What a great book! I read it after it won the Giller Prize once upon a time. Perfect tension between the magical and real, with no answers as to which one is the stronger. Brilliant.
So here's the thing: the movie version by Ang Lee is being released today! Awesome! Never expected it could be done, and to boot it is being HIGHLY rated...four stars from the Globe and Mail!
So here's really the thing: I have (so far) successfully instituted a rule in this house that you read the book before you watch the movie.
Alright, I made one exception for Lord of the Rings, which Teenaged Son (who was not Teenaged at the time) had not yet read. And is, in fact, STILL reading...but I digress...
I do WANT to take The Teenagers to see this film, but guess what? Yes. Neither of them has read the book. Although I have been throwing it in their direction for years...yes years...there it sits. Charmingly displayed on Teenaged Daughter's shelf with other colour-co-ordinated books which have all been read and a matching piggy bank.
And Teenaged Son will be studying it in English this year and I said See, I told you you should have read it!
All to no avail. So, what to do? It seems possible that my influence in this area is waning, and my angst is being noticed by no one but me...
But seriously, you really should read it. Really.