Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I picked up Never Let Me Go in an attempt to plow through some of the books that are piled up on and around our bookshelves at home. Ishiguro’s wonderfully wrought dystopian novel grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go. I did not want the novel to end, which is a wonderful feeling that I just don’t get that often so it says something.

I will not give a synopsis because I believe it is best to approach Never Let Me Go with no knowledge of the plot. If your idea of a good dystopian novel requires nonstop action and people fighting to beat the system, then this one may be a disappointment. I felt that what Ishiguro did with this novel was groundbreaking in that he did not write a book about a plucky youngster who will not give up until they escape their dubious fate. He wrote about the people who accept their fate because they don’t know any other way of life. I found it both moving and riveting.

This was the first novel I’ve read by Ishiguro and I really enjoyed his writing style. I know you are all tired of hearing me say this, but I love an author who can say in one sentence what another author would say in a paragraph. I found myself savoring his carefully written prose.

Word to the wise – Do not watch the movie trailer if you intend to read the book! It gives far too much away. I am looking forward to seeing the film because it looks like it might be a good adaptation.

9 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  1. I really enjoyed this one too, I didn’t realise there was a movie! I’ll have to check it out. I agree about it being best to approach Never Let Me Go with little knowledge of the plot.

  2. I’ve had this one on my shelves for years, and I have a minimal idea of what it’s about. I can’t wait to read it now that I’ve read your review because I was expecting the same old plucky youngster story by default.

  3. I actually just finished Never Let Me Go myself. I did watch the trailer beforehand (i couldn’t help myselfy, I love Keira Knightley!) and it was actually what made me want to read the book. I am going to disagree with you on that the trailer gives away too much because I didnt understand the trailer until after finishing the book. But I do agree with you on Ishiguro’s writing style!

  4. I agree with you about this book. It’s been a while since I’ve read it and it haunts me still.
    Ishiguro is one of the few writers who could turn something so horrible into something quite beautiful.

  5. Hello, I followed you over here from Michelle’s post today (my life)
    I’ve been meaning to pick this up forever but finally bought it this weekend after seeing it was made into a movie. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon. Sounds great!

  6. I actually knew about the book’s “hook” before I got it, soon after it came out. Unfortunately, Newsweek gave it away in a review. The plus side is the hook fascinated me immediately, and was largely the reason I ran out to buy the book.

    I’m dubious about the movie, only because I so enjoyed the book. Still on the fence as to whether I’ll give it a try.

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