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  • Title: The Descendants
  • Author: Kaui Hart Hemmings
  • ISBN: 9780099570240
  • Page: 149
  • Format: Paperback
  • A descendant of one of Hawaii s largest landowners, Matt King finds his luck changed when his fun loving, flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma, victim of a boating accident Matt is left in sole charge of his two daughters, teenage ex model and recovering drug addict Alex, and Scottie, a feisty ten year old And then Matt discovers Joanie has been having an affair DecidiA descendant of one of Hawaii s largest landowners, Matt King finds his luck changed when his fun loving, flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma, victim of a boating accident Matt is left in sole charge of his two daughters, teenage ex model and recovering drug addict Alex, and Scottie, a feisty ten year old And then Matt discovers Joanie has been having an affair Deciding to seek out Joanie s lover so that he too has a chance to say his goodbyes, Matt takes to the road with his daughters on a memorable journey of painful revelations and unexpected humour
    The Descendants A descendant of one of Hawaii s largest landowners Matt King finds his luck changed when his fun loving flighty wife Joanie falls into a coma victim of a boating accident Matt is left in sole charg

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    1. The other day my friend was saying to me that she recently saw The Descendants and thought it was a pretty dumb name for a film which has nothing to do with the protagonist s descendants I have not seen it yet, but I thought maybe the title was overtly related to the book, a relation which then became lost in its translation to film Regardless, it does fit the book rather nicely and it is not about the protagonist s descendants, either, but about his being a descendant a descendant of Hawaiian [...]

    2. I have always had a soft spot for books written by women from the point of view of a male character I find them endearing Men writing as women can often be a little unconvincing, with lots of lines like, I jogged up the steps, my breasts bouncing lightly under my summery blouse , or, Suddenly, my period started Women writing as men do not make these sorts of mistakes you don t get things like, I marched into the bathroom and urinated fiercely, remaining standing throughout, although I half suspe [...]

    3. Have you ever been sitting somewhere, life moving all around you, and in that moment you are completely aware You can see the pieces of who you were yesterday falling to the ground as today begins to fill in the holes and all you can manage to do is sit there and watch it dissolve And as much as you know you need to get up, to start assimilating, you find yourself repeating under your breath, How did I get here How is this my life This is that juncture actualized.Matt isn t the best father Hell, [...]

    4. Whoa I m not sure where this author came from, but look out Her characters are in your FACE funny and scary with an emotional swirl in the background that makes it hard to breathe The premise, which is almost beside the point, is that Matthew King s wife is in a coma And he has to rise up to the occasion, and be a parent in a way he never was before You realize, along with him, that these wild, angry girls never really had a parent of any kind Characters daughters and fathers talk to each other [...]

    5. A story set in Hawaii.Matthew is a very rich lawyer he s rotten rich mainly because of heritages he got which date back to his grand grandmother princess Kekipi she married a banker who was her assets manager Now, Matt has plenty of properties to sell and yet, he prefers using the money of his own job I don t like heritages She was seven years younger than Matt They met 20 years ago They got married, they had two daughters.but now she s in a hospital, in a coma she had a racing boat accident Joa [...]

    6. I saw the film last night, and read the novel today Couldn t put it down.I like that order to things film, and then novel If I ve liked the characters story in the film , I like to go to the book because I m sure to find detail and emotional analysis insight there And that was certainly the case with this novel While the film was really faithful to the novel, OF COURSE there is always going to just be MORE of everything in a book What you particularly get of in this book is insight into the c [...]

    7. I really didn t like this book I have to say I liked it enough to finish it it is a rarity if I don t finish a book that I start , but overall didn t like it I couldn t empathize with the dying wife I felt bad that she was dying but I didn t like her character at all The youngest daughter Scottie was made out to be this extreme 10 year old obsessed with sex and fitting in, that would have been believable if she was 12 14, but not 10 The oldest daughter was the most interesting but from the begi [...]

    8. So I may or may not have read this while I was at work over the last monthd I liked it, but I m not sure if I would have finished it had I not been sitting around at work doing nothing It was well written and kept my interest even though I ve seen the movie and knew what was going to happen Probably the only thing that kept me from fully enjoying this book was that sometimes the way the dad spoke about his daughters made me uncomfortable That s about it.

