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Friday, November 23, 2012

REVIEW: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines 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.

Book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Literary / Speculative Fiction
Series: Standalone
Obtained: Purchased
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket (5 Zombies)

 I know that this review was supposed to be posted a while back, but Blogger's scheduling mechanism seems to suck pretty badly, so it never went up :'( Sorry for the delay, but here it is:

Never Let Me Go had been sitting on my shelf for a while before I finally picked it up on a whim, and if not for the intriguing cover, I may never have read it. I am soooo glad that I did! It was one of the best books I've ever read, and it really made me think.

From the very first page, I was drawn into the beautiful imagery and the plot that managed to be fast and slow at the same time. I couldn't believe how compelling the story was, how hard it was to put down when I had to go to class! I was super hooked.

Towards the end of the novel, there were a few slow points, but never any deal breakers. This book deserves its solid five zombie rating, and I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet.

(There's also a movie based off of it, which I haven't seen yet, but I'm sure it's awesome, too.)