Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me GoNever Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This novel reminds me of the kind of art where a change in perspective reveals a darker more cynical work hidden in plain sight: think a friendly looking sculpture that casts a sinister shadow or a painting that when flipped is the evil opposite of the other orientation. It's more subtle here but there's a real miasma that drifts through this novel's pages. The stink, in this case, isn't coming from the characters or even the rather disturbing secret at the heart of the plot but rather from the lingering realization that this story isn't that far fetched and that there's a good chance everyone would just let it happen. This is the sort of book that makes me dislike people. Haunting.

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