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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
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Apr 21, 12

Read in April, 2012

Sometimes I really do agonise about what rating to give to books.
Do I evaluate them according to reading pleasure? How much I actually ENJOY reading them?
Do I grade them on perceived literary value? Originality? Emotional and intellectual engagement?

This is a slippery book, and truly, I could give it anything between a 3 and a 5. In some ways, I thought it was brilliant; but I'm not sure if I had much pleasure from it.
I couldn't really decide if it was subtle, elliptical or just too full of blank, unexplained spaces.
WHY didn't the characters fight against their fates? (Or is that the genius part?)

To say much about it is to give too much away.
The first person narration gradually reveals a story -- through selected memories -- that is humanly banal. And then there is the gradually creeping realisation that there is something really strange at work in this fictional world. Dystopia, or realistic fiction? And do we even know which one it is that we are living in?

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