Letting Go of ‘Never Let Me Go’

Posted: February 26, 2011 in books
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I can now finally let go of Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go.” I say this with much relief, after struggling to finish the book.

Don’t get me wrong—I don’t dislike it. It’s probably just me unconsciously delaying the thought of getting lost into something that makes me sad, under the guise of excuses such: as too many things to do; stayed up late and now have to crash; and football gets in the way.

So yes, it feels like a small victory to finally finish it at about three o’clock this morning.

“Never Let Me Go” is told from the point of view of Kathy H., who reconnects with her two friends, Ruth and Tommy, and shares the stories of their past and the turbulence of their relationships. Now, these characters aren’t human beings, but clones that exist in a world wherein they are to serve as cures to diseases by donating their organs. It’s a doomed and brief existence, yet what perhaps gives the book much of its flavor is just how these beings go through the whole gamut of human emotions, perhaps to serve as a counterpoint to their eventual ending.

The book is never overly drawn out. What I liked most about it is just how Ishiguro writes with so much elegance, control, and tightness. It is the words that draw you in to feel the hurt, the loss, and the sense of finality that comes with what and who the characters are.

I saw the movie 20 pages into reading the book, and I must say, while I am a fan of Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley, the book gives so much more depth into their characters than what the movie offers.

  1. I believe the novel has its own spark and I want to see that on the movie. Thanks to your review. 🙂

    • Mika says:

      It illustrates what being human is—which I think is where the brilliance of the book lies, especially when you take into account that this is supposed to be in some parallel universe.

      Let me know what you think of the movie. I saw it without reading the rest of the book, and when I finally got around to finishing the book, that’s when I really understood it.

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