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The Shape of Water Kindle Edition
The 2018 Academy Award's Best Picture of the Year and New York Times-bestselling novel, The Shape of Water.
From visionary storyteller Guillermo del Toro and celebrated author Daniel Kraus comes this haunting, heartbreaking love story.
"[A] phenomenally enrapturing and reverberating work of art in its own right...[that] vividly illuminates the minds of the characters, greatly enhancing our understanding of their temperaments and predicaments and providing more expansive and involving story lines." —Booklist
It is 1962, and Elisa Esposito—mute her whole life, orphaned as a child—is struggling with her humdrum existence as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore’s Occam Aerospace Research Center. Were it not for Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, she doesn’t know how she’d make it through the day.
Then, one fateful night, she sees something she was never meant to see, the Center’s most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. The creature is terrifying but also magnificent, capable of language and of understanding emotions…and Elisa can’t keep away. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Soon, affection turns into love, and the creature becomes Elisa’s sole reason to live.
But outside forces are pressing in. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it. Elisa has no choice but to risk everything to save her beloved. With the help of Zelda and Giles, Elisa hatches a plan to break out the creature. But Strickland is on to them. And the Russians are, indeed, coming.
Developed from the ground up as a bold two-tiered release—one story interpreted by two artists in the independent mediums of literature and film—The Shape of Water is unlike anything you’ve ever read or seen.
“Most movie novelizations do little more than write down what audiences see on the screen. But the novel that’s accompanying Guillermo del Toro’s new movie The Shape of Water is no mere adaptation. Co-author Daniel Kraus’ book and the film tell the same story, of a mute woman who falls in love with an imprisoned and equally mute creature, in two very different ways.” —io9
Praise for The Shape of Water directed by Guillermo del Toro
Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Picture
Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Director
Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Music (Original Score)
Winner of the 2018 Academy Award for Production Design
Winner of the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Director of a Motion Picture
"With encouragement from critics and awards voters, discerning viewers should make Fox Searchlight’s December release the season’s classiest date movie—for perhaps the greatest of The Shape of Water’s many surprises is how extravagantly romantic it is.” —Variety
"A visually and emotionally ravishing fantasy that should find a welcome embrace from audiences starved for imaginative escape.” —The Hollywood Reporter
Awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 74th Annual Venice International Film Festival
About the Author
Daniel Kraus is the author of numerous novels, including Rotters, The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch duology, Bent Heavens, and the Teddies Saga. With Guillermo del Toro, he wrote the New York Times-bestselling The Shape of Water and Trollhunters (the inspiration for the Netflix series). His novels have been Odyssey Award winners, Library Guild selections, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults picks, Parent’s Choice Gold Award winners, Bram Stoker finalists, and more. He lives with his wife in Chicago. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0773H16WL
- Publisher : Feiwel & Friends (March 6, 2018)
- Publication date : March 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 16116 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #366,521 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book begins with an intense depiction of Strickland's 18 month ordeal trekking through the Amazon to find amphibian man, or as the natives call him Deus Branquia. (Gill God). This is an important set-up because it explains why Strickland is a bullying, cowardly antagonist, and he is thusly far less one-dimensional than he came across in the movie.
Inside the thoughts and motivations of Elisa's resolute maneuverings to win the affections of Gill God, and the kaleidoscope of physical reactions he has in response make their love story all the more credible and undeniable.
There are sadly just a few pages of Gill God's thoughts, which are delightful, and I wanted so much more of them. He refers to himself as "we," refers to indoor light as " many fake suns,“and Giles drawings of him are his “twins” The intricacies of his physique, his movements and how he expresses his emotions through his body read like poetry, and there are endless descriptions. You know that he can think and more importantly feel like a human, although he clearly is not human. Its undeniable that he’s a magnificent one-of-a-kind creature, He understands what he is, and he is many things all in one. It is most poignant that he ultimately describes himself, as confusing as it is at first, it makes perfect sense, because therein lies the larger truth of what the movie couldn't fully capture. Still there was just not enough of him and way to much of Strickland. But I feel the exact same way about the movie. For some reason del Toro chooses to not fully share the most compelling element of the story, which is not the mystery of him - it's HIM.
Elisa's final fate is vague from Giles perspective as the movie ends, left with his optimism and beautiful quotation. The book, however, closes with Elisa thoughts, then Gill God's narrative, who absolutely knows what happens to his beloved in the “ever after.” He may have always known. It's fated and beautiful closure to this timeless fairy tale.
They add to Elisa Esposito's background in an orphanage and her magical worldview and connection to water, building upon the movie's hints that her neck scars were never really scars, but always proto-gills. Exploring issues of class, del Toro and Kraus write from Elisa's perspective, "The Daisys [shoes] ill be the only insurgency she brings off tonight, and every night. Feet are what connect you to the ground, and when you are poor, none of that ground belongs to you" (pg. 9). As for Richard Strickland, del Toro and Kraus begin his story with his work to capture the Amphibian Man in the Amazon, recalling "Heart of Darkness" and letting the reader experience the madness that grips him even after he returns to life in the United States. When they turn to Giles Gunderson's perspective and his concerns over Elisa's naïveté, del Toro and Kraus write, "She's incapable of appreciating how deep run the fault lines of America's Red Scare. Undesirables of all sorts risk their lives and livelihoods on a daily basis, and a homosexual painter? Why, that's as undesirable as they come!" (pg. 162). Zelda Fuller's concerns about the Civil Rights movement are forefronted, with her new friendship with Giles at the end of the story serving to show hope in solidarity. Dr. Robert Hoffstetler, one of the most sympathetic characters of the film, is even more compelling in this retelling.
Most interestingly, del Toro and Kraus add a backstory for Elaine Strickland, showing the difficulty she experiences trying to live up to the early 1960s societal expectations for women and following her awakening to more possibilities, including a life of her own other than as Mrs. Strickland. Also fascinating, del Toro and Kraus give insight into the Amphibian Man's point of view. As he begins to recover, he thinks, "We begin to heal and it is beter water than the last water no water should bring pain water should not be flat water should not be smooth water should not be empty water should not have a shape there is no shape of water" (pg. 243).
The film is a heartbreaking adult fairytale and del Toro and Kraus's novelization will fill the reader with wonder and break their hearts all over again. This is a must-read companion to the movie.