Thursday, September 2, 2010

Book Review: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go is my introduction to Kazuo Ishiguro, and I have to say it was a fantastic introduction. I had no expectations and really had no idea what the book was about based on the jacket summary. And I'm not really going to tell you what it's about because the book relies heavily on the element of mystery.

The mystery is in the private boarding school, Hailsham, and its students. It all starts off in a familiar way: the narrator, Kathy, is reminiscing about her years in Hailsham, focusing in on a particular bullying incident and a special friendship. But the reader quickly understands that this is not an ordinary boarding school.

You know what? That's all I'm going to say. I like to be surprised by books. Ishiguro's prose is really perfect, so if you already know more about this book than I did, you'll love it just for his writing. But if you don't know, don't read any more reviews. Just go read the book. And after you read the book, you can look forward to the movie coming out soon. The trailer is here, but there are spoilers.

Other Reviews (without spoilers)
Shane Richmond
Blue Archipelago
S. Krishna's Books


Book Bird Dog said...

Sounds like a good book to review for the Japanese Literature challenge IV hosted by Check it out! Also the books by Lisa See could fit the China Challenge!

gautami tripathy said...

I have read The Unconsoled by Ishiguro and liked it. I have to get around this book too. A great review!

Marbel said...

Almost every time I come here, I walk away with another book on my list! This one looks good. f

Simcha said...

I've been wanting to read this book ever since I saw a trailer for the movie. It sounds intriguing and I'm glad to see that you enjoyed it. And I appreciate the fact that you didn't give anything from the plot.

Brenna said...

I saw the trailer for the movie a few weeks ago and it intrigued me. I should probably go pick up the book before the movie comes out.

mummazappa said...

I didn't mind this one, but was disappointed with it actually as it is nowhere near as good as The Remains of the Day which made me cry. If you really liked this one I thoroughly recommend TROTD to you, you'll love it.