Recently I finished reading the novel The Remains of the Day (1989) by Kazuo Ishiguro. I was well into the book before I understood the subtleties of the story and appreciated its emotional undercurrent. Having seen the film long ago, I was fuzzy on the plot.
Today I present to you another of Ishiguro’s celebrated works, Never Let Me Go (2005), which was also adapted as a film (2010). As in his other work, the author introduces very human characters who are contained and controlled by their circumstances, which are not immediately clear but take the reader on an emotional journey.
Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy have had an unusual upbringing. Sheltered and isolated during childhood at Hailsham, a private school in the English countryside, they have been raised for a purpose. That purpose is gradually revealed to be a service to humanity as “donors.” Along with the bigger picture of the fates of these now-grown children, there is the relationship between the three friends that continues to evolve.
Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan. His parents relocated to England when he was five. He now resides in London, and is a British citizen. His work has won numerous awards.