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Why don't iconic novels translate into film?

Earlier this week, I saw Michael Polish ’s film adaptation of Jack Kerouac ’s 1962 novel “Big Sur,” which opens Friday. The book is one of my favorites: dark, brooding, the flip side of the Beat road legend, a story of isolation and spiritual despair.
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    Why don't iconic novels translate into film? - latimes.com/By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic October 30, 2013, 10:12 a.m.

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