The Descendants

The Descendants

A Novel

Book - 2011
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A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters--ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex--as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from life support.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2011, c2007
Edition: 2011 Random House Trade Paperback ed
ISBN: 9781400066339
1400066336
9780812982954
0812982959
Characteristics: 297 p. ; 21 cm

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AL_KATHRYN Aug 11, 2016

It's interesting on how closely the movie mirrored the book, that doesn't always happen. Both are excellent.

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CJTroffe
Oct 29, 2015

I enjoyed the movie, but was left feeling like there could have been so much more to explore with the story that the movie couldn't capture. The novel does capture all of the emotion and depth that the movie did not, and I loved it.
It explores what it means to be a native of a particular place in the modern world of mass travel and tourism, social and political issues around money and inheritance, fatherhood, marriage, raising adolescent kids... the book gives the reader a lot to think about without being depressing or preachy.
A fun and emotional read! I recommend it.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 30, 2015

I didn't like the movie and I didn't like the book. I do like the band The Descendents.

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vwruleschick
Nov 05, 2013

Matt King an absence parent who now is thrown into raising his 2 daughters after his wife is a coma in the hospital due to a sporting incident. He has to make some challenging decisions for her, his business, her daughters and the relationships he wishes to pursue(or not). He uncovers some disturbing information about his wife and see how it all plays out. Enjoyed!

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lledomik
Aug 01, 2013

I thought since this was made into a movie it had to be great. I was so disapointed. There is pretty much no plot development. Nothing happens in this story except a lot of thinking and talking. I skim read a lot just hoping that something significant was going to happen but of course nothing ever did. I'm so glad I got this book from the library as I would be kicking myself right now had I paid to it.

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h19835195
Jan 29, 2013

This is not the sort of book I usually read, but I thought the movie looked interesting, and I always read the book before watching the movie. I was pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the story and the quirky characters, although I couldn't stop picturing George Clooney as the Dad, given that he's in the movie ! Looking forward to seeing how the movie compares.

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dkrmwiz
Aug 22, 2012

saw the movie, didn't know it was a book. read the book, happy i did. it was great!

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derkruk
Aug 22, 2012

A universal story told in a very specific location. I though the book had more emotion and depth than the movie.

sablegirl Jul 26, 2012

A wonderful story of family and loss. I enjoyed reading this book and thought it was written just for George Clooney to portray! I could hear him talking throughout the book! I didn't even see the movie at that point. A couldn't put this book down and was anxious to see the movie once I read the book.

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veronicalynne
Jul 05, 2012

I wanted to read the novel after seeing the movie and I am glad I did. I found it to be an emotionally complex story that I could not put down. It was interesting to read how a non-involved father is thrust into the parenting role while dealing with an unimaginable tragedy and betrayal.

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