sarahkbee: Doctor Who books (book)
Fascinating book.  I bought it after watching the film - if I love a book and then see the film I almost always dislike or am disappointed by the film, but if I love a film and then read the book I often enjoy the book more than I perhaps might have done otherwise.  Granted, that's a hard one to test, since I can't be sure how much I'd have liked the book otherwise, but I do know the first time I managed to finish Watchmen was after I'd seen the film; before that I'd always ground to a halt about a third of the way through.
Certainly with 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' I found that keeping all the different characters straight in my head was helped hugely by the fact that having seen the film I had a face to match to each name, even though some of the descriptions of the characters' appearances in the book weren't matched by their appearances in the film.
It's a gripping novel and, like the film, I found it very sad - all the betrayals, both professional and personal, and just a sense of loss all through it.  But it's also fascinating for the history aspect of it; I was about four when it was written so it's obviously not a time I really remember, and the world has changed so much since then.  The early 1970's are now closer to the second world war than they are to the present day and reading this really brings that home - how much technology has changed the world in the last 10-15 years, and all the political changes: the fall of the Iron Curtain, Czechoslovakia returning to being two different countries - it's fairly mind-boggling.
Anyway, excellent book, and I went and bought the other two in the set on Thursday, so I shall look forward to reading them.
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Having heard good things about it, I went to see the film and loved it so much I promptly ordered the book from Amazon when I got home.  The film is excellent - quite slow in places, and terribly, terribly sad, but nonetheless excellent - both intelligent and gripping.  If what you want is car chases or huge fights (both of which bore me to tears) it's not the film to see, but if you're looking for a smart drama then go and see it!  Plus it has both Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch in it, which is never a bad thing :)
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Went to see this with Angie on Wednesday.  It was really good - Anne was such a cow I really started to feel that she deserved what was coming to her, although by the time it got to her execution I did feel sorry for her.  More than that I thought that Katherine of Aragon was interesting - at the time of her divorce she must have felt appalled - Henry wanted rid of her so badly that he was willing to set aside the Roman church!  And then just a few years later, he's executing Anne, and Katherine must have been thinking "Well, I guess I almost got off lightly..."

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