Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: Review
This isn't one of those dystopian novels where you know the situation almost immediately--know who the good and bad guys are and what the issue is. For the first third of the novel, I could barely figure out what the problem or point of the novel was to begin with.
Kazuo does a stunning job of slowly unveiling the truths and stories of the characters. He gives you just enough to keep you reading, but never too much that you feel like you know exactly what's going to happen. You find that, as the reader, you feel the emotions that the characters can't or don't yet realize that they feel. And if you don't cry by the end (out of happiness or not, I will not say), you probably need go to the doctor for some sort of chemical supplement.
I have difficulty giving "star" ratings, because I feel it's nearly impossible to rate all books on the same scale; however, it's definately a must-read for dystopian writers and readers and, well, pretty much everyone else.
Now, there have been some reviews pondering why the characters did not escape. I did question this towards the end of the novel, but I think most who have read this book eventually realize that it's really just wishful thinking. Deep down, it seems clear that the world that the characters live in is all that they know, and they could never possibly imagine going against it. Yes, they probably could of escaped successfully, but they'd never heard it done before, so why should they to rebel? This is not a novel focused on rebellion, it's focused on innocence and relationships and ethics.