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Paul Austers Music of Chance is a story about risks money and one mans lack of direction in his life In the beginning of the story the protagonist Jim Nashe an ex-fireman from Boston spends a good amount of time just driving around the country using the remaining amounts of his money his father had left him in his will He couldnt stand staying for more than a couple of days at most in one spot He was always on the move and as a result he lost precious time that he could have spent with his daughter in Minnesota It wasnt until one day while driving on a lone road he spots a disheveled young man by the name Pozzi The two form a partnership for an upcoming poker game This all takes place in the first chapter of Austers book and it serves an important role by allowing the reader to enter Nashes life It becomes understood that he is not sure what he wants to do with himself and with his life He drives all day and part of the night but at the end of his travel ing he truly has gone nowhere The movie does not include these crucial events Instead Nashe only mentions that he drove a lot in his past but he does not touch on important things like his daughter and his run in with Fiona The deletion and addition of certain events in the movie creates a whole new theme from that of the book version making it a somewhat less emotional and suspenseful The first chapter in the book is such a crucial element to the story because it illustrates Nashes search his own life He just inherits two hundred thousand dollars and he grows confused as to where his life is going that he practically just wastes it all away He did manage to think of Juliette and set up a bank account in
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