Never Let Me Go was a book club read. It is a lot like the only other book by Ishiguro I’ve ever read (Remains of the Day) in that not a lot happens. Basically, it’s a coming of age sort of thing with a twist. You sort of know what the twist is, but it doesn’t really have that much effect on these kids growing up. I get the feeling I missed the big climax. Like, I didn’t really understand why it was such a big deal. Maybe I’m jaded. I don’t know. It was pretty writing and the pictures drawn were very clear and precise. I just think I missed something.
I just looked at my blog and thought, “Holy cats! THAT’S the last thing I posted about? I must have been doing too much reading and not enough posting.
So, here it is quick and dirty. Things I’ve read that I deem worthy of precious blog space:
Homer & Langley: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow is fantastic. It’s almost a history of the 20th century in America as told by Homer Collyer. Homer Collyer is the blind brother. Langley is the brother who came back from World War I not quite right in the head.
Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s an interesting look at the history of marriage in the Western tradition. My favorite part is when she quotes the “great North American philosopher Pamela Anderson.” I love Pammy.
Walking to Gatlinburg: A Novel by Howard Frank Mosher. This book was like a circus. Including the elephant. It’s almost like The Odyssey set in Civil War America. Loved it.
Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel (Penguin Original) A really neat fictional biography of Charlotte Bronte’s life while she was writing Jane Eyre. Well, and after that, too. It avoided being all over-dramatic and “Emily Bronte-ish”. It was told matter-of-factly. The way I imagined Charlotte Bronte to be.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Quirk Classics: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) I read this prequel because I loved P&P&Z. I didn’t hold out a lot of hope for it, but I thought I’d give it a try. Steve Hockensmith really nailed the voices of the characters. Aside from learning the deadly arts and slaying zombies, the characters don’t do anything outside their personalities as prescribed by Jane Austen. My only complaint was the vast gore involved in the ending to kill off all the characters that don’t make it into the original. Some people like that stuff. Far be it from me…
There you go.