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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Nov 14, 11

bookshelves: cloudy-day-tumble-down-house-girls, my-heart
Read from November 10 to 13, 2011

I can't decide if the writing in this book is poor or very clever. I didn't much care for the writing but the fact I have given it five stars in spite of that is due to how much the story grabbed me by the heart and bitterly broke it. I'm so glad it doesn't have the happy ending many people have said they wanted from it because it just wouldn't say what it does. This book hurt me and made me want to scream with Tommy but it's so perfect that it had to be that way and I love it for making me feel like this. I saw the film first and while it changes and misses things as films will do I still think it's a good adaptation. I think I loved the book as much; both have things the other couldn't give you.
The writing, it just seems naive, not the work of a writer who has been at this craft for a long time and won prizes. The book feels almost like an accident, like it's a work of genius that existed in the spiritual fabric of our world and needed to be told and chose an amateur to tentatively and lovingly tell the story. I haven't read any of Ishiguro's previous work so I have nothing to compare his writing to but I don't believe this is indicative of his skill. I say perhaps it's very clever writing because as the story is told from Kathy H's point of view, who is naive and innocent in terms of the world and has a slightly teenager-like voice. Perhaps it's on purpose to make you feel the fragility of this tale and work. It feels shakey and undeveloped but it almost makes it all the mosre beautiful. I know I won't be able to stop thinking about it.
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