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Trailer for Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go is being adapted to the big screen, directed by Mark Romanke and with a screenplay by novelist Alex Garland. Stars include Keira Knightly as Ruth, Carey Mulligan as Kathy, and Andrew Garfield as Tommy. It’s hard to say much about the plot without giving away the secret (and oh boy, is there ever a big secret!), but below is the recently released trailer:

The movie isn’t out until October 1, so you’ve got 3 months to read the novel. (Click the image at left to find it at an indie bookstore near you.)

And those of you who’ve already read the book: are you excited for the adaptation? What challenges do you think the adapters face? What advantages do you think the film might have over the book, or vice versa? Personally, since the novel is written in a (quite limited) first-person point of view, I’m interested to see how the film slowly lets the audience in on the truth about Hailsham. In fact, I wonder if this might feel more natural—and less manipulative—in film rather than first-person narration.

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