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..:)