In honor of the occasion, I'm enjoying a laid back week of posting: sharing reviews of books I've read in March.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
At first you think Tommy, Kath, and Ruth are sort-of typical kids at a British boarding school. That they're going to be dealing with some interesting, but not completely unique, coming-of-age-type story.
Then Ishiguro drops a hint here.
He whispers a little something there.
He lets you know that what is happening is not typical.
Tommy, Kath, Ruth, and all the other students are not normal. They're different. There is something special about them. Something they are designed for.
Something they become. Something they complete.
I don't want to spoil it.
But it's a lovely, sad, and heart-breaking book.
You are with them as they figure it out. As they realize they always knew it. You watch as they accept it.
Ishiguro approaches a lot of interesting questions about morals, ethics, technology, and science. At the same time, it's a book about adolescence. About how adolescents treat each other in the more human and cruel ways.
In this way, Tommy, Kath, and Ruth are completely normal.
It's a slow and quiet story, but packs a punch under the surface. I was mesmerized by the way Ishiguro reveals the story to us in pieces. As Kathy narrates she links her stream of conscious thought to different events, pulling the veil back a millimeter at a time, until you accept their fate just as they do.
I highly recommend this book.
Have you read it? Have you seen the movie?
What did you think?