Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is the first novel I’ve read from Kazuo Ishiguro. I have heard about this book so much from so many people that I thought I had to read it. Since it is a tiny book, I was able to read it in a couple of days. I remember how disappointed I felt after finishing it. I think my expectations were very high and I shouldn’t have listen to anybody before reading this.


Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go and The Island

I was waiting for a story never written or heard before, that it would blow my mind but, no. I end up feeling like watching the film “The Island” all over again. Oh yeah, the subject of the book is clones. I hate it when certain things spoil a good book!

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

The book felt like as if Kazuo Ishiguro came across an article about the clones, cloning, the future of the clones, and thought “I should write a novel about it!”. Nevertheless, I must say that the character development in this book is superb! I loved the clones; I pitied them, I wanted to save them. My heart was with them the whole time. Loved the love triangle and loved that school! Maybe I would have loved the book even more if it wasn’t so similar to the film The Island. I’ve got to say, “The Island” makes a lot more sense than this book. Anyway!

I don’t want to give spoilers if you didn’t read this one. Please go ahead and read it, by the way, it is a good book! It has unforgettable characters. Just don’t watch the movie The Island or you’ll end up like me. Enjoy!


About the book: Never Let Me Go

In one of the most acclaimed and original novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkle skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life. 

About the author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro is a British novelist of Japanese origin and Nobel Laureate in Literature (2017). His family moved to England in 1960. Ishiguro obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Kent in 1978 and his Master’s from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing course in 1980. He became a British citizen in 1982. He now lives in London.

Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

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