Wordy Wednesday: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I love sci-fi.  I’m a fan of aliens, evil robots, time travel, dystopia, good robots, and pretty much anything else that you would find in a galaxy far, far away.

Never Let Me Go is a story that, by description, seems to fall under the category of sci-fi.  However, Kazuo Ishiguro’s subtle storytelling makes this novel a quiet study of human nature, not a horrifying tale of technology gone wrong.

I don’t want to reveal too much– a great deal of the book’s impact lies in the nuanced way that the story unfolds.  I will tell you that it takes place in an isolated school full of parentless British children.  Sound scary?  It’s not.  They spend their days playing football, painting, writing poetry, drawing, gossiping– doing all the things that preteens do.  All the while, they have an incomplete understanding of some cryptic future that their teachers (or “guardians”) have explained in veiled terms.

For sci-fi, it’s very normal and very human.  It’s the story of emotionally confused children, one that would not be out of place in any other setting.  This is an integral part of the story, so I really won’t go on.  But I just want to emphasize that the author’s restraint ultimately shows a great deal about the characters and the themes at the end of the book.

I really loved this one.  Even though there were no evil robots.

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    I saw the movie. I’m sure it works much better as a book. Like you said, the story is so nuanced, I think it just makes for a boring film. Also, Carey Mulligan cried in practically every scene. Lighten up!!!


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