When I started reading Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, I wasn’t sure I would continue. The first few pages are really, really dense, and it just wasn’t capturing my interest.
Nevertheless, I posted a photo of the book to my Bookstagram page, and a number of people told me to stick out the beginning and keep going. I’m glad I did.
Because Never Let Me Go is a book that presents so many deep questions, I’m not even sure where to begin. Ishiguro has created a book that forces the reader to really think about a LOT of different ethical and moral topics, and in the end, I found it to be fascinating. The fact that the story is not all THAT far-fetched helped suck me in, too. (OK, perhaps somewhat implausible, but there was a lot of truth in some of the situations.)
The book is rather slowly paced, but that’s OK, given the amount of thought that has to go into the story every time a new detail is revealed. In the beginning of the story, for instance, the reader only knows that these children are being raised at what appears at first glance to be a boarding school. It turns out, that’s not the case at all.
Instead, the children are being raised for a specific purpose in life — and one that many won’t agree with. Once you realize what that purpose is, the entire book takes on a whole new meaning, and everything after is tainted by the revelation.
And interestingly enough, the revelations don’t stop there. As Ishiguro weaves his story, he hits the reader with more and more food for thought again and again. The new information almost seems to crash across the reader’s mind like waves — just when you think you’ve absorbed the last shock, another detail emerges, and the reader is sent back into another analytical tailspin. At least, that’s the way it was for me as I tried to determine how I felt about the moral questions being raised throughout.
Did I love this story? I absolutely will not say that, as many parts made me uncomfortable, but I will say this: It made me think deeply, and that’s always worth something in my book.
Luckily, this is my mommy book club read this month, and I think we will have a LOT to talk about.