On the Backlist: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

So, I know there’s a movie of Never Let Me Go out there in the world, but I refuse to see it. I fell so completely, unbelievably in love with this book, with Ishiguro’s writing, and with the unbelievable way in which this story was revealed, that I can’t imagine there’s any way I’ll be impressed with the film. The book is just that good.

I don’t want to give away what this book is about, but even if I were to do that, I’d be misdirecting potential readers. The book unfolds slowly, and while there does seem to be a sense that there might be something greater going on, Ishiguro lulls readers into a comfortability with the characters, and a deep desire to know their story. When everything unfolds, it’s an amazing, and it kind of blew my mind.

Not everything Ishiguro’s written is my favorite, but Never Let Me Go is exquisitely, realistically written, and I was sucked into the book immediately. I loved it. I noted some strong language–I don’t want anyone to go in unaware–but I do highly recommend it. 5 stars.

5 Stars

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