Re-reading Sallis’s “Drive” and again loving it, and I love when script writers combine events in a novel to create a new movie experience.

After watching Drive last week I am re-reading Sallis’s “Drive.”  It is a somewhat obtuse writing style, and I had it read it twice the first time through in 2012 (possibly because I was foggy headed on prednisone) but it paid dividends.  Now, 4 years later, I am a third of the way through it is very good.  And like a few other novels-turned-films (such as A Thin Red Line), am loving the skill of the script writer to combine and rearrange characters and events to create a new experience in the movie!  

The book opens with the motel scene where Blanche dies, but doesn’t come back to it for several chapters.  We learn that Shannon was a stunt driver who befriended a run away Driver (who was a foster child to parents in Phoenix) and dies during a stunt.  Driver spends a lot of time eating in and drinking in local hispanic eateries, and philosophical character.  The pawn shop was a separate incident than what kicked off the battle with the mob in the movie…  (More to follow)…

As I’ve mentioned before, the movie is a superb work of art. 🙂

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Re-reading Sallis’s “Drive” and again loving it, and I love when script writers combine events in a novel to create a new movie experience.

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