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The Prince of Tides-Compare novel to film

The process of transforming this novel into a film takes away a tremendous amount from the original story. This is certainly the case with "The Prince of Tides".
Pat Conroy develops each character and brings to life each member and associate of the Wingo Family. I was disappointed with many of the characters in the film. In the novel many of the characters had a huge role in developing the personality of Tom Wingo, whereas in the filmthese character were either excluded or merely mentioned as a quick reference or a mere memory.
The novel focuses on the dysfunctional relationship between the members of the Wingo Family and the affects of those relationships in the adult lives of those family members. Tom Wingo takes a trip to New York City, from his home in Colleton South Carolina, to visit his sister Savannah Wingo who has attempted suicide for the second time. Also to assist her Doctor with information about her past that will possibly lead to the suppressed memories that has brought her to this point.It is during these sessions that Tom reflects with unabridged detail on his childhood from birth to present date. These recollections, in my opinion, are the most captivating part of the story that was extracted from the film. For example: The story of the birth of the Wingo twins.During a hurricane, Amos Wingo and his servant Sarah Jenkins sought shelter and helped deliver his grandchildren Tom and Savannah, and save them and their mother Lila from certain death. This was a brilliantly poetic way to bring to light the turmoil that will surround the lives of Tom and Savannah. This type of dialogue allows the reader to connect emotionally with each character and was unfortunately edited from the film.
The two most important events, which I feel had the biggest impact on the lives of Tom and Savannah, were also severely modified in the film. The rape of Tom, Savannah, and their mother Lila was a big pa

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