Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The Constant Gardner (abridged) Review

I decided to listen to The Constant Gardner (abridged) by to round out all the influence of Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat, The Lexus and the Olive Tree) has had on me recently--not that journalism and fiction can balance each other out. Although it is no doubt that Upton Sinclair and Charles Dickens had some affect on child labor laws.

I have not seen the movie yet, but I can imagine some might get confused at the compression of (and all-out disregard for) time, the amount of characters, and the quick switching between the narrator, main character and main characters's wife's writing that is within this audio book. I’m a fan of chronology destroying movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation, but the audio by itself is difficult to follow. It requires a fair amount of concentration from the listener and the unabridged version may be much better.



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