) R (MPAA)
Rating: ★★★★★
A foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age in the 1970s. He leaves his Irish town in part to look for his mother and in part because his transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding. He's taken in by a rock band, falls for the lead singer, has brushes with the IRA, is arrested by the London police, works in a peep show, and poses as a survey researcher for the phone company. Throughout, his nationality and his nature put him at great risk. In his search for his mother, he makes surprising discoveries of friendship and family. But, will he survive?
I remember coming across this film when looking through Cillian Murphy's filmography on IMDb's iPod app. The colourful poster drew me in so I read the brief summary and liked the sound of it. The cast got my interested further (especially Liam Neeson who is amazeballs) and I just had to buy the DVD. I'm always interested to see what some men look like when they dress as women and from the stills I've seen; Cillian Murphy makes a very pretty girl. The DVD box art is nice; it's got rainbows on it! If you saw me tweet "IT'S HERE OMG EXCITEMENT AND SUGAR AAAAAAA!!!!" you'll know how excited I was to watch this film.

Before I continue, I would just like to say that, thanks to this film, I have seen Liam Neeson fly and Cillian Murphy in a bra.

I really like the plot, as I've said; transvestites will always fascinate me (especially male ones). Also, one of my favourite cultures (the Irish) and eras (the 1970s) are combined. Even though the main plot is touching, I laughed all the way through this film. Well, except for one part...

WARNING! SPOILERS!

The IRA plays a part in the film, especially when Lawrence (who has Down syndrome) dies when a bomb is set off in the village. I don't usually cry at films, but I did get quite teary at this point. Especially at the funeral afterwards. It's the slow motion that emphasises it. Other than that, I laughed until I couldn't breathe while watchting this film. The book is definitely on my to-read list,

Before watching, I'd only heard of two cast members - Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson. However, I do think that the cast members suited their characters. I can't really say if they portrayed them correctly though, since I haven't read the book.

I loved Cillian Murphy's performance as Kitten (I know that Kitten's name is actually Patrick but for this review, we'll call him Kitten). I just have to say that the fake girl voice had me in kinks the first time I heard it, then it started to sound natural. I especially liked how Murphy portrayed Kitten as somewhat delusional at times, it added to the humour. He definitely deserved that Golden Globe nomination.

What can I say about Liam Neeson other than that he is awesome? For someone who is Northern Irish, Neeson does a very convincing sourthern Irish accent (there is a difference). I was quite disappointed that Father Liam (that's the name of his character) didn't have more screen time, he was an awesome character played by an awesome actor.

I wasn't alive in the 1970s, and I've never been to Ireland. However, I felt that the film was very realistic as many of the events surrounding the IRA did happen. You probably shouldn't listen to my judgements on how realistic something set in the past is though, because I won't have experienced it first-hand. I do love the realistic aspect of the film though. It makes it more believable and enjoyable.

I tend to be fussy about films that don't have scores and used liscenced music from recording artists, but this film pulls it off incredibly well. The songs that are used are from the era and are used at the most appropriate of times. I did hum them wile watching since they are so catchy. I even liked the short inclusion of The Wombling Song.

As I said before, I've never been to Ireland, but I do want to because it looks so pretty. I liked how the beginning was set in a small Irish village rather than one of the large cities like Dublin. It wouldn't have the same effect of alienation and being an outcast that Kitten has at the beginning.

I liked how very few landmarks were shown in the London scenes. Nearly every film set in London shows every single landmark and this one only shows Big Ben, the tube stations and the back streets. I liked seeing that part of London because it shows how seedy and dangerous the city can be.

I really, really, really enjoyed this film. I first watched it after having a bad day and it cheered me right up. It's both funny and heart-warming  had me laughing all the way through. The cast is wonderful, as is the music. I highly recommend this film!

