another holy grail found
I read this book in 1970 when it was new. I was 14. I can't remember how I crossed paths with it, but I know I did not buy it. As you can see "Soon to be a major motion picture" is emblazoned across the top of the cover.
It's a good story. It's not terribly well-written, mainly due to the annoying dialog. The authors were struggling to capture "the voice of the child". And the kids are brats. Even at 14, I realized that. But I also realized that in the hands of a good film-maker like Hitchcock or the Coen Brothers, it could be a really good movie.
So I waited and waited. I really wanted to see that movie! But just like issue #2 of Wham-O Giant Comics, another thing I waited and waited for, it never came.
The book disappeared, but I thought of it from time to time over the years. A couple of years ago I started googling for it. I wanted to read it again, to see if it was as good as I recall. I kept getting tripped up by this Italian movie and this book which is a totally different thing with the same title.
I finally found it.
I had forgotten how much I loved that cover art!
The novel is about as good as I remember it. Maybe a little worse in my opinion, now that I am a jaded 50-something. But I still think it could be turned into a very good movie. Sadly, it appears that it was not.
I have discovered that eight years after it was declared "soon to be a major motion picture" it came out in France. The trailer looks slow and ponderous and dreadful.
Has anybody ever read this book, or seen this movie?