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Reading the Screen: Lehane on the Big Screen (Again)

So Sam Raimi is making a movie out of Dennis Lehane’s 2008 given-day1novel The Given Day. You know Raimi from the Spider-Man movies, the Evil Dead movies, and Darkman, but wait: you think of those as horror or fantasy movies, but all of them feature well-drawn characters and stories that revolve around the characters.

Raimi also did the character-driven A Simple Plan and For Love of the Game, so I’d say he has what it takes to do justice to the book. At least I hope he does. Lehane is a wonderful writer, and The Given Day, set in Boston during the police strike of 1919 , is rich in character and story — the kind of book you want somebody to make a movie out of, but only if they do it right.

There have been a few movies made out of Lehane’s novels. I had some things to say about the most recent, Shutter Island, and a couple of other movies before Reading the Screen switched from being a column to a series of blog posts.



About the Author:

David Pitt lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition to reviewing for Booklist, he writes a monthly column about paperback fiction and nonfiction for the Winnipeg Free Press. He has contributed to The Booklist Reader since 2010.

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