Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
Never Let Me Go
2006, 276 pages, UK
Never Let Me Go is the story of Kathy and Tommy and Ruth, and of the love-triangle they begin at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School. Ruth is the controlling one, Tommy is the one who used to find it hard to keep his temper, and Kathy is a carer by nature as well as profession. They have heard that love - or art, or both - will get you a deferral. Kathy, now 31, is the narrator of the story, in which she tries to come to terms with her childhood, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends. A story of love, friendship and memory,’Never Let Me Go’ is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life. Ishiguro, winner of the Nobel prize in literature 2017, was praised by the Swedish Academy for novels which were driven by ‘great emotional force’.