This summer I was a reading machine. I ploughed through so many books – The Husband couldn’t believe it. One of the books I read was called Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I have to say that overall I didn’t love the book.
It deals with some strange subject matter – donations. I hate to say too much if you haven’t read the book, but basically it’s about people being bred to donate their organs. The book was set in the 70′s, and 80′s. Not only did I find the concept disturbing, I felt the timeframe it was set in to be unreal.
The main character narrates the story. You learn about her childhood experiences and naivete. You also meet a whole host of other characters. Even though the subject matter is dark, the author does a great job of making you want to continue reading so you can figure out the purpose behind the births of these children.
I decided I would watch the movie after I read the novel. How many of you do that? I don’t know why I torture myself. The book always WINS out over the film. The film was well shot, and well acted (Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightly, Andrew Garfield). But the movie missed integral story points that I felt moved this book along and were key to the symbolic meaning behind certain actions. Also, the friendship between the three main characters seemed too rushed and not believable.
I kind of believe that you can’t have both a winning novel and film. I can’t even think back to a time when I read / watched something that was done flawlessly. It’s tough – you create the character in your mind and then they cast someone who doesn’t fit in your head. (For instance, Twilight. The movies’ Bella & Edward would not be my picks. Then again, I refuse to watch the movies.) I guess I should just pick one or the other.
Even though the book is unconventional, I’d recommend reading it for something different!
I’d also recommend Bossypants, The Hunger Games, Something Borrowed, One Day, The Lovely Bones, and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. I’m finishing up the third book as we speak. Next on the reading list, The Help.
What are you reading? Any recommendations?
Enjoy your weekend.