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“A Pandora’s box–style tragicomedy . . . [Kaui Hart Hemmings’s] comic sense is finely honed in this refreshingly wry debut novel.”—The New York Times Book Review

“With beautiful and blunt prose, Hemmings explores the emotional terrain of grief, promising something far more fulfilling than paradise at its end.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A surprising and affecting novel, a story about death and infidelity that manages to be a finer, lighter story about life and love.”—Time Out New York

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Auf das Buch bin ich erst durch die Verfilmung mit George Clooney aufmerksam geworden. Nachdem ich also den Film gesehen hatte, der mir ziemlich gut gefiel, wollte ich das Buch ebenfalls lesen.
Kaui Hart Hemmings (übrigens eine AutorIN) beschreibt die Geschichte von Matt King, dessen Ehefrau nach einem Bootsunfall im Koma liegt und kurz vor dem Tod steht. Matt muss nun erfahren, dass seine Frau ihn kurz vorher betrogen hat. Gleichzeitig muss er sich um seine Töchter kümmern, obwohl er keine Ahnung von Kindererziehung hat und muss allen Freunden und Verwandten Bescheid sagen, dass seine Frau im Sterben liegt.
Die Geschichte wird in keiner Art und Weise als besonders dramatisch oder traurig dargestellt, sondern sogar mit ein bisschen Humor und einfach purem Realismus. Ich konnte mir während des Lesens sehr gut vorstellen, dass so eine Situation wirklich in dieser Art und Weise passieren könnte.
Erzählt wird ebenfalls aus Matt Kings Perspektive. Das gefiel mir wirklich sehr gut, denn in der Geschichte geht es schließlich darum, wie er mit der ganzen Sache zurecht kommt. Der Autorin ist es wunderbar gelungen, dass ich mich in ihn hineinversetzen konnte.
Weitere wichtige Charakter innerhalb des Romans sind Matts Töchter Alex und Scottie. Beide müssen auf ihre eigene Art und Weise einen Weg finden Abschied zu nehmen und mit der Situation klar zu kommen. Auch wenn die King-Familie leicht psychotisch veranlagt ist, hat es doch Spaß gemacht ihr Schicksal und ihre Veränderungen mitzuerleben.
Besonders gerne mochte ich Sid, den dauerbekifften Freund von Alex, dem man eine kleinere Rolle zutraute, als er gegen Ende dann letzendlich hatte.
Die Story an sich hat mich durch die interessanten Charaktere wirklich überzeugt.
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Von Jenny am 27. November 2009
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Joanie,die charismatische und abenteuerlustige Ehefrau von Matt, einem Nachkommen und Erben der letzten Könige auf Hawaii, Mutter von 2 Töchtern, hat einen fatalen Unfall beim Rennbootfahren.
Sie liegt im Koma und bald sollen alle lebenserhaltenden Geräte abgestellt werden.
Als Matt die Familie und Freunde zum Abschiednehmen einladen will, entdeckt er, dass Joanie eine Affaire hatte. Er beweisst Grösse, indem er es dem Liebhaber ermöglichen will, von Joanie Abschied zu nehmen. Was dabei von Matt alles in Erfahrung gebracht wird, wie er und seine Töchter den Liebhaber finden, das wird mit Humor, Weisheit und erstaunlichen Erkenntnissen erzählt.
Ein lesenswertes Buch über die Liebe, Abschied, Zueinanderfinden und das Leben mit seinen Überraschungen.
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Von Grizzly am 22. Februar 2012
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I had high hopes with this novel after reading several reviews and a write-up of the film. The story sounded really interesting , but unfortunately the plot never gripped me. Instead, I plodded my way through the book and couldn't feel any sympathy for any of the characters.The description of life on Hawaii didn't appeal to me either. Perhaps one has to have been there to really understand these people. Now that I've read the book I won't bother to watch the film.
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Auch wenn es mir am Anfang etwas schwer fiel, mich ins Buch zu finden und mich den Charaktern anzunäheren, war ich am Ende der Lektüre sehr bewegt. Es ist ein unkonventionelles Buch über den Abschied von einem geliebten Menschen und die Konfrontation mit den Wahrheiten, denen man im Beziehungsalltag nicht ins Auge blicken konnte. Abgesehen davon bietet es einen interessanten Einblick in die hawaiianische Gesellschaft und Geographie. Lesenswert!
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HASH(0x9d798950) von 5 Sternen "My wife's not coming back, my wife did not love me, and I am in charge now." 20. August 2007
Von Mary Whipple - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Matt King, who is descended from a Hawaiian princess and the haole who married her and inherited her land, is the primary beneficiary of the family land trust, and he is now trying to decide what to do with the land on behalf of his cousins and family. The trust is in debt and the demand for prime land in Hawaii is enormous. Matt, however, will be making no decisions in the immediate future, however. His thrill-seeking wife Joanie now lies comatose after a boating accident, and her lack of progress alarms the doctors in Honolulu, who have her on life support.

When doctors are forced to honor her living will, Matt wants their daughters to be with him, and in the hospital visiting Joanie while they await her death. Alexandra, a seventeen-year-old model, returns home from boarding school on the Big Island and, accompanied by Sid, a friend from a previous school, determines she will live her own life, even under the eyes of her father at home. Scottie, the ten-year-old, an attention seeker at school and at home, continues to act out.

When Matt discovers that Joanie has been having an affair, to which he had been oblivious, he is at a loss, and his internal dialogue and self-examination begin in earnest. He wonders about her lover and whether he should encourage this "love of her life" to share Joanie's last days in the hospital. His search for Joanie's lover and the resulting discoveries lead to important lessons and new awareness of his own responsibilities.

