Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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The 150-word Review: Subtlety and nuance are underappreciated in today’s world.  The best art makes use of what is not there:  the negative space.  Understatement, yielded by a gifted writer, can elevate a tabloid concept into a work of great depth and contemplation.   Kazuo Ishiguro, in his novel, “Never Let Me Go,” gracefully crafts a simple narrative that obliquely examines the human soul and free will in a world not unlike ours.

“Never Let Me Go” is narrated by a lonely caregiver named, Kathy H., who reminisces about her seemingly idyllic, but strange, childhood at a boarding school in the English countryside.  As she shares more about her adult life, a pervasive sense of melancholy and longing envelops her story and we slowly discover that her mere existence is a heart-rending tragedy.  Ishiguro’s brilliance lies in the resigned dignity and simple grace in which Kathy confronts her fate and ultimately proves her humanity.

You will like this book if you are a fan of: the English country side, free will, stylish understated prose, boarding schools, memory, dystopian fiction, quiet desperation, indoctrination, and enduring dignity.

This book will go great with: Old Peculier Ale

Set the mood with: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

Clavinism (stuff that will not make you look cool in a bar): Not surprisingly Norm, Kazuo Ishiguro won the Whitbread Prize in 1986 for his second novel, “An Artist of the Floating World,” and the Booker Prize in 1989 for his third, “The Remains of the Day.”


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