My first attempt to read Jodi Piccoult’s novel and I chose the critically-acclaimed “My Sister’s Keeper”. I knew about the novel for ages because I am a Hollywood freak; so every major new films which include those from novel adaptations are all in my clutch! Haha! I was perusing my sister’s bookshelf (Hehe!) and found this one. With the tagline emblazoned on the cover “discover why millions of people love Jodi Piccoult”; I was coaxed and curious to read this novel.
The novel’s cover.
Honestly, this novel was a bit slow and draggy for me. The overture and the narration were somewhat saturated with unnecessary descriptions irrelevant to the gist of the novel. I understand that the theme of the novel centered upon emotional upheaval but too much of self-monologues sometimes induce soporific phases…….. Zzzzz!
The film poster. I think I should watch this as a lot of people said that the movie is a tear-jerker. Unfortunately the book did not do that for me. (,”)
The Fitzgerald family. Jesse, Kate, Anna (who seek to emancipate herself medically from the family; played by Abigail Breslin) and Sara (Cameron Diaz. She rarely took serious role! Now, Sara is a strong woman character. I wonder how was she in the movie. Curious!)
Furthermore, Piccoult used several perspectives of story-telling; usually we would only have one or two personal pronouns in a novel, depending on protagonist involved (for example like “A Thousand Of Splendid Suns; Khaled Hosseini introduced two protagonists and that meant two personal pronouns, REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/behind-the-veil-of-the-afghan-burqa-the-story-of-an-illegitimate-harami-an-outspoken-carefree-spirit-a-thousand-splendid-suns-by-khaled-hosseini/) but in this novel, we have at least 5-6 characters with their own narration of the emotional upheaval using the pronoun “I”. I know for some this is trivial but for me, it did bother and disturb my emotional connection to the characters as I had to change the mood to feel for each of the character’s plights and problems!
Nevertheless, this novel is not without GOOD POINTS. I applause the efforts done by Jodi Piccoult in getting the scientific methodology and terminology right (I am sure she did her bets homework ever!) and embroidered that well in her fictions. That is really remarkable. AND, the finale of the novel was somewhat unexpected and I liked the twist. Unfortunately, the momentum only excited me as the story was drawn towards its 5% of the ending.
But on whole, it was all about mother’s love. A mother who would go extra mile to do the unthinkable one, even if other prying eyes saying that it is morally unacceptable; as long as her child is in good health. It is interesting to fathom the possibility of having a ‘designer baby’; a baby of which you as the parents could pick the chromosomes determining the sex, the physical traits or even the DNAs that are bound to make up the wholesome of the baby you are about to have. Now, interestingly, I have covered an issue about Scientific ethics via “Three-Parent-Babies” IVF which involved replacement of mitochondria (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/09/11/the-3-prent-babies-the-evolution-of-mitochondria-replacement-in-vitro-fertilization-or-an-unlawful-menage-a-trois/) – the question arisen; are humans playing God now?
Sara shaved her head so that Kate won’t feel ugly and in the novel Anna also shaved her head and the three of them walked in the mall. This could have been a powerful scene for Diaz if she really shaved her head but reports claimed that she did not do this for real. Too bad. It could be an Oscar glint for her!
On whole, I guess I should see the movie version because people said that it is quite heart-wrenching. Unfortunately, this novel did not stir my emotion as much as “The Kite Runner” (REFER to https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/a-sad-story-of-a-pashtun-a-hazara-two-brothers-betrayal-redemption-the-kite-runner-by-khaled-hosseini/) did but still, a good read. But I honestly think that Jodi Piccoult’s are NOT my type; I don’t know; so far that’s what I feel.
The film version where Sara (Cameron Diaz) shaved her head to be ‘the same’ with Kate.