Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.
This book was just strange for me. I read and was caught by haunting quality of the prose, but somehow kept expecting more in terms of the actual action. The story was sad and disturbing and yet the characters just seemed quietly accepting throughout. When the book ended, I felt like it was just a quiet sigh of resignation- and somehow, I kept expecting there to be some actual action or condemnation or something. I don't know- I didn't really enjoy the book, but I can't stop thinking about elements of it.