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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Holy Innocents by Gilbert Adair. Paris in the spring of amidst the student revolts. Guillaume and his twin sister Danielle, cinemaphiles, befriend a young American student, Matthew, a friendship quickly becoming erotic, exploring sibling intimacy and menage a trois in its pure form, and which spirals towards inevitable disaster.
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See all 4 questions about The Holy Innocents…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Holy Innocents. I had such high hopes for this book and was disappointed immensely. The movie is one of my favorites, so my expectations were high, though now I realize that the two differ so much, especially in the second half.
This is one of those rare situations when the movie is so much better than the book. The plot takes place in Paris during student's uprising. The three main characters Henry, Theo and Isabelle isolate themselves in their own world of disturbing obsessions, games and sex in an empty apar I had such high hopes for this book and was disappointed immensely.
The three main characters Henry, Theo and Isabelle isolate themselves in their own world of disturbing obsessions, games and sex in an empty apartment. In theory, this is a great base for fantastic story, but the reality isn't even close to it.
There is something so flat about the book, like the reader's total indifference towards the characters, their abusive relationship and especially the ending. I felt literally nothing. I should've loved the book because it touches all those interesting topics like cinematography, rebellion and sexuality, but instead, I was utterly bored.
I was really interested in how this dreamy incestuous threesome will work out but then suddenly the characters were eating cat food, spouting vomit at each other and smudging poop on themselves like Indian war paint and all of that was something I really couldn't swallow.
The author did so much better job with the ecranisation of the book. The book is hopelessly empty, detached and dull. Henry's whole personality, even though he's our narrator, was that he's bisexual and he was afraid to get out of the closet. We know far more about the twins than him, despite the fact we spent entire book in his head. That's quite depressing and makes it really hard to feel attached to both him and the plot. The relationship between Henry, Theo and Isabelle started out as rather fascinating and captivating, but turned out to be gruesome and sick.
It wasn't even remotely fun to read about it. Besides, their bond was written about without any real depth. View all 3 comments. Not my cup of tea. Kraj mi je bezveze. Ali planiram pogledati ceo film i uporediti utiske. So, I looked forward to reading the source novel or rather the update of the source novel that was published following the film.
Yet I found it pretty bad. The novel — essentially a novella — tells its story through a series of brief vignettes, each lasting often no more than a page and half. The novel has some differences from the film. I was surprised to find, however, that the novel has an entirely different ending. Apr 27, Ella rated it it was ok Shelves: bad-blind-snag , blech , creepity-creep-creepy , did-i-really-just-read-this , don-t-hate-me-for-hating-it , funny-for-all-the-wrong-reasons , lgbt-miscellany , mixed-feelings , not-for-me , release-the-snark.
What the actual HECK was that. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After watching The Dreamers years ago, I was so excited to find out that it was based on a novel.
I ordered the book and as soon as it turned up, I began reading That was attempt number one. I don't know what it is about how it's written, but I just found it so incredibly difficult to get into this book. It's the kind of plot that I love and really thought would intrigue me as the film did, but in the end it took me five attempts After watching The Dreamers years ago, I was so excited to find out that it was based on a novel.
It's the kind of plot that I love and really thought would intrigue me as the film did, but in the end it took me five attempts to finally finish it, and it's hardly like it's a lengthy read. For my fifth attempt, it did only take me a day and a half to read, but to be honest I just felt relieved I could finally put this back on the shelf and call it a day. It's so ridiculously pretentious. It's set in the s and is about three teenagers who are in love with cinema, so I expected it to be pretentious.
But I just couldn't get to grips with how melodramatic and bizarre it was. The story itself I love, and I still consider the film to be one of my favourites, but maybe I just don't click with Adair's writing style on paper. I just found myself getting bored with some passages, a lot of it felt flat.
There were some scenes that didn't feature in the film which I found to be problematic. The fact that Theo essentially rapes Matthew and it's just One of the first things Theo and Isabelle do to Matthew to sort of 'initiate' him into their little bubble is jump on him and undress him, to coerce him to sleep with Isabelle.
Very uncomfortable. Also why at one point is Matthew covered in his or their's, who knows shit? I think this is one of the rare cases where the film is, in fact, better than the book unfortunately. At least I finally finished it. Super je za ljubitelje filma, istorije i tabua, ali, is not my cap of tea One of the few cases when the film is better than the book.
One of those rare cases in which the film truly outdoes the novel. Feb 10, Andy Todd rated it it was ok. Bizarre menage-a-trois against backdrop of Paris student demonstrations. An unendearing curio.
O ciudatenie de carte. O aveam de mult in lista si acum stiu de ce am evitat-o. Am terminat de citit si am ramas Bun, ce a vrut autorul sa sublinieze prin aceasta poveste??? Caracterul incestuos? Habar n-am ; Niste pusti ciudati, voyaristi si multe detalii din cinematografie The movie was actually a lot better.
The Holy Innocents
The Holy Innocents is a novel by Gilbert Adair about French siblings and an American stranger who enters their world. The book has been printed in hardcover and paperback only once. The Holy Innocents was revised  in conjunction with the development of the film, however, and this new version has been published under the title The Dreamers. Set in the tumultuous months of , it is a story of obsession and youth. The initial obsession is cinematic. Matthew is studying film, the twins are fascinated by the cinema, and they become close because of their shared interest.