5/365 – Read the Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

The Descendants

Our Project365 continues with something mellow today: reading The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings. This book has been on my to-read list for quite some time, but I’ve only recently had time to sit down and enjoy a book. I’m glad Hemming’s work was my reintroduction back into pleasure reading.

I whizzed through “The Descendants” in three sittings.  Not a light read by any means, but still pretty quick.

After finishing the book, I decided to watch the movie and see how it compared.  Overall, I think the movie was well cast and I understood the reasoning behind most of the changes made in the movie.  There were a few changes, however, that I found quite interesting. Protagonist Matt King’s youngest daughter, Scottie, is more foul mouthed in the book than in the movie. She still has that same spunk that Hemmings described, but her movie character was packaged a bit more neatly. Speaking of which, I think Matt King’s character comes across as more likable in the movie than in the book. I remember reading a discussion about the book online and someone commented about how she couldn’t understand why these characters would do and say such terrible things to each other. That point resonated with me and it was something that I also considered, although I guess there could be many explanations of why Hemmings wrote her characters the way she did. Perhaps to make the characters more complex and three dimensional or maybe their behavior is symptomatic of the emotional chaos they’re all living in?  I don’t know, now I’m rambling. I would be terrible in book club. My comments would most likely make everyone tune out and start doing mental grocery lists in their head.

What books are you folks reading? Any books you’d recommend?

The Descendants