by Kazuo Ishiguro

“It’s a shame” (283).

Although only said twice in the course of this novel, these three words sum up the emotions and heartbreak of Never Let Me Go. It’s a shame that time is unfriendly, that the characters are both told too little and too much of the truth. It’s a shame that in both the fictional world within the novel and in our world, life is complicated, messy and, at times, quietly painful, unbearable. But most of all, it’s a shame that Never Let Me Goย ended so quickly, so fast.

Rating: 4.5/5

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9 thoughts on “Never Let Me Go

  1. Although Ishiguro’s writing isn’t much like other Japanese authors (not surprising since he didn’t grow up in Japan), I’m going to take this opportunity to suggest other Japanese authors to you just because I want to. You might enjoy Hardboiled & Hardluck by Banana Yoshimoto and Kinshu: Autumn Brocade by Teru Miyamoto. Ignore or consider as you will.

    • Oh wow, I feel pretty stupid now since I didn’t know that Ishiguro wasn’t actually brought up in Japan. Thanks for your recommendations though! I would love to read novels from other Japanese authors, so I will definitely try to find time to read them!

      • Wasn’t trying to make you feel stupid! I read The Remains of the Day a few years ago and had to look up where he was from/where he grew up so I could make sense of why a Japanese man would choose to write about a British butler. According to Wikipedia, he was born in Japan but moved around age 6 to the U.K. ๐Ÿ™‚

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