Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro has been one of the most compelling and heart wrenching books that I have read this year. This is also one of the most difficult reviews that I have written this year! How do you not give away the plot without speaking so highly of the Tone and Themes associated with Never Let me Go? Kathy H., Tommy, and Ruth, three school friends are a scientific controlled group of clones that are given a good education and purpose in order to change the the current view of others. Ishiguro's provides a haunting yet insightful reminder at how disengaged we have become as a society and tackles a controversial subject at the same time. Kathy narrates the story of her and her friends' lives, as they go from school to becoming “carers” for clones undergoing surgery to becoming “donors” themselves. Yet each of the students are naive to an extent that the innocence becomes chilling to the reader as the navigate relationships, sexuality, and often personal insight to their own situations.
“Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go
The significant information is cleverly hinted to the reader; from the beginning the chilling euphemisms that tip you off that something is wrong. The term 'donor' for clones giving up their organs so that other people can live is especially cruel, and tells you a lot about how people in this world view clones. At the end, when Kathy and Tommy find out the truth the novel displays the hidden truth that "caring professions" represent an illusion of what is an institution and the personal who are in charge are good. I believe that is why the reader knows what the outcome will be so early on in the novel. The pace of the novel is good and it had my attention throughout.
Kazuo Ishiguro discusses Never Let Me Go
The most chilling line was, “If you're to have decent lives, you have to know who you are and what lies ahead of you, every one of you.” Each of the students at Hailsham discover this as they grow together yet some like Ruth cling onto hope that things will be different. I also liked the how a “person’s soul is reveled through their art.” This not only created conflict for Tommy but brought it home to the reader at how judgmental we can be at times.
“It was like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you've made, and there's this panic because you don't know yet the scale of disaster you've left yourself open to.”
Most of all, I liked the love story of Tommy and Kathy. Their emotional connection, every step and growth of their relationship rings true for this reader, and it is it is genuinely heartbreaking at the end. I really enjoyed Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I will purchase his other novels and read them.
“It never occurred to me that our lives, until then so closely interwoven, could unravel and separate over a thing like that. But the fact was, I suppose, there were powerful tides tugging us apart by then, and it only needed something like that to finish the task. If we'd understood that back then-who knows?-maybe we'd have kept a tighter hold of one another.”