What We're Reading: Never Let Me Go, By Kazuo Ishiguro


Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

It’s the classic love triangle that you spend most of the time wishing to just disband, Kathy likes Tommy, Tommy gets together with Ruth who is also Kathy’s best friend and this whole time Ruth knows that Tommy really loves Kathy; and for a short time Kathy and Tommy are as we say nowadays, endgame.

Kathy H is our narrator always wanting us to fully understand what is going on but we are not able to, because she is the window into their mysterious world and whatever knowledge she lacks we lack as readers.

This is a novel about happiness and humanity. About how you cannot just grab and hold onto either because the universe just isn’t on your side.

It’s about a group of children who grow up to be a group of young adults who don’t understand half of the things that have happened to them or the reasons behind it. It’s about belonging and connections and about how you cannot simply quantify love.

It’s about different personalities because you have to one who loves to control, the one who cannot contain its emotions and the one who will watch you all break yourselves but will never let you go. 

How can you tell if someone is human? Capable of love? Has a soul?

Perhaps you will find some answers in this book. (Or the film. Or the TV show. Or the haunting film score). But not in this review through which I aim to give away as little as possible about the book. Photography by Ellie McDowell. 


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