Thursday, June 23, 2011
Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
From the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed--even comforted--by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham's nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood—and about their lives now.
A tale of deceptive simplicity, Never Let Me Go slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance-and takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro's finest work- Summary from Goodreads
This is going to be a difficult review for me to write. I'm not sure exactly how to describe this book. It was strange and yet I enjoyed it, though I'm not sure what the point was. The story is about three children who grow up in a boarding school/orphanage type place where they're expected to crank out artwork for some unknown reason. It's an almost idyllic childhood despite there being absolutely no parents, just caring teachers called Guardians.
Later, things take a rather disturbing turn and yet these characters just take it in stride. I kept thinking that at some point one of these three will realize how wrong the situation is and lead a revolt, a rebellion, an uprising, anything? The whole book felt like something big was just around the corner except we never quite got there. The longer I let my thoughts on this marinate, the more it really bugged me. I'm afraid I'm already giving to much away but it really bothered me that there was no real resolution to the problems in this book. As a whole I enjoyed the book I was just a bit unsatisfied.
Posted by Rachel at 12:00 PM