Never Let Me Go

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My latest A-Z Book Challenge book is this one.  

I think the cover is woeful.  Not my style at all.  Yes, it has an ethereal quality but I certainly wouldn’t have chosen this book by the cover, I chose it because I had read Remains of the Day. I did a post on Remains of the Day and it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed.  This novel I also enjoyed but in a sad way.  A beautifully written book. It brought home to me the frailty of our existence.

From the book jacket:

Kazuo Ishiguro has fashioned another remarkable story – a story of love, loss and hidden truths – that takes its place among his finest work.

Katy, Ruth and Tommy were pupils at Hailsham – an idyllic establishment situated deep in the English countryside.  The children there were tenderly sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe they were special and that their personal welfare was crucial.  But for what reason were they really there?

It is only years later that Kathy, now aged thirty- one, finally allows herself to yield to the pull of memory.  What unforlds is the haunting story of how Katyy, Ruth and Tommy slowly come to face the truth about their seemingly happy childhoods – and about their futures.

Never let me go is a uniquely moving novel, charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of our lives.

Ishiguro slowly reveals the information in this novel so you are required to do a bit of puzzling yourself before things are revealed. This book left me thinking about how we treat each other and how we live our lives. What does it mean to be human?  Basically it means that we all die.

“The fact is, yes we will all fade away and die,” Ishiguro said in a 2005 interview with NPR, “but people can find the energy to create little pockets of happiness while we’re here.”

A review by Lev Grossman in Time said that Never Let Me Go was ‘an existential fable about people trying to wring some happiness out of life before the lights go out.’

A thought provoking novel.  Keep creating your pockets of happiness.

One Comment Add yours

  1. It’s good to be reminded of that. I like the idea of pockets of happiness, they’re what makes life so wonderful.

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