Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro – Review


Never Let Me Go is the novel by the famous English writer Kazuo Ishiguro, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017. In 2005, the year of its publication, the book was included among the 100 most beautiful books of the twentieth century in Time magazine.

Never Let Me Go is

a very complex novel, already for the genre. Many say science fiction, other dystopian, other comig-of-age; and, indeed, it is all of this. But, in my opinion, it is a pure coming-of-age novel. Yes, there is science fiction, even of dystopia (if we really want to see it), but in the end it is pure formation.

The protagonist of these books is Kathy, a thirty-one-year-old woman who works as an assistant. Kathy is also the narrator of this fantastic novel and tells us her story divided into exactly three parts. In the first part of his childhood, in the second of adolescence and in the last of the adult phase. Here, see. From here we can understand the highly formative nature of the book.

Kathy’s childhood was spent in a boarding school called Hailsham. This is a real school for artistic production, but we do not know why. We understand immediately, and I mean immediately, that something is wrong, and Ishiguro says it slowly, letting us fully understand only in the third part. During adolescence, the guys move to the Cottages, which seem almost like American colleges. Here the boys are no longer in artistic production, but are almost left free, like sheep grazing. Finally, in the third part, they finally look out, and live, in the real world. Now I stop talking about the plot because I do not want to make spoilers.

As I said before, the novel is a pure coming-of-age. Throughout her story Kathy understands what it means to live. We know we are mortals, yet we are never prepared, we never want things and the people we love to leave us. Yet it happens. Life passes and does not look at anyone, yet we can do something. The world is cruel, but we must live, we must love and remember. The theme of memory is very important in this book. Things and people leave us, but not our memories. They are our greatest wealth.

It is a very well written book, with a simple style, very smooth and impeccable. I warn you, it makes you cry, towards the end. But read it, it’s a book you need.

Rating: 95/100

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