Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.”

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My Rating: *4.5 Stars*

Science Fiction, eh?

NO!

Then what?

More of Coming to Age and Dystopian novel.

Oh!

Btw more of a mixture of genres, Gothic romance, dystopia, coming to age, a tiny winy bit of SF.

Synopsis:

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well-tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.


You know what, we do have a movie! But wait, first read the review and decide for yourself do you want to read it first or watch it. If you’ll watch it first, you’ll not be able to enjoy the very essence of the book. Read it without any hint.


Book Review:

“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”

Well, this book shattered me, no, no, broke my heart. You know, I don’t want to tell you anything about this book but I do want to say few things about it. I’ve very conflicting thoughts about how much I should disclose so that you can also enjoy the experience of reading this book followed by watching the movie.

You come across books that are perfect and I love coming across these books and Never Let Me Go is one of them. This book have a such a powerful narrative and the story flows. I like the kind of stories where people talk about their past, they talk about people from there past, I like the small details and memories. You know how when parents or grand parents tell us about their life and what they used to do and how were things back then, it’s always intriguing. Similarly this book have it all, such a good characterization, I liked knowing about their life in Hailsham. This book have this Gothic spell but that is not the only thing that I loved about this book.

Let me tell you what I loved…

The book revolves around the life of three friends Kathy, Ruth and Tommy. The narrator in this book is Kathy who is a care taker and as I said it is more of coming to age book, because Kathy in this book tells about their life growing up in Hailsham and how their life took turns and how it turned out.

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I don’t know how to describe the beauty of this book but few morning I woke up early just to read this book. When I read it, I didn’t know what was happening, I kept on reading and reading until I understood. This book moved me emotionally and then at one instance it shattered me. I felt so bad for all of them, specially Kath. Everything was so unsettling,  this book raise questions about ethics and morals.

You don’t realize what you are getting yourself into and in one moment everything is clear. His writing and structure of the book will make you want to read the book, but on the same front you’ll find it hard to decipher what he is trying to say and where the story is going and that is what I found unsettling.

I’m not gonna tell you what this book is about, read it, struggle and enjoy.

The book is haunting, sweet and sad at the same time…

Judy Bridgewater – Never Let Me Go(Tommy and Kath made me discover this song)

Darling,
Hold me,
Hold me,
Hold meeeeee,
And never (never),
Never (never),
Never (never),
Let me gooooo

Happy Reading!

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Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“I will never, ever regret the things I’ve done. Because most days, all you have are places in your memory that you can go to.”

AND

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

15507958My Rating: *4.5 Stars*

Just when I promise myself that I won’t read any romance novel, I come across a romance novel that I just can’t avoid reading. Anyway, this is not a romance novel, I was so wrong (the description and read color book jacket fooled me).

The other day(last month), I came across this movie trailer and I literally picked up this book just because of the upcoming movie release and I had no clue what I was getting myself into. However, I’m quiet happy that I did pick this book up.

So, yes I read this book last month around 3 or 4th April. I read this book in one sitting and I remember that night it was raining(and you have no idea how much I love rains!). So, it was a perfect setting “romance + rain” (well it works for me.)

About the Book:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

Now about the book. I loved for most of the parts, it wasn’t just romance, but also make you think about your life and relationships with people that you have in your life, be it your significant other, family or friends(kinda philosophy of life stuff). This book made me happy and sad, I can say the story broke my heart in the end.

I liked the writing style and the character development. I guess there wasn’t anything new in the plot(not something extraordinary, you can find plots like this one out there), but what the author did is stir the emotions that are hidden inside the characters and that is something that makes this book stand out. This book makes you re-evaluate things, it makes you ask questions about your life and makes you think, where the hell my life is going. There weren’t many scene that will stay with you after you finish this book, but the way those written words make you feel makes all the difference.

I didn’t like the starting very much, but I’m glad that I read it. This book also showed the beautiful nature of love and how life is a bitch and how once we are trapped, the harsh reality slap hard on the face. The fact that we get attached to people so much so that the mere thought of their absence from our life makes us feel lost and terrible because seriously who are we kidding forgetting is hard be it good or bad. So, ya that is why this book broke my heart, stir those feelings.

“I realized I was afraid of living without him. How is it you have the right to destroy my life, I wanted to demand of him, but I’m not allowed a say in yours?
But I had promised.”

The character of Lou was really good, such a caring person. I loved her.

I totally hated her boyfriend though, Patrick.

The relationship between Lou and Patrick can totally be explaind just by listening to this song, it’s called “I was a fool” by Tegan and Sara

There was just being with each other for no reason whatsoever…

I also loved the character of Will, he was a person who push himself, never settle for anything less than what he deserve and like to live life to the fullest. Loving him and living with him is not easy, but what a wonderful guy!

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I loved the moments that Lou and Will shared…

“…I told him a story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other much when they did, but who found they were the only two people in the world who could possibly have understood each other.”

