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Never Let Me Go: from book to film

2011 is going to be another big year for some very well known books to be release as films. The film version of  Pittacus Lore’s ‘I am Number Four‘ is on its way to our screens, and you might have seen trailers for a great new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre‘.  One of the more intriguing adaptations that has literally just hit the cinemas is the film version of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, ‘Never Let Me Go’.

The story is based in an alternate reality, where children are cloned and raised to become organ donors for non clones, or ‘originals’.  Three of these children – Ruth, Kathy and Tommy – form a close relationship.  Although all three are destined to become donors who will ‘complete’ or die after a number of operations in which their organs are removed, the story looks at human experience and relationships.  Even though these donors are considered sub human, Ishiguro’s novel explores what it is to be human and how, no matter what our destiny, humans all share similar experiences.

Ruth, Kathy and Tommy are played by Keira Knightly, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield in the film.  It’s quite a haunting film, and very compelling.  Why not have a read of the novel to complement your viewing of the film?