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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Never Let Me Go

So, I was supposed to be getting a desk copy of Kuzuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Actually, let me be clear: I said I didn't need a desk copy, and someone insisted on getting me one anyway. So, Monday, the book was sent over via a student.

Deborah Smith's Never Let Go. Which is not at all the same as Kuzuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go.

Different author, different title, different ISBN number. How do you even manage that?

Good thing I didn't need that desk copy in the first place.

And, to top it all off, it looks like a truly terrible book. Here's the back cover material:
Confusion, fury, and disbelief filled Rucker McClure's soul when he saw his wife across the airport waiting room. A year ago Dinah had vanished without a trace, but he'd never stopped looking for her, never given up hope -- until now, when it seemed all his worst fears were true: she's betrayed her country and abandoned the husband she'd sworn to love until death. Tormented by conflicting needs to comfort and punish the woman who'd shattered his trust, Rucker lashed out at Dinah when she begged for his help -- but despair warred with a hunger that time and lass had only deepened. With so many secrets between them, only a shaky truce was possible, but Dinah needed to prove she was still his. Rucker was the dream that had kept her alive in a world of terror and pain -- must she sacrifice forever in his arms to save the hero of her heart?

WTF?! I don't even want to read this to see how bad it is.

I just noticed, though, that one of the blurbs is from The Advocate, a Baton Rouge newspaper with which one of my handful of readers is very familiar.

Anyway, I'm annoyed that it's the wrong book, but I'm more annoyed that it was sent to me in full knowledge that it's the wrong book. What the hell am I supposed to do with it? Having somehow managed to get completely the wrong thing, why would you send it to me, like maybe this will do? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!


  1. hee hee hee. The Advocate. hee hee hee.

    I'm not that crazy about Kazuo Ishiguro anyway, so maybe you're better off...

  2. Yeah, I thought you'd get a kick out of that :)

    Never Let Me Go is the only one of his that I've read. I thought it was very good, though perhaps not great. Haven't seen the film version - not sure I would just for the story (it's not one I'm sure I want to "relive"), though I might to see if Carrie Mulligan and Andrew Garfield are good.

  3. I've read and seen The Remains of the Day. Tragic. The movie had Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. The book and movie were both really well done, just hard for me to enjoy. Kind of like Schindler's List (I'm not equating the importance of the story, just that it's something everyone should experience once).