Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Length: 288 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
I finished this book a few days ago and have been struggling to know how to write about it. I’m not doing this review in the format I normally do. To talk much about this book would be taking a chance on giving the plot away. It’s hard to talk about it without discussing what issue the book is dealing with – which is only really revealed towards the end of the book. So I’m going to first give you the publisher’s description then just share a few brief comments.
From the Publisher’s Description:
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.
In my opinion, the style of Ishiguro’s writing in The Remains of the Day feels very much the same in Never Let Me Go. It is slower paced and has some ambiguity. The only word that comes to my mind for describing this novel is haunting. Once again, Ishiguro writes an atmospheric novel. He slowly lays out the story and little by little reveals hints to what might be going on; yet you don’t find out with certainty until the next to last chapter.
I once again give this Ishiguro title a 3 ½ star rating. It earns that rating because whether I liked it or not (I haven’t been able to decide yet…..), it is very well-written and makes the reader think. It presents a scenario and does a good job showing the reader what it might be like.
After having read two of Ishiguro’s novels, I’m intrigued enough with this author’s writing style to want to read another title. Any recommendations of which novel to read next?