Friday, 23 March 2012

Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is a fictional story focusing on three classmates from a unique boarding school, who have to each deal with the questions of loss and mortality. Kazuo Ishiguro is able to  talk about the difficult issues of the future that we all have to eventually face. How as we grow older, we'll lose our friends and family, things once familiar to us disappear, while trying in vain to cling to our memories of how things used to be. Kazuo asks one of life's unanswerable questions, of how do we come to accept the fact that our lives are limited and attach some meaning to our limited existence? 

After finishing this book it definitely made me think and consider the important points that was dealt with in the book. This novel is extremely different from my average reads. The book was not fast paced but followed the life of the three school children as they grow up, information was slowly given. The book didn’t make its own statements, but lets the reader form their own ideas, making it a very interesting read.

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. 

Never Let Me Go is a extremely deep and moving novel that has recently been adapted into a motion  picture, which I can not wait to see, especially since it's got Andrew Garfield!

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