Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes 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. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-10-17

Never Let Me Go is a strange sort of book, and I'm not sure how much to write about it, because this is one of those few books that I feel like are enhanced by knowing very little about the premise, and sort of piecing it together as you go along. I can remember specific points of view where some small detail slipped into place and the whole world in the book crystallized around me, and seeing the puzzle pieces fall into alignment like that was part of the joy of reading this book. All I'll say, then is this: Never Let Me Go is a deeply atmospheric and troubling book, set at least in part in a english boarding school, and that it is highly science fictional in that it is asking some very big questions about our use of science and morality, even though at the outset it may not feel like it's that kind of book.

Whether you've been spoiled or not, this book is well-written, the characters are drawn with detail and care, and the atmosphere, as I said before, is subtle and troubling and perfectly rendered. It wasn't one of my favorite books ever, but I know a carefully crafted and precisely written book when I see one, and this is it. If you like that strange liminal space of science fiction that's pretending to not be science fiction, or if you like a precisely crafted atmosphere of unease, this book is for you.

Reviewed: 2015-07-25

Never let me go was the first novel I had to read for studies which I actually truly enjoyed reading.

The book is divided into three arcs which I liked and disliked for different reasons. While I would like to give five stars to the first arc – the second didn’t convince me as much and I’d rather settle for two stars. But as the third arc was good enough for me to go for an over 4 star rating.
As others have said before me – this book is best to read without knowing what the story is about. I’ve had to tell my friends off from reading summaries of this book and to just start reading.
The first Arc was obviously my favourite – I love slice of life and early childhood stories – especially when school life’s included!
I quite liked the characters! While Ruth is far from pleasant I still liked her for being an intriguing character. Tommy is simply sweet and I believe Cathy is a character you can easily relate to. What did bother me though, especially during the third arc, was the way the characters spoke. They seemed to have some form of slang but then it was most likely intended as the author meant for the characters to have a bit of an awkward way of talking. Still bugged me though!
Although one might have wished for a different kind of ending to this story I must confess that this ending is one of my favourites in quite a while. The last page was the one I enjoyed reading most out of the entire book and it’s quite rare that I really enjoy the ending of a story.
I don’t think this type of book is for everyone and I can see why some people may get bored of it which is why I find it tricky to recommend without spilling out what the story is actually about!

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