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Aprendí que en el campo de la medicina hay muchos dilemas éticos especialmente relacionados con la calidad de vida. También explica la importancia de tener un testamento. En este libro verá muchas vidas que se ven afectadas por las decisiones que toman los médicos, las enfermeras y las familias.
Las memorias de este chico realmente me impresionaron. Decidí leer este libro después de verlo entrevistado por Jon Stewart. ¡Ha experimentado mucho y probablemente solo tiene 30 años!
Instead of giving a synopsis, I'll give you a little history behind this novel. The author, Takami, submitted it to a First Novel competition which was overseen by a panel of judges who are renowned literary figures of Japan. It was slammed by the entire panel as written by a perverted mind, someone who was really disturbed, & they voiced their opinion to the public. With this infamy, the book was published by a small press & it quickly gained a cult status with the youth culture--making a massive clamoring by film companies to turn it into a film which became a very controversial subject among parents who wanted the film banned. The filmmaker passionately defended the film & the novel, challenging the parents, government & PTA to view the film with open minds to see for themselves what the film's subject was & it's meaning. They did, giving it a standing ovation & reversed their decision to ban it. The film & novel became a cult sensation here in the U.S.--touching off many imitators (HUNGER GAMES anyone?)--with a lot of people missing the message much like they did with A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (but that's another discussion). I found the novel to be very entertaining & written in a very sophomoric prose--but regardless, it does make one think about how far reality television, the government & society can push past the boundaries of sanity. Yes, it's gory. Yes, it makes you want to see who survives the deadly game the students are subjected to against their wills. Yes, it shows you how friend will turn against friend in order to win the game. I would say it is not a waste of time but there are better books to read. One thing I do have to say is: The manga adaptation is garbage & takes exploitation to new heights. I'm not a fan of graphic novels depicting rape as a form of forced-submission by law enforcement officials & the manga does it with sickening visuals. While the novel merely hints at it, the manga reveals it with full two page spreads & almost revels in it--not for those with weak stomachs. Nevertheless, the manga does go far deeper into the backgrounds of the characters than the novel or the film--so much is revealed about them, the game of death takes a backseat. Read the book instead.
Grade D+. Book P1.