My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I saw in Amazon that this is one of the best-selling for the Author (Kazuo Ishiguro). All the description of this novel told me that this is a story of three friends (Ruth, Kathy, Tommy). I grew up the curiosity. Why would someone be awarded the Noble with these type of typical story lines? This should be some big deal. So, I wanted to try his literature.
It was not an interesting a start, but the steady pace slowly pulled me into the story. The story is narrated by the protagonist(Kathy) with a flat but emotionally engaging tone. The narration was subtle enough to make believe the story for real. The end was not which I expected. But, any other end other than that will be more dramatic. It creates a vacuum so much, so that there will be an impact felt post completion of the novel.
What defines the edge of morality when it involves the need for survival? What happens if human become more selfish and cruel? What really sets the human distinct as a species? As a story, this novel bases the uncomfortable answers to these questions. I had been into a world, where I felt thankful for that world not being exist in real.
I’m bit skeptical about the genre of the story. Though, it’s likely to be a sci-fi dystopian novel, there are no hints of technical jargons. Thus, it leaves a lot of space for assumptions. The end still didn’t add up with whatever reasoning that is being told as rationale.
After finishing the novel, I even watched the movie version. It was just the highlights of the novel but with beautiful screenplay. It was Tommy’s (Andrew Garfield) innocence and Kathy’s (Cary Mulligan) acceptance to the fate nearly broke my heart in the end. I had relaxed only after I realized it is just a story. The acting was spectacular.
Overall, it was a good read and watch.