Books versus movies, round 2

I am excited by both of the next books and subsequent movies that I’d like to share with you about, but I don’t know which to start with.

Hum, de, dum…okay I’ll go with Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

I love it when one book bridges the quite different composition of two book-groups!

This wonderful book did. From two completely different spheres in my world, this book came with exciting recommendations.

If you haven’t read it, race out to your favourite book shop and buy it now!

It is exquisite: it brings you joy, it brings you sadness, it brings your LOL moments, it brings you hope!

Wiki reveals:

The Secret Life of Bees is a 2002 historical novel by American author Sue Monk Kidd. Set in the American South in 1964, the year of the Civil Rights Act and intensifying racial unrest, Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees is a story of coming-of-age, of the ability of love to transform our lives, and the often unacknowledged longing for the universal feminine divine. Addressing the wounds of loss, betrayal, and the scarcity of love, Kidd demonstrates the power of women coming together to heal those wounds, to mother each other and themselves, and to create a sanctuary of true family and home. 

The book’s premise is about Lily’s search for a connection to her mother who died in a tragic accident when she was a toddler. Set in South Carolina in the 1960s, this book explores race, love and the idea of home in difficult times. It is a beautifully written drama that keeps the pages turning–yes you have to work through all the trauma and disappointment, but in the end you close the cover with a satisfied sigh, ‘all is well in this world’.

And the movie, it’s a little like the book reader’s request for Clark Gable to star in the movie of Gone with the Wind. The actors were almost better than a perfect match for their characters. I would say the movie was a little softer than the book, but with Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson (don’t you love her music!), Sophie Okonedo (did you recognize her from The Slap) and Dakota Fanning, it was brilliant!

Read the book first and then savour the movie.

And my final book (maybe) in the book versus movie debate, will be tomorrow.
I’m excited, are you?
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