This is a book undone by its finale. The movie solves the problem by not flinching at the critical moment (where the book does flinch and lose its nerve), and as such is a much better version of the story.

That said, up until the book loses its nerve it is a sharp and dark and glorious piece of deconstructive satire. Almost worth the read, but sadly, you're better off watching the film.

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