When I read the book, I found it fairly compelling.
8/24/11 - Today I watched the Netflix DVD of "Never Let Me Go" (2010). The movie was adapted from the book.
It's a dark story about (view spoiler)[children being raised to be donors of body parts (hide spoiler)]. I can't remember how closely the movie followed the book. I didn't find the movie as compelling as I remember the book. I watched it more because I was curious, not because I thought it was a good story. The love between the boy and the girl was touching toward the end of the movie, but on the whole, the story was a downer, IMO.
Perhaps the book was more compelling than the movie because in the book the reader learns the truth about the students' fates very gradually. When I watched the movie, I already knew what their fate would be.
I tend to think there were differences from the book in the way the movie handled the story, but I can't be sure. For example, the movie mentions a song called "Never Let Me Go". I don't remember anything about a song in the book.
The only valuable thought I came away with was the final comment of one of the characters in the movie: "Maybe none of us really ... feel we've had enough time."
Of course, the whole idea of (view spoiler)[ raising children to be donors is a horrible one (hide spoiler)] but it's not inconceivable when one contemplates the horrors human beings have been known to be capable of.
PS - Below are my comments about the cast in the movie:
IMO, actress Carey Mulligan ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1659547/ ), didn't show enough variety of emotion as she played the role of Kathy. Her facial expression remained the same for so much of the movie. For some reason, it annoyed me.
In other words, only Charlotte Rampling's characterization really struck home with me. I was more or less indifferent to the other characters. They were OK, but I wish they had made a stronger impact in their roles. Perhaps what was missing was a certain chemistry between the performers.
Exactly what creates chemistry between certain people seems to be a mystery. It was there between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca". We only know it when we see it. I didn't see it in the film version of "Never Let Me Go"....more
Read in January 2008. Added 4/6/2008 when I joined Goodreads.
Edited 4/11/11: I had a lot to say about this book when I read it. It was our local libraryRead in January 2008. Added 4/6/2008 when I joined Goodreads.
Edited 4/11/11: I had a lot to say about this book when I read it. It was our local library's book group selection in Jan. 2008. I'm sure I have handwritten notes somewhere. Too bad I wasn't a member of Goodreads at the time. I would have recorded my thoughts here. As it is, I've forgotten the specifics, except that I found the book very interesting.
"In relating this journey from loving to loathing of all things American, Changez speaks to a nameless and speechless American whom he encounters in the marketplace of his home city, Lahore, Pakistan." FROM: a Publishers Weekly review at Amazon.com
I loved this book. I've loved Sid Caesar ever since watching his early TV shows, the 1950s series, "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour".
A sample fI loved this book. I've loved Sid Caesar ever since watching his early TV shows, the 1950s series, "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour".
A sample from the book: ============================================ "What it boiled down to is the strength to be able to say, 'I don't want to think about it.' Thinking negatively is the result of guilt and insecurity... You are the person who makes yourself happy. You're the person who makes yourself sad. It's much easier to feel better when you keep remembering that." -p. 481, _Caesar's Hours, My Life in Comedy with Love and Laughter_, by Sid Caesar with Eddy Friedfeld, 2003 ============================================ Good advice!...more
I read this book a while ago, before I joined Goodreads. So I can't write a detailed review. However, I did save the followingRE: _Life of the Party_
I read this book a while ago, before I joined Goodreads. So I can't write a detailed review. However, I did save the following quotation from the book:
"There has to be a certain amount of clutter to enforce your ownership of a room. Flowers or pillows or photographs - these can make a room suddenly spring to life." [From p. 281 of book, _Life of the Party_ by Christopher Ogden (2006) about Pamela Churchill Leland Harrison, (footnotes say the quote was taken from p.111 of "Architectural Digest", June 1984.)] ...more
Added 4/6/08. 3/28/16 - I found the following comments saved among my digital notes on this book. ================================= ---"The novel does geAdded 4/6/08. 3/28/16 - I found the following comments saved among my digital notes on this book. ================================= ---"The novel does get off to a slow start, with an unnecessarily drawn-out description of a luxury hotel." - ---"For some the pace of the book would be agonizingly slow. The author indulges in lengthy descriptions of the landscape and culture of Kenya, while the tragic impossibility of a lasting relationship is played out." ---"I agree with Ms. Hoover who says 'I feel ripped off'...(view spoiler)[The end of this book came out of nowhere (or perhaps out of too many viewings of The Sixth Sense) and negates all that came before. (hide spoiler)] What was the point of the "finely crafted story" (view spoiler)[if it's all not even real? (hide spoiler)]" ---"Any one who can actually follow this story will be not just disappointed by it's ending but disgusted by it's artifice and completely uncalled for dishonesty." ---"the ending was a shocker (did not see it coming, and I know some readers felt cheated after reading that last page)" From: Amaz.com Re: The Last Time They Met : A Novel (Paperback) by Anita Shreve http://uedata.amazon.com/The-Last-Tim... ==========================================...more
1/17/15 - I had forgotten I had read this book already! So, recently I've been listening to the audio version of this book, Enchantment:Added 4/6/08.
1/17/15 - I had forgotten I had read this book already! So, recently I've been listening to the audio version of this book, Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto. I never realized how many problems she had during her life and during her career as an actress. It's almost painful to hear about these things because she has always seemed so enchanting and sweet. It seemed that no harm could come to her. But she had problems like everybody else....more