Monday, 1 August 2011

Summer Reading

Three Hendersons read Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro. Three Hendersons aged 17, 40+ and 50 liked it. At least two cried. Three Hendersons were unsure about the film adaptation. One friend is less sure of the book. That's books for you! 


This Henderson also re-read The Chrysalids by John Wyndham and mentioned on the cover of NLMG. Intriguing comparison. Both dystopian, both science-fiction(ish). In the 1950s Wyndham wrote about nuclear age anxiety, fear of the other, mutation, evolution and change, with hefty doses of quasi-fundamentalist Christianity. In the 2000s Ishiguro seemed to be wrestling with the ethics of genetic manipulation, ends justifying means, human rights and the nature of personhood. The last of which transported me back to classes with Prof John Zizioulas when I were a lad. Clue: It has to with freedom and love.


Interestingly for preacher me, the word 'apocalyptic' would be used more of the Chrysalids than NLMG. This, I suspect because in popular usage the A word has come to mean 'to do with the end of the world, catastrophe and what happens after'. To me, it means, 'unveiling' or 'revealing' - using heavily symbolic language to show what we seeing and not seeing right in front of us, now. In those terms I reckon NLMG is the more 'apocalyptic' of the two. Pretentious moi? Either way, I really did cry at the end of NLMG.