Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro
In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England.Tweet
The story, told by Kath as a young woman looking back on her life growing up in a boarding school. It looks at her relationship with Ruth, her best friend, and Tommy, her other best friend. In their school they were looked after by 'guardians'.
The story hinted that these children were 'special' but never expanded until nearer the end. The plot follows these three children until they lose touch only to find one another a couple of years later. It is difficult to describe the plot without giving any spoilers so all I will say is ...
I was glad I didn't read any reviews until afterwards as I enjoyed the book and wasn't swayed by other people's views. I found it sad but very plausible. It really shows what conditioning can do to people, how sometimes they never look for another way.
Classified as science fiction but find it only loosely fits in this category. A good read with an easy style and easy to follow plot.
I've read this book twice, more recently as part of my reading for Gloucester Book Club. Second time round I was just as affected emotionally as I had been the first time. The young people, cloned from others, just accept their fate, don't ever really question that their sole purpose in life is to be donors of their body parts. It's moving, heart rending, and a picture of a life compressed into 30 years instead of 80. I can honestly say it's a novel that has left me thinking about it for ages after I finished it.
I recommend this book because it's a good novel and it teaches you about "Love, friendshi & memory" so I think it's good novel.
The fact that the main character is very passive and simple accepts her fate is what makes this book so heart renching.