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Beautiful but incomplete
Reviewed in the United States on September 29, 2019
I was hoping this would be similar to the movie but more. It is almost identical to the movie and contains more, but the extras are so incomplete. For example, the watchmaker is discussed in the book. I was excited to find out more about that watch, but the story was never finished. There are many more like this. This had the potential to have been in my top ten, but it is not close. I grew weary of reading the fascinating stories, only to discover I would never know the rest. Imagine if someone picked up a new book every night and read only the first part. Every night you get the beginning of an incredible story, but you are never to hear how it ends. That happens a lot in this book! The next to the last chapter does it one final time.
I do not know why I have not read a review that mentions this. We read it for a book club, and almost all of us feel the same about these stories. They started as exciting new additions to the movie and ended with us disliking the book. It would have been better to leave them out.