A Reader posted a review at 2008-09-20 08:45:58.
SPOILERS! Heh. Very disappointing book from an author I like. It gave me the same feeling I had when I read Oryx and Crake - a famous literary author condescends to write in the science fiction genre. Ishiguro's premise is hardly as original and earth-shattering as he thinks it is. What's worse, it is not thought through at all -- a successful science fiction book makes you buy the premise, no matter how absurd, by thoroughly working out all the consequences. This book simply layers the premise onto what what is recognizably our world wholesale - as though the government cloning humans solely for the purpose of organ donations wouldn't really cause any changes in society. Not for a second did I believe the premise. What's left is a well-written coming-of-age novel - Ishiguro masterfully details the shifting feelings, jealousies, and misunderstandings of 3 schoolfriends as they progress to early adulthood. To me, there was absolutely no reason to make them clones, and man, there's a sentence I never thought I would type.