Saturday, May 21, 2011
Book 38 - Never Let Me Go
My thirty-eighth book was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I saw the movie, which was amazing, and thought I would try the book. This is one of the closest adaptations I've ever seen. I enjoy it when the movie stays close to the book and this was definitely one of the closest. Kathy, her best friend Ruth, and their friend Tommy live at a boarding school. But this school is very unusual. The students are clones of people in the real world and, once they get older, they are forced to give donations. Each donation takes an organ from the student until, after four donations, they complete. It has been many years since their childhoods at Hailsham since the three have seen each other. Kathy has become a carer (who's job it is to care for the ailing donors) and has been one for close to 12 years. She meets up with Ruth again and becomes her carer. After being Ruth's carer and finding Tommy again and becoming his, she starts to reflect on her days at Hailsham, the Cottage, and, finally, becoming a carer. As she lays out the story of how she came to understand what she was made for, the reader slowly learns more about Kathy, Ruth, Tommy, and the donation process in general. This is a great book, but very, very sad. If you don't like sad books, you should really stay away from this one...