“Carol” directed by Todd Haynes has been making waves ever since it premiered at the Cannes film festival earlier this year, but it’s source material has had a cult following since its publication in 1952, rightfully so.
The premise of the book stayed in tact for the most part along with the plot in its film adaptation. However the book gives a more in depth look into Therese and Carol’s relationship as well as the time they spent together.
The book begins by introducing Therese to the shop where she’s about to be working and where she meets Carol.
Unlike the film, the book takes their relationship a tad slower. Giving time for Therese to try and grasp her feelings and gives you time to anxiously see if they end up together.
Their beginning is rather blunt and uneasy but sprinkled with delicate moments that stick with you as you read on. You learn about Carol at the same time as Therese and as the mystery of Carol fades, the mystery of Therese rises.
As Therese infatuation grows with Carol, so does yours, and the tender moments feel warm. Then when the harsh reality of the situation strikes it leaves you feeling cold and seeking resolution.
The film only grazes at the reality of two women being together in the 50s, but the book shows the anguish of these two people in love, who just want to be together.
One line really hits home as Therese says she just wants to hold Carols hand.
After Carols departure, Therese seems lost and broken. For a good while Therese seems angry, but after her meeting with Carol (long after they separated, you realize the two will never be the same without each other.
While the book and film don’t compliment each other, they are both excellent in their own right, and will be remembered for that very reason.