‘Gomorrah’ or ‘Shopaholic’?

Two very different movies based on books open today.

Confessions of a Shopaholic has been endlessly promoted. Its Valentine’s Day weekend opening may be a bid to get a slight box-office boost from men, who, under cupid’s influence, may be slightly more amenable to being dragged to a chick flick.

The other book-based film, Gomorrah has received much less promotion and definitely has little to do with cupid (unless you associate the word “massacre” with “Valentine’s Day”).

About the Mafia in Naples (called “Camora”; the movie title is a pun on the name), it is based on the 2006 exposé by an Italian journalist (published here in 2007). The book was reviewed by all the prepub journals (getting a star from Booklist) and widely in the consumer media:

The movie, an Italian production is opening in a limited number of theaters. It won the 2008 Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and receives a strong review in the New York Times today (unlike Shopaholic).

The hardcover edition of the book is owned by most large libraries, with heavy holds in some areas. The tie-in edition was released in November. It is also available as an unabridged audio.

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Gomorrah

Saviano, Roberto

  • Paperback: $15; 320 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (November 25, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312427794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312427795
  • Unabridged Audio: Tantor
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • 9 Audio CDs (Library Binder Pkg): 9781400135578

  • List Price: $69.99

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