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Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - Reviewed by CloggieA (28 Dec 2013)
Never Let Me Go is the sixth novel by Japanese author Kazuo Ishiguro. It is narrated in an almost conversational style by Kathy H., a thirty-one-year-old carer. Kathy reflects back on her life so far: her childhood at Hailsham School, a transitional period at The Cottages with her closest friends from Hailsham, and her working life caring for donors. In many ways, Hailsham resembles a typical English boarding school, giving its residents a sheltered upbringing, although it is soon apparent that this is no ordinary academic institution, and these students are, in fact, destined for a vastly different fate. Kathy’s narration concentrates on interactions between the students themselves and with their guardians, dwelling on incidents, conversations and reactions; it sounds, for a woman of her age, quite immature. It may have been shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize, and has been described as brilliant. Never the less, some readers will find the characters unappealing and the whole execution rather tedious.
Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - Reviewed by rachthevego (25 Apr 2012)
My husband came across this book on a blog and thought it might appeal to me. I am surprised I hadn't come across it before.
Though, I guess, technically, it is science fiction, there is only a small aspect that really meets this mold.
In this way it did remind me of books such as "Brave New World" and "Unwind" but in other ways it was less of a Sci Fi and more of a Young Adult fiction book. The sci fi / spooky aspect was in the believability that the depicted society could eventuate in future if we let it!
None the less it was enjoyable and well written. I am not sure I would go out and see the film adaption although I think it would probably adapt well in that media moreso than other sci fi novels.
Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - Reviewed by Laura (24 May 2011)
Never Let Me Go is set in the 1990s in England...however, the England in this book is not quite the England that we are familiar with. There is a whole 'race', for want of a better word, of people who were cloned for the purposes of being donors for the rest of the population. The story is narrated by one of these donors, Kath, as she looks back at her life and the meaning of it.
I was really excited about reading this book - I had visions of Ishiguro taking me to a really strange and surreal world, but one that looks remarkably like the one we live in now. I have heard many people talk about the beauty of Ishiguro's writing and stories, and I was very keen to experience it for myself.
Unfortunately, when I reached the last page I just felt a little bit underwhelmed. The book was definitely enjoyable, but it wasn't anything amazing. I thought the writing was a little bit simple, stunted even, and I didn't ever really care about the characters that much. Although I don't necessarily love sci-fi books, I felt like this one could have done with a bit more sci-fi and a little less 'feelings'. The concept of the donors, and this parallel society is such a great idea, but we never really found out that much about it. I wanted to know more about the process of the donations and how the 'real' people felt about these donors, and less about Kath's sexual exploits.
I know lots of people really love this book, and are excited about the recent film adaptation. For me, I'll be waiting for it come out on DVD and my copy of the book will be donated to Lifeline.
Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six novels, A Pale View of Hills, An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, The Unconsoled, When We Were Orphans and Never Let Me Go. He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.
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