If you're here because you enjoy the cinema, you will certainly like the story but also the way it's told. The characters, historical context and acting are both intriguing and convincing. Actually, I decided to write these few lines after I read the few reviews not doing justice to this film. Hence my first line: cinema is cinema and novel is novel. I can understand the frustration of novel readers but also I can't help asking what their opinion would have been if they had not read the novel. Not having read the book, I had the chance to appreciate the film in its own values. Whether it's a good or poor adaptation should be a separate discussion.