Monday, January 09, 2006

6. "Never Let Me Go" ~ Kazuo Ishiguro

Imagine a future where children are brought up in schools only to serve as "parts" for other people's deteriorating bodies. Never Let Me Go follows the lives of three students, told through Kathy's point of view, which is both haughty and just unreliable enough to question her memories.

The plot is fascinating, reminding me of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale in its thoughtful inquiry of ethics. Ishiguro's writing flows smoothly, with beautiful description and imagery. However, several intriguing arguments are interrupted when Kathy spins on her heel and stalks off. While this is true to many people's character, it is not expected of the Kathy presented as inquisitive and curious. This is the major flaw of this novel because we expect her to at least wonder why no one tries to escape his or her fate, but the subject is never brought up. If not for this one point, I would have closed the book with a satisfied sigh.

4.75 out of 5.0 White Islands.

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