Over the last couple years several people have mentioned Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go, and suggested it as a good read. When I asked what it was about, the response was always a bit ambiguous, one of those “You have to read it to find out” kind of replies. So I finally picked it up, with no preconceived ideas or inclinations as to what kind of world I would be stepping into.
The first part of the book places the reader in the setting of a very special boarding school called Hailsham, where the students are told they are different from the rest of the world, exceptional. It is told from the point of view of a student named Kathy, who jumps seamlessly from her adult life to the memories of her childhood and experiences at Hailsham.
Everything is very confusing at first. You try to figure out what terms like carer, gallery, donor, and guardians mean in a very different context. It isn’t until about 3/4 of the way through the book that things really start to be explained. When you realize the concept Ishiguro is trying to capture, and the inhumanity it would represent in our world, your heart aches for the characters he has led you to care for.
The book is a quick read, and well worth it for sure. I’m going to join previous critics and say that you must read it to find out what it’s really about. Enjoy!