Review: Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine and Liam Neeson
Based on: characters by Bob Kane
Genre: Superhero / Action
Released: June 15 2005
by Warner Bros Pictures
Running time: 140 minutes (2 hours, 20 minutes)
Cert: 12 (BBFC) PG-13 (MPAA)
Rating:★★★★

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In the wake of his parents' murders, disillusioned heir Bruce Wayne travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred, detective Jim Gordon and his ally Lucius Fox, Wayne returns to Gotham City and unleashes his alter ego; Batman, a masked crusader who uses strength, intellect and an array of high-tech weaponry to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.
I love Batman. That is something I would never lie about. And honestly, I'd never heard of Christopher Nolan before watching this film and I was hoping that it would be absolutely nothing like the giant shit that Joel Schumacher took on the Batman franchise with Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. I guess that I didn't know what to expect because I wasn't familiar with the director or his style.

Reboots and origin stories are hard to execute. They have to be done right and here, David S. Goyer has done it perfectly. The plot of the film is incredibly gripping and a lot more realistic than previous Batman films. The beginning is quite mismatched because the time and location switches around without warning. It can get a little confusing when you're watching the film for the first time.

WARNING! SPOILERS!

Origin stories fascinate me because every writer will have their own version, but with the main element always staying the same. In this case, the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne in front of their son's eyes. It is a pretty powerful scene and it's really tense but there's one thing I picked up on: they went to see Mefistofele, an opera, rather than going to the cinema to see The Mark of Zorro which has a lot more significance (if you read Batman, you'll know what I mean). Mefistofele does have a little bit of significance because the monsters who look a bit like bats (the young Bruce has chiroptophobia - a fear of bats) scare Bruce into asking his parents to leave the theatre.

I give the biggest kudos to whoever did the casting as the chose the perfect cast. I have a ramble, so I'll try to keep it short and fangirl-free.

Christian Bale is my favourite live action Batman (second overall) and he completely made the character his own. He really captured Batman's rage and made the best Bruce Wane I've ever seen. I wasn't too fond of the growling though. It ended up sounding a bit silly.

I loved Michael Caine's performance of Alfred. It was nice to see an Alfred who doesn't speak like a member of the Royal Family. Michael Caine was perfect for the part and performed incredibly well.

Liam Neeson is one of my favourite actors and it was great to see him play a villain. He made for an excellent Ra's al Ghul. However, I did think that he would pronounce his own character's name correctly. Ra's al Ghul is pronounced Raish al Ghul, not Raaz al Ghul, like it is here.

I'm glad that Scarecrow was chosen to be in the flm and even more glad that Cillian Murphy played him. I really liked how he showed Dr. Crane as a croocked psychiatrist who becomes increasingly more crooked as the film progresses rather than being deranged from the start.

I don't know much about Lucius Fox, but Morgan Freeman owns every character he plays, especially Fox. Gary Oldman also owned his role of Jim Gordon, he really should've had more screen time.

I really didn't like Katie Holmes' character Rachel. There's just something about Original Characters that grind my gears. It's like the story is one of those shape things that a baby plays with and an Original Character is a sqaure peg being pushed into the round hole. To me, they just don't fit.

Compared to Leslie H. Martinson (1966), Tim Burton (1989 and 1992) and Joel Schumacher's (1995 and 1997) films, this film is one of the most realistic Batman films you'll find (apart from the 1940's serials). Not a single character has powers and things like that are simply hinted at (like Ra's al Ghul's immortality). It think it's good that the film is realistic because if it wasn't, it would be ridiculous (take Schumacher's abomination Batman and Robin, for example).

Fortunately, there are no songs from major recording artists (in other words, pop stars) featured in this film, just an amazing orchestrated score which suits the scenes and nature of the film just perfectly. Plus, there isn't a single note to be heart of a theme song that shall not be named or any other theme song that gets stuck in your head at the most inappropriate of times. Kudos to the composers!

Now, Gotham City isn't a real place, that's fairly obvious. However, it does look how a city of its kind woujld look. I liked how the city was shown from the highest and lowest locations, which shows to me how Batman is everywhere in Gotham. I also liked how nearly all of the city scenes take place at night.

