Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Media Wednesday

This month's book club selection was The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham (not to be confused with another book called The Dressmaker that takes place on the Titanic).

I mentioned in a previous post that this book has now become a movie starring Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth.  

This book takes place in Australia following World War II (I think, I don't remember ever having this detail nailed down), in a small rural town.   We are given numerous details about the villagers, so much so that I eventually gave up trying to keep them all straight.  We meet the main character at the start, she is making her way back home after living abroad as a dressmaker.  Her mother is unwell and she has decided to come home to look after her.  There are a few male characters that become part of the story, and I had a hard time trying to figure out who Liam Hemsworth would be playing in the movie.   I finally checked IMDB when I was finished the book, and I was still kind of surprised about who it was.  I didn't think his character was actually that important when I was reading it. 

It took me about halfway through the book to actually start caring about the story, but even then, I was not overly impressed with the way the plot played out.  There was too much death, carnage and bad luck.  I think I know what the author was trying to do, but I didn't really enjoy it.  If I see the movie on Netflix or on TV somewhere I will check it out, it will be interesting to see how the movie adapts the story.  It says it is a comedy drama, but to me, I didn't get much comedy from the book. 

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