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Book: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Length: 288 Pages
Synopsis (from Goodreads): ‘A tale of deceptive simplicity that slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance – and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.
‘Never Let Me Go’ is a moving new novel that subtly re-imagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy–now thirty-one years old–lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed–even comforted–by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham’s nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood–and about their lives now.
A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance–and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.’
I don’t think any review can do this book justice. I read it back in 2011 and it still haunts me to this day. When people ask me to recommend a ‘good’ book for them to read, I always recommend Never Let Me Go. Because it is simply amazing.
I’ll admit that I was misled into reading this book. I thought the book would be about something completely different when I read the blurb. It was a welcomed surprise.
I’m not even sure what genre this book would fall into. There’s elements of dystopia, romance, sci-fi. And Kazuo Ihiguro has done an amazing job of making them all fit beautifully together.
When reading the book, it dawns on you that there is something not quite right at Hailsham. And that feeling stays with you for page after page until the awful, cruel truth is revealed.
This book is heart-breaking, yet hauntingly beautiful. It made me feel so many emotions. Happiness, sadness, anger. But ultimately, I felt despair. An overwhelming sense of despair. It raised so many questions for me. Ethical and philosophical questions. Even now, years later after reading the book, I still remember the wave of emotion I felt when I accepted the characters fates.
Looking back, I now realise how ironic the title is. I don’t know whether Kazuo Ishiguro did this on purpose or whether the title in some sense represents the hopes of the characters. I guess it doesn’t really matter because regardless of Ishiguro’s intentions, it fits beautifully with the story.