Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

Title: Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Genre/Themes: Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Humanity, Identity, Freedoms, Human Rights

Blurb from Goodreads

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Daycomes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.

As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together.

My Review

Thought provoking.

Life shattering.

Gut wrenching.

Searingly painful.

Utterly beautiful.

A story about what it means to be truly human.

Sometimes reviews are not really needed. This book just says so much for itself.

five stars

So you’re waiting, even if you don’t quite know it, waiting for the moment when you realise that you really are different to them; that there are people out there who don’t hate you or wish you any harm, but who nevertheless shudder at the very thought of you and who dread the idea of your hand brushing against theirs.

The first time you glimpse yourself through the eyes of a person like that, it’s a cold moment. It’s like walking past a mirror you’ve walked past every day of your life, and suddenly it shows you something else, something troubling and strange.

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13 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Book Review

  1. I’ll always remember this one not only because of its story but because it showed another dimension of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing arsenal. But just like the rest of his works, this one is thought-provoking as well although set in the future.. 🙂 I love how you were able to get to the point of the view by the use of very few words.

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