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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book was written by the same author of "The Remains of the Day", which I never read but deemed it as a 'literary'-type of book...mainly because I knew it was a movie starring literary-type actors, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. I tried to watch the movie, but it just wasn't my style.

Anyway, I expected this book to be of a similar subject matter. It was not.

It was written well and definitely in a literary prose (IMO) that was believable over the previous book that tried to be in a literary form (A False Mirror). But the story just didn't do it for me.

This book was on my Amazon wish list for years. I don't know what influenced me to add this to my list, but most likely I read a review about it that intrigued me. I re-read Amazon's summary of the book and it still looks intriguing, but it definitely did not match my sense of what this book is truly about.

I am purposely being vague because I certainly don't want to ruin it for anyone who happens to read this review. The book is written so that the reader learns about the subject matter as it goes on. A lot of innuendo that comes to almost full circle, but not quite.

The book gets decent reviews on Amazon. I read it with determination to finish it but I couldn't wait to finish it so I could put it behind me and start on a new one.

I wasn't a fan of the book. I wouldn't recommend it. I didn't connect entirely with the characters and I wasn't sad when I guess I should've been sad. It didn't seem entirely believable, although the subject matter was trying to address issues going on in the world today.

My rating: unexceptional.

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