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.