4 stars – a thought provoking read
In one of the most acclaimed and strange novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, “Never Let Me Go” hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, “Never Let Me Go” is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.
Why did you choose to read this book?
I added this book to my TBR after a recommendation from one of my friends – and then dusted it off on Friday to read in advance of our Book Group meeting next week.
The Book Review
Never Let Me Go is a really difficult book to review without giving away the reason behind the book. It is narrated by a women called Kathy who is 31 and has been a carer for 11 years – she is telling the story of her life, starting with the time spent at Hailsham School. Throughout the course of the novel we learn about her relationship with her friends Ruth and Tommy.
What is unique about this book is that it is not until the middle that you find out what makes these students so special, and not until almost the end until all the pieces come together – this isn’t a book with dramatic twists and turns – but the way Ishiguro writes you are just completely drawn in to Kathy’s tale, and you want to keep turning the pages to find out why Hailsham School is so revered.
I read this book in two sittings and really liked the writing style – I can’t believe that this book is so high profile yet I’ve managed to avoid any kind of spoilers – I think if you knew what the book was about before you read it you might find it pretty mundane.
I’m glad we picked this for our Book Group as its the kind of book you can only discuss with people who have already read it!
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