Friday, June 8, 2012

Never Let Me Go.

I read this book a while ago, but never published my review.  No idea why.  So, here it is.

GoodReads Synopsis: 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.

My Thoughts:  When I first read this book, I didn't love it.  I was completely enthralled by the story, but it's a very bizarre situation that you're trying to figure out the whole time.  So, I was slightly frustrated with it.  But now that it's been a while since I've read it, I think it was one of the better books I read last year.  The writing was spectacular, and it was completely unlike anything I had read before or since.  There is a film adaptation (with my fave, Andrew Garfield) that was surprisingly great even compared to the book.  I definitely recommend reading the book and not seeing the movie until afterwards.  The movie gives away the "mystery" a little too quickly, whereas with the book, you work your way into it.  


  1. This sounds like such an interesting book! I need to add it to my reading list! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I really liked the film and would love to read the book! Its such an interesting story!