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Words, Words, Words

A catalog of my comments and thoughts on books, reading, and writing as well as anything I come across that seems interesting. I used to sell other people's words at an independent bookstore but now I hope to get by on selling my own.

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro I think I really liked this book. I hate to say it, because it sounds like much of what I had previously heard that threw me off more than anything, but it was like a dream. Well, like a dream on TV or film anyway. What I mean is that there seems to be all this going on that I could not quite grasp, so much that even how I feel about the novel is hard to pin down.I have to imagine this is partly intentional. Much of what really clicks is shrouded in the beginning and it does not really kick it into high gear until late, and there is so much to it and so many powerful issues, be it science and progress or society or knowledge or love and friendship that it pulls you in and spins you around. The writing is unassuming and while some facets of the characters and the very conceit of the story sometimes wears thin from a practical perspective, the astute reader will catch an undercurrent of something brilliant.I guess this is to say don't expect to fall in love with the characters by page 5 and don't expect to know what is going on even if you do figure out what it is. It is both obvious and not, bear it out.Finally, I guess I can call it a very successful book based on the idea that a book's purpose is said by some to be getting the reader to continue to the finish. This one seemed to falter at times, but ended with me anxious to read it again. A rare quality