"She got into his brain and drove him crazy"
So many people have a complicated relationship with their father. I think that's why the movie version of this novel elicits tears, or so it did with me. My Dad left home every day at 5am and returned late, working hard to give his children a more privileged existence. While i appreciate all he did for us, I often think of the disconnect that distance created and that was the feeling I got from the film.
Unfortunately I had less of an emotional response to the novel. The book sets out, as the movie adaptation does, to repair the disconnect between a child's perception of his father's tall tales and reality.
4 out of 5 unusual times where I prefer the movie.