Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Imagine a place where children grow up together without parents but instead guardians. They are encouraged to be healthy, well behaved and as creative as possible. Their days are filled with arts, academic lessons, time with friends and sports. They are nurtured in many ways by not only those who care for them but by each other as well. Imagine these children of every age and appearance from the infants to the gangly teenagers, growing together in a beautiful private school in the English countryside. This is Hailsham. The children of Hailsham are told they are special. They are important to the world beyond.  However they never see this world beyond until adulthood when they will transition and then make their contribution to society.  No one questions from where they came but only from hence they will go.  Until that time they can only guess and wonder at what is beyond their school grounds, rumor often becomes truth in their minds.  Never Let Me Go is a novel that I went into knowing nothing about and I have to say I am thankful for it. It was book that led me slowly into another world. Written so simplistically it is beautiful in its emotionally evoking tale but also heartbreaking at times. It is a book to become absorbed into, to lose yourself in, then to contemplate long after. Kazuo Ishiguro is an amazing writer who creates words made into art that you can find yourself lost in for hours. While I did not know it at the time of picking up this novel, a movie is being made of Never Let Me Go. I am so glad to have had the experience of reading the book before viewing the movie. I encourage anyone who truly wants to connect with this book to do the same. However here is the trailer for those who are interested. I must say that I am very excited to see what will be done with this book on film. It could truly be amazing if done correctly. The film will be released on October 1, 2010 in the United States.



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11 responses to “Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

  1. Kazuo Ishiguro is a dream of a writer. So elegant and simple. Thank you for your lovely review. I can’t wait to read it, it sounds so magical, yet frightening. A wonderful combination, like cookies and milk.


    Greg Gutierrez
    Zen and the Art of Surfing

  2. I have yet to read this, but I am looking forward to it. I have been told I shouldn’t watch the trailer because it will spoil the book.

    • stilettostorytime

      To a degree that is true although the book is very forthcoming from page one, which makes it so much more intriguing as a work because we know things early and yet we still read on….

  3. I really want to read this book – it sounds so engrossing. By the way, the video wouldn’t work for me.

  4. I loved this book! You really summed it up well.

    I hope they don’t totally ruin it in the movie version.

  5. Your review is excellent. It is easy to feel but difficult to put it in words. You have done it well. I will try to get the book or atleast watch the movie.

    • stilettostorytime

      Thanks Selva! The book is a must if you can get it! How hard is it for you to get English books you want in Madras?

  6. I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet. It’s been on my stacks for AT LEAST three years. I think I’ll adore it (just conjecture at this point), so why won’t I pick it up already?! lol

    • stilettostorytime

      I have so many books like that Andi….sometimes I save them for when I am discouraged at what I have been reading of late and need that guaranteed winner…but don’t wait too long…it is a gem!

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