Friday, November 27, 2009

Top 60 novels of 2000-2009 Countdown, No. 34

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I'd had rated this novel a lot higher if it didn't have essentially the same plot as "Parts: The Clonus Horror," which was a clone movie that was given the MST3K treatment, or "The Island," a Michael Bay movie that bombed and came out about the same time as Never Let Me Go. As it is, the book is a meditation on the passive nature of humans (or is the passivity genetic?) in the face of living an abortive life (is this novel really about abortion) because you're not a real human -- you're only spare parts. The true horror of the plot emerges gradually, in Ishiguro's now-patented unreliable, naive first-person narration.  Ishiguro writes beautifully, which makes the situation of the main characters all the more tragic. 


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