This is not a very coherent review(but none of my reviews are), and I really don’t know where to start and where to end because there is so much to it. I really don’t want to spoil anything for you, I’m forcing myself to not tell everything and I’m seriously missing a bigger picture here in this review. I really don’t want to talk anything what goes between Lou and Will, you should read it yourself.

Just a reminder before you read, half way through the book you may need a pack of tissue papers. Believe me!

And Me Before You  is not a romance novel. Love yes, romance no(a little tiny winy bit).

And the title? You’ll get to know why it’s “Me Before You” for that you have to read the book or maybe this quote will tell you, but then for the inside story you still have to read the book.

“I told him I loved him,” she said, her voice dropping to a whisper. “And he just said it wasn’t enough.” Her eyes were wide and bleak . “How am I supposed to live with that?”

You know what I’m trying to say here, that you should definitely read this book and again remember the tissue papers, I mean it.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: One Day by David Nicholls

“So – whatever happened to you?’
‘Life. Life happened.”

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My Rating: *3 Stars*

When did I read this book? hmm…3 years back first semester break, the time when I was 18. I remember I had nothing good to do and then I decided to buy, guess what? , some romance novels.

So I got this book, one Julie James book(which was awesome) and few mills & boon(when I sent the pictures of what all I bought one of my friend literally asked me after seeing those mills and boon books “Why did you buy condoms?”, I know *sigh*). Don’t judge I was feeling lonely and hormonal.

Back to this book.

If you want to smile, laugh, cry, cringe, sigh or just plain sit on a roller-coaster of emotions, then read this book.

Okay few things I really loved, few things not so much.

Well, not my favorite book but then the story is rare and entertaining.

The best part of this book? Emma, yes the female lead. She was nerdy(and I love nerdy people), funny(in a weird way), down-to-earth and amazing person.

Dexter? I didn’t like him at first. I don’t like bad guys and he was seriously not a nice guy. So, it took me some time to actually like him and then came the end. I hated him for most of the part.

The book in itself is cheesy and then Dexter made it corny. This is not true love thing because I have no idea how can people live with such denial, and lies for so many years. It’s kinda degrading.

Well the guy in this book, remind me of someone I know and seriously I can’t understand these people. I don’t know what they get out of cheating on so many people.

Cheesy? Because again a story, where the guy is totally fucked up and then he realize that the girl who was there all along is “The One” and then he turn himself into this amazing loving person(Ya that story) and they end up together.

“You can live your whole life not realizing that what you’re looking for is right in front of you.”

The end.

I didn’t like this book very much because I totally detest this kind of man.So, I’m biased here.

I won’t recommend this book, you can read it if you want(you can definitely read, don’t listen to me. I’m getting old) . Yes, you can totally watch the movie, One Day (It’s better).

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Why did I add this picture? because well two beautiful people. Duh!

Update:

This song totally reminds of this book, so here it is, “Say You Love Me” by Jessie Ware

Book Review : The Girl From The Woods by Amar Shekhar

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**I have received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review.

Author: Amar Shekhar 

Publisher: Notion Press

Published: June,2015

My Rating : *3 Stars*

“Which means I didn’t like it much, it was just fine and a nice read.”

Synopsis:

A wilderness photographer finding spiritual solace in nature takes a trip to Shimla. What he thinks a regular assignment is hardly what the trip turns out to be. From falling accidentally in love with a local mountain girl to allowing self-introspection in the cold valley; from winter camping to sitting alone in the church, this long winding journey itches a permanent memory on his mind. The girl from the woods takes you on a dabbling voyage like never before.

My Review:

Well before I start ,this book is author’s first published novel.

And it is no literary masterpiece and it would be wrong to compare it with one.If I talk about writing it is bit immature and this is something I face every time when I pick books from new breed of Indian writers! There is a long way to go.

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About The Book:

The premises sounded interesting to me, and also I enjoy travelogues and to that this book had romance. For me it was good to take a chance with this book.

In the beginning I was really excited because I love anything and everything that involves nature and for sure this book really had it all. I really liked the way the author described Shimla, every thing about it was beautiful. I loved those forests,frozen lakes,high mountains,cozy little house,dark nights and the street lights.The way he put upon these small details made this book a evocative read.The best part of the book for me.

Characters:

The characters were good, simple people. But I expect a bit more description about the main characters, that make me feel more connected to them and easier to imagine, but this book was lacking on that term. I didn’t even know the name of the characters in the first few chapters and were actually disclosed in later part of the book. So, the characterization needs improvement.

Yes,I agree the characters had this emotional depth associated with them and I liked that.

Romance:

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As an avid reader of romance novels, the story line seem to me a bit predictable and I really didn’t enjoy it much and it was bit cheesy.

Also I found few plot hole in last few chapters and I was also expecting an epilogue! because It’s good to know what exactly happened in the end.