BR: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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Andy Dufresne, a banker, was convicted of killing his wife and her lover and sent to Shawshank Prison. He maintains his innocence over the decades he spends at Shawshank during which time he forms a friendship with "Red", a fellow inmate.

Yesterday being a rather gloomy and rainy Sunday, we decided to stay indoors and watch a movie. And that movie was Shawshank Redemption. I had watched it like 4-5  times now perhaps. It never gets old.

Though I’ve watched the movie that many times but it never occurred to me to actually read the book of which the movie was adapted from. Yesterday afternoon, right after the movie I decided to look for the book and change that.

I was surprised that the book was actually a short read – less than 120 pages. From the over 2 hour movie I expected something more. But I am not complaining – I love short books with substance.

The movie didn’t follow the book to the “T” but to be honest I was hoping that it wouldn’t. As I was looking for a different end for the crook in the book. A better payback than the mere hours or maybe days before he ended up ‘making it easy’ and pulled the trigger on himself. The ending for the man Sam Norton indeed differs from the movie, not satisfying enough but I settled for it.

I sat down and finished the book in a couple of hours and enjoyed every bit of it. What I love about the movie and the book is that it teach us to continue to hope. Something nobody can take away from you if you don’t let it. And where persistence, patience and grit would lead you.

Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.

Great book, totally, totally worth the read.

Author: Syari

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