Don't torture yourself with this one.
I loved the slow, eerie pace of the novel. I enjoyed the process of speculation that the story engenders, but much like a typical indie movie, this novel leaves you with little closure and too many questions.
Great narrator. I felt so anxious throughout the story because i knew there was a back story that needed to be revealed. Unfortunately i was hoping for a different ending.
Ravenclaw. I like books that break my heart.
My friend recommended this to me with the promise that it would make me cry. It didn't, so that was disappointing. The story is solid, but slow. It's conclusion is more of a slow unraveling of layers instead of a real climax. Overall it was a good story, but it didn't break my heart.
I listened to this whole story and it was painful to get through. At the end you got the point and at moments the minutia of life as a teenager (granted a teenager in an alternate universe with no parents) was pretty but man this was pretty boring and annoying at times. Here is the point of the book (spoiler alert). We all die so what is life worth. I'm sure I'm simplifying but by the time I got to the end I was so relieved that it was done that I needed a simple way to sum it up. The performance had nothing to do with my rating!
I am a mystery reader, old and new, and I enjoy more classic, cerebral books. This was definitely a creepy, slow building revelation of a horror that could exist in our society, and I loved it.
The realization of what the children's lives were for.
I liked any time that Miss Lucy eluded to reality, warning the kids that they weren't aware of the truth. Then when Miss Emily discloses it all in the end, it really made you think.
Great slow burn to the brain when told a story of a possible way humans could solve health and mortality issues, if only we were to suspend our definition of what human means. Test tube or organ bag or person? Where is the soul in our bodies anyway?
This story, so simple on the surface, has such depth. It unravels slowly, playing on the difference between the narrator's experience and our own, to arrive at its inevitable conclusion. A work of great yet understated beauty.
I didn't really have any idea what the storyline would be but decided to listen because of good reviews.
All I can say now is I downloaded this beautifully written novel 16 hours ago and I'm finished it. I just couldn't stop listening.
I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!
What a unique author Ishiguro is! A Brit with a Japanese surname, and a body of work which spans the spectrum from Edwarian classicism to Arthurian fables to science fiction.
“Never Let Me Go” is, in the strict sense, science fiction. It lies in a near future when a separate class of humans lives among us, beings cloned for the sole purpose of organ donorship, but otherwise completely normal humans. And therefore, it lies temporally in the opposite direction from "The Buried Giant", set in King Arthur’s time.
Stylistically, it lies midway between the observational exactitude of “Remains of the Day” and the broad, symbolic strokes of “The Buried Giant”.
But all three works, you could say, treat of the same theme: the permanence of love – it’s meaning in our lives, its ability (or inability) to transcend the devastating truth of our mortality.
Strangely, I get different messages from “Never Let Me Go” and “The Buried Giant”. In the former work, the memories that love generates provide the fortitude to face mortality: “I lost Ruth, then I lost Tommy, but I won’t lose my memory of them.” In “The Buried Giant”, however, memory itself is untenable, evanescent. Love does carry us beyond the grave.
There is so much going on here. I must work my way through the rest of Ishiguro’s body of work before I can make more sense of it.