    9. I was hesitant to read this book They made a movie with George Clooney based on it and I thought it was going to be some romantic, Hollywood drivel Boy was I ever wrong This is a layered story of loss, acceptance, discovery and those first few steps to a new life Matt King has had everything handed to him in life The descendant of a Hawaiian princess and a white missionary, he is the controlling partner of a family trust overseeing a great deal of Hawaiian land He has made his life on his own te [...]

    10. You know, it s not until I start reading contemporary fiction that I remember I don t especially enjoy it Not to be simplistic, but if there isn t a dead body, a spaceship, or magic, I m not the immediate target market for your book I picked this one up, though, because it continues my theme of reading books set in Hawai i, and because the film based on the book has been released It took than half the book to sympathize with the character he doesn t talk about love that he has for his wife unti [...]

    11. At heart, all novelists are dreamers We concoct vivid stories from fleeting, overheard comments and turn complex ideas into 85,000 words of captivating prose As we write, we envision other people absorbing our words and finding pleasure or guidance in them If we are honest, we cherish the idea that our stories might reach tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of readers And, if we truly dream big, we envision our words finding their way onto the screen so that millions of people who are not [...]

    12. This is the story of a family in Hawaii The father is a busy lawyer , his wife is in a coma from a boating accident His two daughters he has know idea how to cope with them He has not spent a lot of time with them and now must be both father and mother He is a descendant of a Hawaiian princess who married a white land owner I loved this book It was well written, funny, sad, and you could see the changes in the characters as the story developed Decisions had to be made about the wife s worsening [...]

    13. i like scotttie character for 10 years old she is fiesty, stuborn and strong she done her best to be brave facing the fact losing her mother matt is terrible husband and through his journey letting go his wife, he encounters a fact that his wife was having affair this book is talk about forgiveness and letting it go acceptance but the wording does not connect with me some of the pages i am just skimming.

    14. 2.5 I found none of the characters relatable, so even when there were moments that I was supposed to FEEL things, I didn t For me, this fell flat Probably my fault for expecting too much out of this read.

    15. Unbelievable and unlikable characters abound in this book I don t mind books that have just unlikeable characters so much as they re explained and built up to where can we can understand their choices and personalities This book just didn t deliver that in my opinion The author had opportunities to explain these characters and build up the plot but choose not to for some reason Honestly regret reading this book but did so because I m going to see the movie with some family I ve heard it s better [...]

    16. So goes Part Two of my tour of source material for Alexander Payne movies a director notoriously finicky in culling through relatively unknown authors works, and in my opinion spinning gold from straw I m happy to report that, unlike Rex Pickett s clunky, only occasionally funny but often annoying Sideways Part One of my tour , Kaui Hart Hemmings The Descendants is every bit as good as the movie, perhaps even slightly better The story of middle aged haole Hawaiian Matt King s coming to a life c [...]

    17. I really liked this I saw the movie before reading the book, which I hate doing because I feel the book gets ruined I m always ready to be at the good parts the movie showed.But, in my true fashion I cared for the book than the movie, but both were great I liked how the booked delved into the characters of Sid and Joannie Sid seems so random in the movie, but his character actually makes a lot of sense This might be harsh, but I had abosolutely no simpathy for Joannie s character She seemed lik [...]

    18. After seeing the movie, I decided to read the book, in order to better understand character motivation The movie is surprisingly faithful to the structure of the book but the character of the wife is fleshed out much better in the novel Matt King, the titular head of an extended family with traces of Hawaiian blood, is in charge of deciding what developer to sell the family s pristine Hawaiian land to Between trying to make that decision mostly by avoiding it and focusing too much on his work as [...]

    19. This family melodrama set on Hawaii is an impressively brave, charming and intelligent novel The themes that it sets out to tackle are tough, no doubt about it dying, parenting, adolescence, infidelity yet it handles them with irrepressible warmth, humour and dignity without ever seeming fake or cliched.The characters are each in turn so hostile, warm, selfish, caring, vengeful, forgiving, idiotic, intelligent and a hundred other things beside that I found them utterly believable and ultimately [...]

