A couple months ago I stumbled upon a book at the local bookstore and was immediately attracted to its captivating cover and summary on the back. Now I know people say we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but I definitely think that this one's an exception.
The book revolves around 3 good friends (Cathy H., Ruth, and Tommy D.) from a prestigious English school in the countryside. To not give too much away, I'll try and describe the plot as best as I can without having to flash a spoiler alert warning.
The narrator is Kathy H., a woman who introduces herself as a "carer" mere months away from becoming a "donor," as though the reader should know what these terms mean. Everything is precisely told in a matter-of-fact voice that never questions the strange terminology and conversations that alert the reader to something more grave lurking under what seems, on the surface, to be an ordinary story about three childhood friends. As the three grow up, they begin to face moments more important than the minor disagreements of childhood.
Kazuo Ishiguro's self-consciously disturbing novel immediately made me question the ethics of science even though the he never directly mentioned it or even raised the topic. I found his ability to allegorically tell the story, yet still make the audience read between the lines, allows for the reader to experience or feel exactly what the character is feeling at the time the event is happening to the character.
To my delight, the book was made into a movie, which I just so happened to see last week. Though it did veer a little away from the story line of the book, I still LOVED it. Of course, it does help that i happen to love Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield.
What I loved most about this film was that it seemed so "real," in the sense that all people (including myself) at some point in their lives, feel the complex emotions that these characters felt and went through... You'll definitely feel your gut wrench and heart break watching this movie.
(Images via: Google Images)