📚 The Bourne Identity (Jason Bourne, #1)

Author: Robert Ludlum
Published: 1980
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Finished on: 2018/01/21

I’m a big fan of the Jason Bourne film, the original trilogy is one of my favourite series of films and ones that I regularly return to when I want to watch something familiar. When I saw The Bourne Identity in a charity shop for a couple of pounds I had to pick it up.

I enjoy reading books that have been turned in to film and seeing how they stack up. I’ve always wondered how the Bourne books measure up to their film counterparts, normally the two are quite close with a few bits missing for the sake of time, with parts being cut that are not critical to the story. That’s really not the case with this book.

Overall it’s an enjoyable read, it’s a bit hard going in places, the detail is high and the depth of the story is interesting. It’s a completely different story to the film. Although the film has clearly been based on bits of the book, the key story line beyond Bourne’s amnesia is completely different and it took me a while to adjust my expectations accordingly. I had to force myself to divorce the the film from the book I was reading before I could let myself get drawn in to he story.

I might return to it in a couple of years and see whether my view of it has changed. My overall impression has been coloured by my expectation of the book being more similar to the film I enjoy so much, I’d like to read it again without having to go through the process of finding that out and see if I enjoy it more.