NLMG Chapters 7-12

December 25, 2011

[NOTE: Pardon me if I spoil anything for those who are reading on the set schedule; I’ve been so immersed in the book that I’ve accidentally read through to chapter 16.]

As I continue reading this novella, the characteristic of Ishiguro’s style that sticks out to me the most is his almost puzzling way of introducing things. He will have a the narrator talk about a situation (such as Tommy’s odd behavior) and then drop it for several pages. He hints at it, but it is never explained until several pages (or even chapters) later. He forces the reader to look at causes and effects of relationships and events this way, and because of this, details of the text are much more memorable.

Regarding plot, I noticed that this chapter “chunk” contained one of what I expect to be the most important points in the novella. This is where Kathy and the others leave Hailsham – leave the shelter of the protective guardians and are finally allowed to see the world outside the school (although they do not, by choice, for quite some time). One thing I find strange about this period is how Kathy doesn’t find love, as many others do. Is this representative of how her future as a carer will be? I cannot bring myself to accept that her seemingly constant thoughts of love and sex are coincidental. I am also curious about why Miss Lucy is found crying. It is never fully explained, and I would like to know the specific cause (if it is at all specific) behind her distress. I can assume that because she knows about the children’s future and finds it unfair, she become morally outrages and eventually leaves, but I am hoping that there is still key info about the situation yet to be found.

I found it ironic that moving to the Cottages, which would be looked at by most as a chance at autonomy, is never even considered to be such an opportunity by the students because they’ve never had thoughts of running away. they’ve become so brainwashed that when given the opportunity to escape, and run away from the Cottages, they can’t even register such thoughts. It definitely made me look at them as slaves, being trafficked between their “homes” and donation centers.

I am anxious to discover what lies in store for Kathy and the students in the real world, as well as how they interact with outsiders.


One Response to “NLMG Chapters 7-12”

  1. ksdewar said

    Good post. You raise some interesting questions and thoughts. Your comment about love and sex makes me wonder what Foster would say.

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