Thursday, April 27, 2006

Never let me go


I have never been good at writing book reviews.. even when wev had to read a book and write its review as a part of our english classes, i could never do it right.. the essence of a review is that it should cover the important aspects of the book and make it look as interesting as ever without actually letting the cat out the bag(if you know what i mean).. i learnt that when i picked up a perry mason detective novel for reviewing and landed up writing who the murderer was at the end of the review.. it was a valuable lesson..but i have never managed to really follow it..
why i talk about that now is because i have been trying to figure out what to say about this book..Never Let Me Go by Kazo Ishiguro.. it is the kind of book that gives you absolutely no indication about what its exactly about and that's the best part of the book.. what seems like a simple story seems to go on and on..and not in a continuos style.. its a very discontinuous kinda writing style when there are abrupt jumps from the past to the present and mysterious breaks.. while reading it..you know something's not right somewhere but you just cannot point a finger at it.. you break your head about what it might be.. when you put the book down and turn in for the night, you continue to think about it.. you try to prepare yourself in advance so that it wont affect you too much when you actually know whats that "wrong" factor in the book..
and when it hits you, it hits you hard.. you want to cry..your heart feels heavy and you wish it werent true.. you wish you had never started the book in the first place.. you wish you hadnt been so involved with it..but thats the beauty of the book..when you look back at it after a few days/weeks/months..all that you think is..wow! that was one hell of a book.. a deeply marking book..
i guess this is all i can say about the book without actually letting the cat out of the bag.. but i cant stop myself.. i want to go and on about the book.. i want to say things that would make you want to run to the local library and pick up a copy of this.. i want to write a beautiful review for this book..a review that would do justice to the quality of this book.. but i know i can't.

i dont assure you that you'll like the book.. i dont know if you'll even feel as strongly as i did.. i dont know if you would just fling it back into the delivery can at the library mumbling something about trashy it was.. i dont know.. but i loved it..in some deep inane way, i liked it a hope and i hope you do too..:)

11 comments:

Vee said...

Hey! I've been walking past this book at the library and the book stores and I keep thinking 'I should read that'. Now your review has gotten my curiosity aroused. Will have to pick up a copy soon. And then we can trade reviews. hehehe

Ramya said...

you must pick up a copy of this and read.. didnt think of it too much in the beginning but i guess my review does tell you how i feel about the book..:) let me know as soon as you are done with it..:)

Vee said...

woohoo, the library has just gotten this book for me. hopefully, i can begin reading it next week. but erm ive already got two books on my bedside table. sigh!

Ramya said...

read it!! read it!! and then let me know what you think about it..ok??? cant wait to hear your comments..and hey, what are you reading right now??

Vee said...

LOL, Ramya you won't believe this...I got the book and started to read the first line and that's when I thought hmm, this sounds familiar. And wouldn't you know it, I've already read this book. LOL I guess the story didn't impact me as much. I thought it was interesting, even disturbing - the idea of it. Being used as donors etc. or being brought up for that purpose. But, it didn't really leave a mark with me.

I'm about to start reading, 'Q&A' by Vikas Swarup.

Ramya said...

@vee - what an anti-climax!!:) the idea of orgam donation is sooo disturbing right??? i mean, imagine being brought up just to have your body parts torn away in a few years.. thats soo sad!:( too bad you didnt find the book as interesting as i did..:) and after all the wait..LOL!!

Mathi Ezhil said...

Well, i haven't had a chance to read the latest work of Ishiguro, but as an Ishiguro fan, i would have to concur with ur ideas.Ishiguro is certainly one of the most prominent writers from the UK who writes on serious things like human conditions poignantly.Am not sure if you have tried The Unconsoled(Surprisingly a Post modern work from Ishiguro) and Remains of the day-Remarkable works.And that was a very nice review of Never let me go.

Ramya said...

@mathi - you seem to be a more ardent book reader than me!:) good.. now you can suggest books for me to read.. i havent read the other works of kashuo ishiguro.. but now that you've suggested it, i'll pick it up sometime..:) thanks!:)

Mathi Ezhil said...

Yeah,putting it on a modest note, indeed am, anything for any fan of Literature.Yeah please try out Ishiguro,especially Remains of the day(which was a booker winner as well).The protagonist Stevens is a metaphor for lot many things in the modern world.And while reading please also watch out for what Ishiguro terms as "memory gaps", in our life.You would find numerous loose fragmented threads.

Ramya said...

@mathi - Remains of the day will also be added to my list.. keep checking back here to see my updates after reading the books..:) at present, i am totally tied to "a suitable boy" by vikram seth and its worse than an epic..1350 pages of fine print and a rather typical indian "soap-opera" style.

nishitak said...

I think that's Ishiguro's writing style. Books that seem to go nowhere and then leave you with a shattering ending.

I loved this one :)