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Apr. 12th, 2005 | 09:56 pm

a couple of weeks ago:

I picked up Never Let Me Go in the many-storied Shinjuku bookstore I remembered from high school. It is in paperback in Japan and I used the "it is a little cheaper" argument to buy it because I would have bought it in hardcover soon enough and perhaps left it unread.

I felt sick today and went to hide in the Regenstein Library for 4 hours napping and reading, alternately feeling more nauseated and better as time passed. Never Let Me Go is another odd novel.

The main character, Kathy is 31, she has worked as a "carer" for the past 12 years. She had a happy childhood in an exclusive school without parents or visitors. Her childhood was without consumerism, without television. At her school, the children traded art and poetry with each other. All of the children were told early on what was to happen to them after they graduated, they knew but didn't understand what this would mean, they had fantasies of working at stores or offices and when they graduated would gossip about former students who had somehow been allowed to live these fantasies.

This book reminds me of The Cement Garden with horror, beauty and the unexpected freedom of children.

Last Friday:
I went to a book reading by Ishiguro. It was really good. It was held in a gothic style chapel, for those who know the church upstairs from the Seminary Co-op at the University of Chicago. Ishiguro read a section of his novel about a rumored art gallery that their best works were being collected for and displayed in.

It was wonderful, because I finally thought I had a way into The Unconsoled.

Here is a link to an interview with him that actually explains more about The Unconsoled.

Interview with Ishiguro

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