Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
A tale of deceptive simplicity that slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance – and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro’s finest work.
From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, 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.
It’s a very thoughtful book. There are a lot of details, sometimes too much that I wanted to skip. But, everything means something, if you read the details it only accentuates the description of the scene. Its set in a very different world and situation. I had seen the movie a couple years back and only recently found out that it was originally a book. I could see a lot of differencedifferences (as usual) between the movie and book. The movie was good, but I really wish some original book details would have been added because those were important, at least that’s what I feel.
I knew how it would end, and I managed not to cry almost till the end, even though the writing doesn’t make you cry. It slowly breaks your heart. I burst into tears because of the last paragraph and the more I thought back to the whole story, it crashed down on me and I couldn’t stop. Not everyone might cry but its a must read for everyone. It’ll take time to get through it, but its worth it.
Recommended song to listen to while reading this book: Never let you down by Woodkid ft. Lykke