I really tried to read the book, I really did. Somewhere in the middle, though, I just kind of put the book down, and never picked it up. But, the movie...whole different ball game. If you haven't watched it, get thee to a movie rental store, and rent thee a copy. It is marvelous, stunning, and keeps your attention the whole time. And, you can actually understand it!! There is also an amazing beauty about it, and when its over, you have to talk about it. Even if you read the book, the movie is still fantastic. I didn't think I would like it, but I was enthralled from the get-go, and of course I love Tom Hanks. Watch it.