Completely agree with this spot on review.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
- I’m starting to think any book under the genre of “literary fiction” has to meet one of three definitions:
1) Has a plot that is mostly some kind of allegory but when you get down to it really just means nothing much happens.
2) Include detailed but detached and unexciting descriptions of sex. This shows you, the writer, and you, the reader, are adult, and have had sex, but that you totally don’t care about it.
3) Steals ideas from science fiction without any of the important science and plausible future parts of science fiction, thus keeping the genre “prestigious,” unlike the genre or pulp fiction the ideas originated in.
Never Let Me Go manages to hit all three definitions. Bravo. Much like an Oscar-winning film can never be a comedy, it seems an award-winning literary fiction…
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