I thought I'd read this book before seeing the classic film ... but have been disappointed at how irritating all the characters are, and how the story doesn't really go anywhere, and often just feels repetitive. The two lead men - best friends Jules and Jim - happily share their women, and the lead woman Catherine just comes across as a selfish, over-indulged 'goddess' who regularly abandons her children to have exciting and intense romantic adventures. ...Maybe I'm just envious of her ability to put her happiness absolutely before everyone else's... But it all just seems too idealistic in its perfection - and therefore irritating. It reminds me of a bad autobiography.
See Germaine Greer's more detailed review of the film and the subject matter of the book:
I'm still going to watch the film ;-)...Continua