The Silver Linings Playbook (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/10/25
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Pat Peoples knows that life doesn't always go according to plan, but he's determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat's parents just want to protect him so he can get back on his feet, but when Pat befriends the mysterious Tiffany, the secrets they've been keeping from him threaten to come out ...The Silver Linings Playbook is a touching and very funny novel, from the author of The Good Luck of Right Now.
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More importantly, the movie motivated me to read the book.
Written in first person, author Matthew Quick draws you right in with the main character, Pat Peoples, and describes effectively the illness he faces. Peoples is diagnosed as bi-polar and the author stays true to the character in how he presents the story in every aspect.
What struck me as I read along were the vast differences in the way some of the characters were shown on the big screen compared to the book. Pat Peoples is trying to make his way back into the world after spending time in a mental facility. He is embraced by his mother but shunned by his father in the book. The movie presents Pat’s dad as caring, dedicated and loving.
There are other examples of extremes between the two that will eventually make you appreciate how the author presents his story. I won’t delve into this for fear of killing the wonderful surprises that arise in the movie and the book.
There are some similarities though with the two in the plot. But there weren’t enough of them to convince me that the movie stayed true to Quick’s novel.
The bottom line is this — you would be cheating yourself if you only saw it on the big screen. And you need to be patient with the book version. At first, I had the notion that the movie had done a better job in telling the story.
It took a while for Quick to reach deeper into the depth of the characters. This is the selling point of the book. Quick does a terrific job in letting the characters play off of each other in some funny and dire circumstances. This is present in the movie, too, but not on the scale of the book.
I will not spoil this for you by showing any more examples. You’ll notice how the story Quick wrote is done with strength and courage and truth to what he disease is and how it can manhandle even the strongest person.
What about the ending? The movie version ignores the ending of the book. It’s more Hollywood. Well, it is Hollywood.
The ending in the book version is better.
In fact, it’s perfect.
Quick’s story will inspire you. It will help educate you on what bi-polar is and can do to the individual person, their families, and their lovers. He takes you deep into that dark world and somehow manages to shine a bit of light and hope.
It will help you understand that everyone deserves to be loved, no matter what the struggle one faces.
It will motivate you to read more.
There’s something so magical about a book. It’s a grand feeling sweeping over your soul when you are falling in love with a story and the characters under a lamp at 2 a.m. in the morning.
It feels like this guy wrote this book a bit dumbed down, for the character's voice, because the character is mentally ill. That irritated the crap out of me because mentally ill is not the same as mentally handicapped, which is what it felt like was trying to go for. Either that, or the writer is just not very good. The writing was stilted and kind of slow, and sometimes to wordy. Not eloquent and descriptive wordy, but more like that friend of yours who just won't stop talking and they keep repeating the same thing like four times.
I also feel like the author wrote this book to be a movie. It was as if, he wasn't writing a good novel, but just something that producers could read, option, and turn into a movie. I can't explain it any better than that. The narrator kept saying, "This is the movie of my life" and things like that, and it made it feel as though he only wrote this book in the hopes of getting it made into film.
How I felt about this book can best be summed up by this: I read it on my Kindle, and I got to 90% and put it down to go to sleep, just prior to the big climax (which wasn't all that impressive, and was pretty predictable, since this was basically a rom-com). I didn't pick it back up for three days.
I didn't hate this book. It wasn't terrible. It was, well, just okay.
Now for some of the details, in no particular order. Pat has been hospitalized for quite a while, and his brain is a bit fried when he comes out. He struggles very hard to control his temper. Dad (DeNiro) is not a bookie, but he is quite a grump throughout. So there is no Dallas bettor in the book. Also, Danny, the black hospital inmate pops up only at the very end of the book in a rather unlikely moment. The book is less about Tiffany than it is about Pat; there are more details about her husband's death. One of the big keys to the book is what was it that triggered Pat's hospitalization, particularly why does the song create so much emotion in Pat. In the movie, the dance performance and the moments minutes later are the climax, but after the dance the book still has another quarter to go. There is a sexy shaving scene I wish had been in the movie. The book has a particularly great chapter where voices from the other main characters are talking to Pat, one at a time, each for about a paragraph or two. In the book, mom goes on strike. So, yes, as usual, the book is a good bit richer, but this is one of those rare circumstances where each contributes a slightly different take on the same basic story to the benefit of movie goer and reader alike.
As The Silver Linings Playbook opens, Pat Peoples is living with his parents after a stint in a psychiatric hospital. He has no job; his mother doles out his medication as if he were still in the hospital, and he works out frequently as part of his plan to get back together with his wife, Nikki, at the end of "apart time."
Along the way, he reconnects with an old friend, who introduces him to his sister-in-law, Tiffany, who is having problems of her own after the death of her husband. Pat and Tiffany form a tentative friendship, but the closer he gets to Tiffany, the more Pat realizes there's more going on than his family has been telling him.
What makes The Silver Linings Playbook such an incredible book isn't the plot -- it isn't really all that complicated, and you will probably see the big twist coming from a mile away -- but the realistic portrayal of how those with mental illness are treated by their families and friends. Pat's narration is almost childlike in its simplicity; he talks about his separation from his wife as "apart time" and has simplified his plan to get back together with his wife to an almost toddler-like rote schedule.
Tiffany, on the other hand, is bristly, and where Pat is coddled and too protected by his family, Tiffany's family views her as a ticking time bomb. Quick has given her a vulnerability that pokes through even in the moments when you most want to hate her. Her treatment of Pat is raw, but at the same time, it's the desperation of two people trying to swim to the surface against the tide of their families' efforts to keep them in their niches of the "mentally unstable family member."
This review appeared previously on Goodreads.