Friday, November 25, 2011

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Published in 2005. 288 pages.

I found Never Let Me Go to be a compelling read. Though it's actually quite slow moving, it is hard to put down. Ultimately it is an exploration of what makes us human.

At Library Queue, Tricia - who found the book "deliberate and thought-provoking" - asserts that the book should be read without knowing anything about it. Nymeth agrees but presents a quite detailed (yet relatively spoiler-free) review at Things Mean A Lot.

At the risk of creating a spoiler, I'm posting a quote from Ishiguro from the Reader's Guide at the back of the book:

There are things I am more interested in than the clone thing. How are they trying to find their place in the world and make sense of their lives? To what extent can they transcend their fate? ... Most of the things that concern them concern us all, but with them it is concertinaed into this relatively short period of time. These are things that really interest me and, having come to the realization that I probably have limited opportunities to explore these things, that's what I want to concentrate on." [Interview with Nicholas Wroe, The Guardian, February 2, 2005.]

A movie version of Never Let Me Go was released in 2010. I haven't seen it, but I'm curious. Have you seen it?



  1. I really really enjoyed this book. What an evocative author.

  2. I was bummed the movie was rated R. Can't wait to read more by this author. Hanks for the shout out!

  3. Carrie: Have you read anything else by this author?

    Tricia: I'd like to read more of his work too.

  4. I haven't seen the movie, but would like to. And, I agree, this book was compelling but slow moving.