The clear presentation of events, exceptionally realistic dialogue, and unique imagery give life to this strong debut novel, and the narrative speeds along. The author's insights into Matt's conflicts and his self-examination during his long vigil, along with his daughters' understandable tumult, provide some emotional moments, while dark humor provides some respite from the tension. The subplots, involving the sale of the land, the individual problems of the daughters, the background of Alexandra's friend Sid, and the life of Joanie's lover, are well integrated, and the conclusion is satisfying.

Though the character of Matt is not based on any particular person, Hawaiian readers cannot help but make associations between his background and that of the Big Island's Parker family, giving an aura of "realism" to Matt's exotic background as the heir of a princess. His generosity in wanting to have Joanie's lover share her last moments strains credulity, however, and the peripheral characters often exhibit extreme behavior. A number of unusually dramatic and cinematic moments late in the novel make this a good story, though not necessarily a realistic one. Entertaining, and filled with tugs at the heartstrings, The Descendants captures the life of a family at a crossroads, and does so with panache. n Mary Whipple
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HASH(0x9cdd7510) von 5 Sternen Better than the very wonderful movie... 4. Dezember 2011
Von Ulysses Dietz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Seeing the film "The Descendants" made me realize it must have come from a book; and so I found it and downloaded it onto my kindle. Not only should Clooney get an Oscar for his performance in the film, but whoever adapted this gentle, soulful, and ultimately transcendant little novel into the screenplay should get one too.

Kaui Hemmings' novel is low-key, unornamented, but richly textured with the complicated social and physical realities of Hawaii - a part of the United States that is by turns very familiar and as exotic as farthest Asia. Matt King and his two troubled daughters, Scottie and Alexandra, are trapped in a tragedy not entirely of their own making, and yet manage to hold onto each other to find their way together into something like happiness. The double gift of this elegantly spare book is that it tells us about an America few of us know, even if we've visited Hawaii as tourists; and it also lays out a searing historic moment in the life of this unique American family that is painful in its realism. I have never read a book that focuses on a great unhappiness, but also manages to capture both joy and humor while doing so. It is one of the few books made into films that made my appreciation of the movie greater in the reading of the book.
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HASH(0x9cdd69f0) von 5 Sternen Couldn't Put It Down 8. Oktober 2011
Von Brianna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I picked The Descendants up in my school library on Thursday afternoon. I wanted to read it before the movie came out next month and just hoped I could finish it in between all of my schoolwork. After I read the first few pages, I was hooked. I debated skipping classes just so I could keep reading, but I went to class counting down the time until I could revisit the characters- especially Scottie. As a reader, I can't help but feel bad for the father, Matt King. He's never been hands-on regarding his daughters often leaving it that for his now comatose wife, Joanie, and the nanny. He is forced to step up with his wife in a coma and actually be the hands-on parent, which isn't made easy by his two daughters: Alexandra (who resents her mother) and Scottie (who is acting out). While dealing with his troubled family, Matt (a descendant of a Hawaiian princess) must make the decision of who to sell his family's land to in order to eliminate debts that they have incurred. This novel is both funny and heartfelt; most books start out strongly only to drag in later chapters, but this novel is the opposite. I was hooked from the first page until the last page; I was actually upset that I had finished reading it so quickly. I strongly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and funny read.
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HASH(0x9cdd66e4) von 5 Sternen Touching and funny story 5. März 2012
Von J. Brandemuehl - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I saw the movie before I read the book. I found the book far more interesting because the characters are revealed with so much more depth. To me, the story is about a middle aged man who's coasted his whole life and suddenly wakes up when a crisis hits (wife goes into coma after a boat racing accident). He's part of a historically prominent land-owning family, wealthy, has low expectations of his marriage, and was an absent parent to his two girls. It's galling to see how disengaged he was with his daughters' lives before his wife had her accident.

This is a character-driven novel and it was fascinating to experience the evolution of Matt King and his daughters throughout the story. They're not likable people but Kaui Hart Hemmings provides just enough of an intersection of tension (wife's in coma, discovers she was having an affair, potential sale of family land etc) to reveal the different dimensions of each character. She's truly masterful in capturing the complexity of being human with all of one's flaws and redeeming qualities. Just when I thought I disliked a character like Alex, the wild self-centered teenage daughter, she does or says something that shows she's capable of empathy and caring for her father. Isn't that what happens in life? You judge someone - they're selfish, they're rude, and then they do something or say something and you realize it's not that simple.
You discover they're kind, or loyal.

I also thought the author did an amazing job of making Joanie, Matt's wife who's in a coma, come to life through the thoughts and descriptions of her from Matt, her daughters Scottie and Alex, friends and extended family. Even though she's lying unconscious in a hospital bed, she is really springs to life throughout the book. She's a force to be reckoned with although she's self-absorbed and not a sympathetic character.

My mother in mid-life moved to Hawaii, found love and eventually died there. The story of love and death set in the landscape of Hawaii was captured in a way that I really resonated with. There's a surreal quality of pain and death in supposed paradise (sunshine, palm trees, beaches). Also the particular dynamics of society in Hawaii across class, ethnicity and family history portrayed in the book was really accurate. It's a slice of life in Hawaii that tourists don't see.

I enjoyed this book immensely and finished it in two days. I love the prose and the honesty in the characters - I really "got" this story on so many levels.
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HASH(0x9cdd6d5c) von 5 Sternen Excellent read, George Clooney, Alexander Payne movie being made 6. Februar 2010
Von Kelly A. Mitchell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I read this book because I was auditioning for a principal role in the film adaptation. I found it difficult to put down. As a long time Hawaii resident I have seen so many TV shows and books that don't give a true flavor of life in Hawaii. I feel this book nailed it.

It has everything you look for in a good story. The characters are believeable and the Kama'aina flavor is authentic.
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