26 Mar 2011

Review: "Never Let Me Go" - Hard to let it go



It was seriously hard to let go of "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro, when I had finished the last sentence. It almost clung to my hand and I re-read pages and paragraphs over again. It is strange because when I first started out reading the novel, I gave up a few pages in and thought that it would be one of those books that end up gathering dust without me ever getting them read. However, when I gave it a second try something clicked and I became absorbed in the story. I will try to write a brief review here with no spoilers because this is one of those novels that deserve to exist in a spoiler-free environment.

It is England as we know it and then not really. Kathy H., a women in her late twenties, is reminiscing about her idyllic childhood at the oh-so-English boarding school Hailsham. Her memories are full of afternoons playing rounders, doing arts and crafts projects and hanging out with the other children, especially Ruth and Tommy who becomes Kathy's two closest friends. However, as the plot evolves, it becomes apparent that something is going on. It is not all as perfect and peaceful as it seems on the surface, actually something rather sinister is looming just around the corner.

I won't tell you anymore but if you like a book to surprise you, to keep you on your toes, to engage you and leave you breathless, you simply need to read this book. Especially as it has been made into a film starring Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. I really want to see it now that I have read the book - and I hope that you will also feel the need to see it when you have read this incredible novel.

6 comments:

  1. I loved the book and recently watched the movie. I think they did a really wonderful job. Obviously it's not perfect, but I felt like it did a great job maintaining the tone from the novel.

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  2. I recently bought this book. Can't wait to read it now!

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  3. http://dl3mashael.blogspot.com/2011/03/brief-illustrated-guide-to.html

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  4. Andrew Garfield and Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley are all very good in their roles, but the film (alas!) isn't great. The script leaves everything to voiceover and doesn't give the actors much to work with. :(

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  5. Avid Reader and Jenny - you've made me really curious to see the film since you seem to disagree. I will have to check it out :-)

    Sam, i'm sure you will like it!

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  6. I absolutely LOVED this book. It was the first I had ever read from this author, and now I can't get enough. His style is haunting. You're right - you just can't let this book go.

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