Always interesting to read the original tales, written in very different times by very different people who faced death as a necessary fact of daily life. Strangely enough, we've grown into a society of easily offended, self-proclaimed immortals by comparison. Worth the effort for those who (like myself) hadn't read it and took the Hollywood spoon-feeding as gospel. the actual story reads a lot like all the scenes/dialogue that might have ended up on the cutting room floor. Too reflective, maybe too philosophical and wordy for Hollywood to capture verbatim. It's an emotional/psychological narrative rather than a graphic gore-fest. Much detail is left up to the reader's imagination; which may be why it could be a challenge for the average 21st Century reader.