I love seeing how Wayne Manor is varied in different mediums and, thankfully, the manor is shown to be a bit more "American". What I mean by that is, in previous incarnations, the manor is shown to have suits of armour on display. America didn't exist in the days of suits of armour and stuff like hat, so why the hell would they be family heirlooms in Wayne Manor? Fortunately, there aren't any here. Nolan definitely chose a good house to film in.

I liked how Arkham Asylum wasn't presented as a loony bin that's falling apart from the inside, as it usually is. I've never been to a mental hospital, but I imagine that one would look like the Arkham Asylum here. It was nice to see the Asylum in one piece.

The landscapes for the scenes in the Himalayas (it's actually Iceland) are beautiful. The mountains are gorgeous and add to the feeling of isolation that the beginning of the film has.

If it weren't for me not liking Katie Holmes (and her character) and thinking that the Batman growl got a bit silly, this film would've had five stars from me. This is a really enjoyable film with an excellent story, brilliant cast (minus Katie bloody Holmes) and memorable characters. I highly recommend, so go watch!

Review: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler
Series: Phillip Marlowe #1
Genre: Adult Mystery
Released: July 2005 (first released 1939)
by Penguin
Source: Purchased
Rating: ★★★★

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'Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.'

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse..

I had originally read the opening chapter of this book to use as a stimulus for my GCSE English coursework and I was initially impressed by that opening chapter and had to read the rest of the book. The cover is very nice and has a pulp feel to it.

I was very impressed by this book. I loved Marlowe's character of the witty and wise Private Detective who tells it like it is. In my opinion, he is a real man. Carmen Sternwood was one of the more confusing characters, I was very unsure of what she was doing most of the time. Or why she constantly giggled. This book can be very confusing if you don't pay close attention to the plot.

WARNING! SPOILERS!

The prose is fantastic and the way Chandler describes things in Marlowe's voice is superb, he shows how observative Private Detectives are and how they analyse things. The book really felt like a 1940's noir film. Except it's set in 1939.

One thing that strikes me is that Chandler leaves the ending open to the reader so that they can decide to committed the crime, instead of saying who exactly did it (the film version with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall does this and says that it is Carmen and only Carmen).

This book was really enjoyable, the first person narrative really gives the story a more intimate feel so that we actually know what the detective is thinking, rather than a narrator telling us what is happening. If you know me, you will know that I love first-person narratives in something that isn't saucy. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who loves crime novels or noir films.

Review: Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Casino Royale
Ian Fleming
Series: James Bond #1
Genre: Adult Thriller
Released: August 27 2002 (first published 1953)
by Penguin
Source: Borrowed from relative
Rating: ★★★★

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'A dry martini,' Bond said. 'In a deep champagne goblet. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice cold, then add a thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?'
'Certainly, monsieur.'


Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless and very deadly. This, the first of Fleming's tales of agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called simply 'Le Chiffre' - by ruining him at the baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spymasters to 'retire' him. It seems that lady luck is taken with James - Le Chiffre has hit a loosing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules, and Bond's attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster and an unexpected saviour...

Every single James Bond book in my house (not counting the Young Bond series) belongs to my dad. Considering my dad's usual taste in books (he used to read maps and atlases before going to sleep) and my hatred for the Bond films, I didn't expect much from this book at all. I expected it to be exactly like the film version with Daniel Craig: all action, gunfights and no content other than that. My dad has a boxset of these books and all the covers are relatively the same, they're quite boring and remind me a bit of the opening credits to the old films for some reason.

Honestly, I was very impressed by this book. It was almost nothing like the film but it did get a little boring at times, especially in the baccarat scene. I don't have a clue of how card games work and I was completely lost whilst reading it. I liked how there was no sign of "A dry martini, shaken, not stirred" and how Bond was nothing like Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig. Although that's probably because none of them were born when this book was published...

I thought Bond's personality in this book was very realistic of a man of the times although he does get a little confusing at times. First he doesn't like Vesper at all (he thinks that women are only good for one thing), then he does and wants to marry her, and once she's dead he calls her a bitch. A bit confusing. Well, it was for me.

