Never let me go: Kazuo Ishiguro

A novel that begins with the protagonist, Kathy, introducing herself as a 31 year old carer, may lead the reader to make certain assumptions: does she care for an elderly relative or is she a professional carer? She tells her story and takes us back in time to her boarding school, Hailsham. All this may seem unremarkable but there is no mention of teachers (only guardians) and their curriculum is confined to only poetry and art. Then there is talk of donors and donations, of a mysterious lady, called Madame, who comes periodically to take samples of their art for the Gallery, of their sterility and inability to have children in the future…………………. Ishiguro is a master of the art of keeping the reader (along with the characters in the story) mystified.

Things are revealed slowly both to the reader and to the characters. We discover their destiny in parallel with their progressive understanding of their own future. What may initially look like the story of ordinary adolescents approaching adulthood turns out to be something very different. This is the Brave New World that could have been……… or may still await us in the future.


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on March 29, 2012, in Book reviews and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. olivia wylie

    How ironic that I am reading this after having seen the film In the Land of Blood and Honey – the story focuses on a painter. What art brings to the world touches the soul of man truly

  2. This book haunted me for years after reading it, especially as I read it before having children, and the thought of never being able to have them was my worst nightmare. It is very, very scary, probably one of the darkest novels I have ever read.

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