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Chocolate (reprise) - Roald Dahl to JG Ballard by way of George Orwell - Corrosive Shame
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kneeshooter
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Chocolate (reprise) - Roald Dahl to JG Ballard by way of George Orwell
I've remembered the other things I thought of during Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The first was "mmm, I could really murder a Mars Bar right now" - which should have been predicted - but the fact it wasn't meant that I did not have one to hand, so got over it before breaking the massive two weeks of chocolate denial.

The second was a reminder of reading 1984. I found the most moving part of the book was Winston telling of how he'd stolen his little sister's chocolate ration. It made me feel physically ill at the time and I don't think I raided the cupboards for illicit treats for days. I don't often get reactions like that from books though - the only thing similar I can recall was reading Crash by JG Ballard. I really didn't like it - not in the sense that I didn't want to read the book because it was dull or badly written (that happens very rarely), but that I found some of the imagery quite vivd and disturbing. Anyone seen the film and care to comment on whether it's worth a look?

Enough wibblings. There's a danger I'm getting back into this LJ habit.
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duranorak From: duranorak Date: August 14th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
The film of Crash is basically just Odd - it's more like an arthouse porn film than anything else, which isn't surprising given the book, but the actual sex (rather than just conceptual sex) seems to be more, erm, in-your-face in the film than it does in the book. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing. I found the film far less disturbing than the book, but I doubt I could explain why, and I loved both in any case. Elias Koteas is mesmerising as Vaughn.

Without knowing precisely why you found the book disturbing, hard to say what you'd think of the film, though.

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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: August 14th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - I think that's a good enough review to try and catch it somehow.
wulfboy From: wulfboy Date: August 15th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The only book I can think of that has ever given me a physical reaction - as opposed to an emotional one - was American Psycho. I never finished it, but just became nauseated.
mr_h_r_hughes From: mr_h_r_hughes Date: August 15th, 2005 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Saw Crash several years ao, don't remeber much about it except that it was odd and cold.
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