Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

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“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.”

There are surely not many now who haven’t read this book or seen the film with Keira Knightly. Regardless, I won’t give away the plot because one of the key moments when I truly understood the power of literature was reading this book and discovering the horrific twist.

The film is heartbreaking too, but if you haven’t read the book or seen the film yet, do read the book first – you’ll form a much closer bond with the characters.

The characters are what makes this book. They are straightforward, real; we follow them from childhood, grow up with them, discover the shocking truth with them. They feel like people you know, and that is the power of this book.

We are left with questions about the value of life, the value of love and our own humanity. We are, at heart, selfish beings, but I’m sure we’d all like to believe nothing like the plot in Never Let Me Go could ever happen. I’m not so sure. It is easy to distance ourselves from the things which sicken us.

10/10

 Never Let Me Go

5 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

  1. In addition to what you said, I found the power of the book to lie in what was implied to happen to them at the end. Rather than fully explain the details, Kazuo Ishiguro leaves us wondering what kind of a societal order would do this to them. The “horrific twist” is all the more horrific for it.

  2. Unfortunately I have seen the movie hence I am yet to read the book (generally I don’t watch movies/series based on novels as I prefer reading them) . Will soon read the novel .

    Movie was tragic ! But great too

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