This is a lovely little book, beautifully read, but merely as the tender reminiscences of an English schoolgirl. There is a modicum of deft sci-fi here, but so glibly delivered that honestly, who cares. Any practiced reader has already dealt with the issues of humanity, individuality and self-awareness in Margaret Atwood's "Handmaid's Tale" and even "I, Robot", both or which handled the issue with greater dexterity and insight than Ishiguro is able to muster. The concept of this alternate society is eplained early on, and once one has accepted it, the surprises are over. I purchased this audiobook on the recommendation of another person who said, "don't read anything about it first" and I didn't. It was my first Ishiguro, and I won't give up on him entirely, but I will be very cautious in the future.
Though it kept me hooked, this book was pretty slow moving. It left me feeling that a lot more could have been done with it and, human nature being what it is, it was incredulous in places. Disappointing in the end and somewhat sickening - I am sorry I read it.
excellent writing....but I read for recreation not deep sadness. don't let my 2 star review stop you it is more of a reminder to me to avoid this author
I will try not to spoil the story for you, because part of it depends on you learning the central plot lines as you go along. Somehow, I don't think the plot lines are the same as the themes after all, because the themes are about how we grow in friendships, and how small incidents can have great significance to us in ways that might surprise us. It's a book about what makes us human and how we deal with mortality and the meaning of life. It is a beautiful, but sad story that will haunt you for a long time, I suspect.
Sublime, evocative, patient, melancholic, exquisite, almost hauntingly poignant, and horrific all come to mind as I reflect on Kazuo Ishiguro's writing. Never Let Me Go builds patiently, almost lackadaisically, always beautifully, hinting and teasing you to continue down the path the narrator recounts until the horror, made worse for the casual acceptance of it, punches you in the face. There is not a gratuitous word or emotion. What is it to be human? The book is timely in so many ways.
A special shout out needs to go to the narrator. Rosalyn Landor is pitch perfect. Her cadence and voices work very well. Her voice is rich and subtly emotional. Her reading is quite artful in its own right and a perfect match for Mr. Ishiguro's writing. I will definitely look for more of her work.
I based my selection of this book off of the author's summary. However, this book does not match the provided description. There is no plot; I kept waiting for something (anything) to happen, and nothing ever did. This was a complete waste of my precious audible credit. I am very disappointed.