Overall, I enjoyed this book more than the twenty-two films I've been forced to sit through. My hate-hate relationship with Bond is now more of a love book Bond/hate film Bond relationship, if you know what I mean. I liked Fleming's style and I look forward to reading the next book.

Review: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen

Bright Young Things
Anna Godbersen
Series: Bright Young Things #1
Genre: YA Historical
Released: October 12 2010
by Harper
Source: Borrowed from library
Rating: ★★★

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The year is 1929. New York is ruled by the Bright Young Things: flappers and socialites seeking thrills and chasing dreams in the anything-goes era of the Roaring Twenties.

Letty Larkspur and Cordelia Grey escaped their small Midwestern town for New York's glittering metropolis. All Letty wants is to see her name in lights, but she quickly discovers Manhattan is filled with pretty girls who will do anything to be a star…

Cordelia is searching for the father she's never known, a man as infamous for his wild parties as he is for his shadowy schemes. Overnight, she enters a world more thrilling and glamorous than she ever could have imagined—and more dangerous. It's a life anyone would kill for . . . and someone will.

The only person Cordelia can trust is Astrid Donal, a flapper who seems to have it all: money, looks, and the love of Cordelia's brother, Charlie. But Astrid's perfect veneer hides a score of family secrets.

Across the vast lawns of Long Island, in the illicit speakeasies of Manhattan, and on the blindingly lit stages of Broadway, the three girls' fortunes will rise and fall—together and apart. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes an epic new series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.
This was the first book I'd read by Anna Godbersen so I didn't have any expectations or hopes of what her style would be. I wanted to be pleasantly surprised by this book. I really like historical fiction and hoped that this would be very entertaining to read.

I enjoyed this book, but there were a few things that bugged me a little bit. First of all, the characters were a little flat and didn't seem very real to me. Secondly, the constant repition of Letty's mouth being described as a "little gem" started to get on my nerves. The descriptions of characters weren't varied much, which isn't so good in my book.

However, I did like the plot and storyline of the book. It was very entertaining to read. But, the ending was a little stale, I expected better and it was obviously set up for a sequel.

I guess I'm a picky girl who doesn't like repetition and flat characters. This book was entertaining and I do recommend it to some extent but I wouldn't call it the most amazing book in the world. I like Godbersen's writing style and I am sort of looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Review: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

The Godfather
Mario Puzo
Genre: Adult Crime
Released: 2009 (first published 1969)
by Arrow Books
Source: Gifted
Rating: ★★★★★

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Tyrant, blackmailer, racketeer, murderer - his influence reaches every level of American Society. Meet Don Corleone, a friendly man, a just man, a reasonable man. The deadliest Lord of the Cosa Nostra. The Godfather.

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of thr Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by it's unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking forty years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is truly a classic.

If you know me incredibly well, you'll know that The Godfather is my favourite film of all time. So, I expected an awful lot from this book. I didn't expect many Italian terns to be used since Mario Puzo didn't speak a word of Italian. Or Sicilian dialect.

For someone who was born in America and didn't speak a word of Italian, Puzo really knew his stuff. I really wish I'd read this book before watching the film, but the two are incredibly similar with very few differences.

I particularly liked how we are told about some of the minor characters of the novel, such as Amerigo Bonasera, Lucy Mancini and even Enzo the baker. Who would have thought that the girl James Caan was humping against a door at the beginning of the film was an important character? Not me! The descriptions are fantastic and the dialogue is very realistic. The characters speak like real people do. That's always a plus in my book.

One of the very few negatives of this book is the length of the chapters. The first chapter is seventy-two chapters long. And the only chapter of Book III (the novel is set into books) is forty-five pages long. That's just a bit too long for me when it comes to chapters.

Also, I wasn't too fond of how Mama Corleone was written to speak (if that makes sense). She doesn't speak English very well but the way she speaks is a little stereotypical. She doesn't talk-a lik-a dis though. But it's still a bit stereotypical of Italian women.

This was a really enjoyable book. The characters were constructed very well, the narration was good and everything was realistic. However, the long chapters can be a little overwhelming to get through and I didn't like the portrayal of Mama Corleone.

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