Friday, April 22, 2011
Review: Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Source I own it
Kathy reminisces about her life and her friends as they grew up at a school in the English country side. Living sheltered, content lives despite the underlying secret of their real reason for existence.
I thought if I gave myself some time I'd be able to form a better opinion of this book but it doesn't seem to be helping so I'll try. First of all I was confused why most of the book seemed to focus on the mystery of the characters existence when, truthfully, there was no mystery. They knew where their lives were headed, they knew what would happen to them, and they didn't seem to care! Were we supposed to be seeing some deep symbolism or have some great revelation about all this? Because if we were, the author's choice for a reminiscent protagonist who sounds like a confused old lady probably wasn't the best way to do it.
Kathy was likable enough, even though she sometimes sounded like an old lady rather than a 31 year old. Tommy was probably my favorite because he was the most amiable and yet had all those angry episodes as a child. That made him interesting in my mind. Ruth...grrrr! I know what made her the way she was; I know people exactly like her and they're like her for the exact same reason, well besides the whole clone donor thing, but they're the most frustrating type of people. Heaven forbid they should ever look stupid or not have their self esteem validated on a minute to minute basis!
Would I recommend it?
Yes, if for no other reason, then to see if someone can explain it to me! However, there was a lot of talk about sex so if you're squeamish about that then maybe you shouldn't read this one.
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