    20. Such a heartwarming coming to terms with what God throws at you kind of story The narrator is busy pulling out his hair while he figures out what to do with his wild children who in turn are trying to figure out what to do about growing up Throw in a morbidly injured and cheating mother and life is just hell breaking loose So how does Dad make them a family again And can they find closure Where is the trust

    21. The only things I knew about this book when I started it were that it was a movie, and the movie was set in Hawaii.That being said, The Descendants surprised me greatly by becoming one of the best books I ve read all year and I ve read a few books I m not going to dwell too much on the plot The reason to read this book is because of the characters They are dysfunctional, flawed, lovable, laughable and larger than life My favorite character is, by far, the protagonist s, Matt King s, 10 year old [...]

    22. Although the movie put George Clooney in my head the whole time I was reading, I really could see him in the role of Matt King Loved the nod to him on page 44 when Scottie, the 10 year old daughter, was described as wearing a Mrs Clooney t shirt I am looking forward to seeing the adaptation I found humor and affection in Matt s irreverent style of parenting Their family situation might seem unconventional and judgement worthy, but truthfully there is at least a hint of both the marital state and [...]

    23. Audio book performed by Jonathan Davis3.5 Most everyone thinks Matthew King is one of the luckiest men in Hawaii His great grandfather was a missionary who married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and owner with his cousins of one of the largest pieces of undeveloped real estate in the islands But that is not his focus these days His wife Joanie lies in a coma after a boating accident and he is left trying to deal with his two daughters 10 year old Scottie and 17 year old Alex [...]

    24. This is a hard book to read, and ironically it s because the language is so easy Matt King, the protagonist, isn t trying to impress you with his intelligence or make beautiful words He s just trying to make sense of his life his wife is in a coma in the hospital, and his two girls, Scottie and Alex are acting like children Or teenagers He s a father without any guidebook or external support, and he s telling himself that things are going to be okay, and his wife is going to come out of the coma [...]

    25. He s below me He s on a working vacation, staying in one of the houses on the bay that i can probably see from this balcony That s all his office would tell me Shouldn t he be at my wife s bedside Shouldn t I The Descendants by Kaui Hemmings, tells the story of Matt King, whose wife Joanie lies in a coma after a boating accident Matt soon learns that his wife had been having an affair he also learns that Joanie will not survive her coma Matt and his daughters go on a journey to find the man who [...]

    26. Having the desire to read the source material for what was my favorite movie from 2011, I picked up The Descendants and began reading One of my first impressions, and one that lasted with me throughout the book, was how amazingly close the Oscar winning screenplay was to the book Shockingly close Anyone who can command c and command v can write a screenplay, I thought.And then I started to appreciate the real beauty in the book that I was reading Much like the movie, it is heartbreakingly tragic [...]

    27. Talk about a dysfunctional family I swear, every character you meet in this book is a nutjob I recently rented the movie from Instant Video, and since the service gives me 30 days to start watching it I figured that would give me plenty of time to read the book since it has been in my to read list for a while now.To my surprise, I really liked this That was not what I expected when I first picked it up The writing was so awkward, made even jarring by the use of present tense Not to mention the [...]

    28. This story explores themes of family, love, loss, land and legacy Matt King has a lot going on his 10 year old daughter is out of control, his 17 year old daughter is doing who knows what with who knows whom, his family is sitting on the largest piece of Hawaiian real estate not bulldozed into strip malls and luxury hotels and everyone wants a piece of that deal, and his wife was in a boating accident and has been in a coma for almost a month Oh, and he learns that his wife has been having an af [...]

    29. This review has spoilers Overall, I thought the book was ok It s not one I would have chosen to buy it was a book club book.On the positive side, I thought the characterisation was strong I liked Sid and Scottie, particularly On the bad side, the book isn t particularly well written, and the plotting is lazy The writing style reminded me, overwhelmingly, of books by Judy Blume and Paula Danziger and at times it was hard to really believe I was meant to be reading the thoughts and feelings of a m [...]

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