Never Let Me Go
2 journalers for this copy...
I loved the style of going backwards and forwards, Kathy’s (the protagonist’s) matter-of-fact descriptions and observations where at the same time everything is only implied. There are so many details, but the bigger context isn’t given. Only slowly you grasp what the book is about and the truth creeps up on you…
It made me impatient, this hopeless denial, this lack of real understanding: like I was waiting for something to happen that never happened, some kind of a key moment instead of Kathy’s go-with-the-flow attitude. Maybe that is what the whole book is about: NOT primarily about ethics of science, but maybe it’s about accepting “fate”, about not rebelling or running off, about not doing what you really want to do. (And I suppose that’s why we don’t learn anything about the bigger picture and the society that makes this happen, the background.)
“Never Let Me Go” belongs to the same category of dystopian novels like “Brave New World”, “1984” or “A Handmaid’s Tale”, it also reminded me of the movie “The Island“ and of the Sonmi~451 part of “Cloud Atlas”.
When reading it, sometimes Franz Kafka’s words crossed my mind “I think we ought to read only books that bite and sting us. If the book does not shake us awake like a blow to the skull, why bother reading it in the first place?”
No book I “enjoyed” reading, but definitely one that is worth reading.
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Received today! Thank you for sending it so quickly. Can't wait to read it! :-D (I absolutely ADORED Kazuo Ishigiro's The Remains of the Day and been wanting to read more by this writer ever since.)
Kath is a wonderful narrator. She completely draws you into her world, which is our familiar world, yet a parallel, alternate and alienated society. I do think it is about the ethics of science, however indirectly, subtly. This is a portrayal of a society that results from an ethics that ISN'T being openly debated, challenged: this is what (can, or will?) happen when you take "it" for granted.... (sorry for being deliberately vague, don't want to give things away).
Ditto therefore on what Apoloniax says: the characters' complete acceptance of their situation, their passivity is terrible and terrifying. On more than one occasion I wanted to shout at them: do something! break out! resist! rebell! What kept them from pretending they were like the "others", from leading a normal life, from blending into the crowd? What would have happened had they resisted? In the end, the "students" were willing participants in the "role" that was "assigned" to them. They were even proud of it. WHY? This is what gives me the goosebumps...We are left with those questions, and more.
All in all, a very memorable, profound, but also disturbing book.
I will definitely pass this on, just need to make up my mind on whether I'll turn this into a bookring .... or make my friend read this?
I am going to send this book to my friend in Slovenia the next few days.