finished reading...

This book is categorized as science fiction, one reason I almost didn't pick it up. But really, it's a dystopian look at post-war life and all the scientific changes that occur. It's a story-teller's story: slow-paced and conversational. That's not to say it's boring, for it's really rather literary. Several times I thought it was going to turn dark or become sinister because the atmosphere lures you into thinking there are lingering twists and turns. But then the relationships evolve and change into something more familiar.

I read some discussion guide questions and kind of wish I had someone to talk to about this book. It made me feel and it made me think. I think I'd like to see the movie.


Mrs. Chili said...

It's been a while since I read it, but if you want to talk with me, I'm always game.

I'll re-read before I go to the film.

The Gal Herself said...

My niece just gave me this book because I loved the movie so much. Now she's taking in the movie and I'm about to pick up the book.

Keeping in mind that I only saw the film and haven't read the book, I am haunted by the thought of it being a metaphor for our education system. We *need* people to dig our ditches and repair our roofs (or give us their kidneys), but that's really all they're good for so we don't want them around. We don't want to be reminded that we're just using them, so we'd rather not look at them. And it helps to think of them as sub-human.

Perhaps I'm just influenced by my trip to Williamsburg (slavery) and now I'm reading The Help. But I know that England is a very class-conscious society and that was my takeaway.

I know, I know ... a little light conversation when you're battling a cold.