Saturday, September 4, 2010
by Kazuo Ishiguro
completed July 2010
Kathy, the narrator, has finished her time as a carer and is reflecting back on her past. She takes the reader back to the beginning, her time at Hailsham, a boarding school for special children. Ruth and Tommy are her closest friends, and the story follows the lives of the three friends.
I can't say much more about the plot of the book because the beauty of it is in the discovery. There is a horrifying secret that slowly unfolds to both the reader and the individuals involved. It was disturbing, but so very, very good. I've read many reviews that complain that Kathy is a boring narrator and lacks emotion. To me, her matter-of-fact descriptions are what make this book so haunting. She has accepted her path as inevitable and it is so sad. The relationship between Tommy and Kathy was moving, but it makes the book all the more heart-wrenching. I found myself frustrated with Ruth. She was self-centered and in the end, not a very good friend to either Kathy or Tommy.
There are ethical issues that are brought up in this book and it really made me think. What would I do if placed in these circumstances? I highly recommend Never Let Me Go.
A movie version of Never Let Me Go is coming out soon and stars Carrie Mulligan as Kathy and Keira Knightely as Ruth. I loved Carrie in An Education and I think she will do a fantastic job as Kathy. I watched the trailer for the movie before reading it and I wish I hadn't. Don't make my mistake! If you plan on reading this book, avoid all spoilers. The movie preview gives so much away.
Posted by Kristi at 8:00 AM