Monday, May 09, 2005

Over the weekend

Kazuo Ishiguro's "Never let me go" touched me in a way I cannot describe. I suppose its normal to feel odd once you are through with a book - feel a vague sense of loss- but this left me pensive and morose. That isn't to say that I didn't like the book. Its lovely, and I think Ishiguro is one of the truly original writers of our times.

(Warning: spoiler ahead)

Growing up in what appears to be Malory Towers of sorts, Kathy, Ruth and Tommy slowly realise that something isn't quite right, that they are different. They are part of a cloning programme, and their sole purpose is to donate their vital organs once they come of age. Life then becomes a mute acceptance of their fates, a bleak existence until the inevitable end. And yet, there are moments, relationships, memories...Maybe that's how all life should be, accepting whatever comes your way would be the best way to live. The path of least resistance is perhaps the wisest.


Venkat said...

One of the movies releasing this summer called "The Island" looks to be a straight lift from the book you have mentioned. Here is the plot summary for the film. The core story is the same with a few hollywood twists of course.

Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid 21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the "The Island" - reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of the facility are actually human clones whose only purpose is to provide "spare parts" for their original human counterparts. Realizing it is only a matter of time before he is "harvested," Lincoln makes a daring escape with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson). Relentlessly pursued by the forces of the sinister institute that once housed them, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a race for their lives to literally meet their makers.

ahiri said...

Dear Div ,

The review is heartfelt and made a great read.

The book hints very subtly about what they are made for (not until the end) and a review should do justice by hiding it ever so subtly .All through it meanders through their lives - happiness , hostel fun , misunderstandings - "normal" emotions
while the question is only a deep ,ever-present undercurrent.To give away 'what they are made for ' would in a way rob the reader's joy .

Diviya said...

well, thats the purpose of a spoiler alert :). But thanks for the suggestion.

ahiri said...

bleep i completely missed that . Sorry yakkow .