Never Let Me Go was an intriguing read. I found it quite similar in literary style to some of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s other books that I have read previously (namely The Remains of the Day and Klara and the Sun). What most captivated me as a reader was how the plot instilled in me a burning curiosity to know how the story would turn out. Most of all I wanted to confirm my suspicions and inferences about various aspects of the story that Ishiguro artfully left unclear, to draw the reader in. As the story slowly builds he gradually peels back layer after layer of this cloak of uncertainty, which triggers questions that one hopes will be answered by the end of the narrative. Another aspect that kept me engaged is Ishiguro’s fluid and smooth writing, which makes it easy to get through many chapters quickly.
Admittedly, the story is a bit of a slow burner. I took me about 75-80 pages to really get into it. Moreover, I must confess I never felt fully connected to the main character Kath, nor her close-knit inner circle of friends, Ruth and Tommy. There was a level of detachment that stubbornly persisted despite getting deeper and deeper into the story. Beyond that, the story did not have any major surprising plot twists, although I was secretly hoping one would come up before the end of the book, but it failed to materialize. In light of these shortcomings, Never Let Me Go is not a book that will linger with me too long. I liked it more than Klara and the Sun but less than The Remains of the Day.
Overall I would recommend Never Let Me Go to anyone who enjoys books by Ishiguro and is curious to read more of his work.
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