NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro
What if cancer and many other diseases could be cured, but the method is so heinous it would be kept from not only the general public but from the donors themselves? Where do you draw the moral line between the health of yourself and your loved ones and the life of another being? This book paints a ghastly portrait of the lengths to which some will go and how ignorant we can choose to be. It's done in so beautiful a prose that even though you suspect the disturbing truth, you can lie to yourself all the way to the end. But deep down, you do know. And you are forced to examine your own hypocrisy.
I still am not sure how to answer some of the questions I asked myself when I put the book down. And I didn't like my answers to some of the others. I appear to have some work to do to bring my actions in line with what I profess to believe. Ignorance really is bliss. Or is it?
This book reminded me a lot of The Handmaid's Tale. Not the story itself, but how it was written. I enjoy first person point of view, and there is something very appealing about being spoken to as if you understand all the odd terminology and then finding out whether or not your assumptions were correct or not. However, not all questions are definitively answered by the end of Never Let Me Go. I think that's what makes it so powerful. I don't rate books, but I have a feeling this is one that I'll be thinking about for a long time to come.
Other reviews of this book:
For a different point of view, see John's review at Book Mine Set (Part I and Part II). Just so you know, there are some spoilers there. He also has links in his comments to more blog reviews. Happy exploring!
And here is a review from Chartroose at Bloody Hell, It's A Book Barrage that includes some great humor. (Not to mention that the Monty Python photo in the header always makes me smile!)