image via e. Literi where Cumberbatch fans can find a whole page of Benedict’s quotes
About the bookStephen Lewis, a successful writer of children’s books, is confronted with the unthinkable: his only child, three-year-old Kate, is snatched from him in a supermarket. In one horrifying moment that replays itself over the years that follow, Stephen realizes his daughter is gone. With extraordinary tenderness and insight, Booker Prize–winning author Ian McEwan takes us into the dark territory of a marriage devastated by the loss of a child. Kate’s absence sets Stephen and his wife, Julie, on diverging paths as they each struggle with a grief that only seems to intensify with the passage of time. Eloquent and passionate, the novel concludes in a triumphant scene of love and hope that gives full rein to the author's remarkable gifts. The winner of the Whitbread Prize, The Child in Time is an astonishing novel by one of the finest writers of his generation.
Benedict Cumberbatch, a huge reader—probably what makes him so sexy to so many women—will play Lewis in the BBCOne/Masterpiece Theatre production:
“I read the novel years ago and it stayed with me — profound, beautiful and very moving. Only Ian McEwan could write about loss with such telling honesty. We’re very excited to have Stephen Butchard’s subtle and brilliant adaptation, and in Julian Farino we have an extraordinary director who delivers emotional truth. I’m so proud The Child In Time will be the first drama produced by SunnyMarch TV.”
Obviously this is tough material, the kind of stuff that scares some people away, bringing you face to face with the possibility of that kind of loss in your own life. While it may be devastating, I appreciate the cathartic, therapeutic benefits of art like this while my husband still hasn’t seen Mystic River because it deals with a father’s loss of a murdered child.
Which camp are you in?