Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

Never Let Me Go follows the lives of Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, who grow up in a mysterious boarding school called Hailsham. As they navigate their way through love, friendship, and their inevitable fate, they confront the dark truth about their purpose and the fragile nature of their existence.

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Project: Orpheuspower of music / unaccepted death / fleeting nature of happiness / love and trust
Project: dystopiatechnology / social injustice
Year of publication: 2005
Pages: 288





Plot Complexity: moderate
Language Complexity: moderate
Ideas Complexity: moderate

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is a beautifully written novel that captivates readers with its elegant language and evocative prose. Ishiguro’s precise and restrained style lends a evocative atmosphere to the story, exploring complex themes of identity, memory, and the human condition. Through the eyes of the main characters, he delves into profound questions about the ethics of science and the nature of humanity, leaving readers with a haunting and thought-provoking reflection on life and mortality.


From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human.

Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it.

Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it’s only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.

Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

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