isserleylovesbooks:

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: a review does not contain spoilers.

Never Let Me Go takes us into a dystopian version of 20th century England. Medical advances have eradicated disease, but at what cost? Our narrator is Kathy H., a “carer” at the end of her career who looks back on her apparently idyllic childhood in the Hailsham school. Interwoven with a simple and powerful love story is the implicit story of the broader societal context.

Pre-reading biases
I first became aware of the story when my friend Ellena went to see the movie in preview at the Ghent Film Festival a few years ago. I didn’t see it myself at the time, but she was so impressed that we both immediately bought a copy of the book. As E’s recommendations are generally spot-on, I had high expectations. For regular readers: as you probably know, I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias of all kinds, so that was an additional attraction.
So what did I think?
Rarely have I felt so deeply about any story as I did about this one. Kathy’s voice is so simple and prepossessing that one cannot help sympathising with her. 
I think I sat up until 2 am to finish the story, because I couldn’t bear to wait any longer. I immediately set it down as a re-read classic. 
Never Let Me Go unites almost dreamy reflections on the nature of morality with fairly factual descriptions of the events unfolding. Kathy’s perspective is a stroke of genius: lovely and clever, with a clear though selective insight into events now that she looks back on them as an adult. This is combined nicely with her more naive perspective as a child and teen, slowly coming to an understanding as to her place in the world. 
The other thing about Kathy is that through it all, she stays so very nice. Despite having quite some justification, there is not a stroke of cynicism in her personality. Because of this, the reader feels for her more acutely that she can feel for herself.
Add to that one of the most natural love stories I have ever read, and the story can fairly be said to approach perfection. 
For
Everyone. Required reading. All the awards. Mandatory reading in high school. A test to see if you have a soul.
Seriously though: unless you absolutely require explosions every other page, I can’t image anyone not getting anything out of this story at all. It is smoothly written and should be easily readable for readers of every level. Add to that an interesting plot and thoroughly relatable characters, and there is something for everyone.
Especially recommended for dystopia fans.

isserleylovesbooks:

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: a review
 
does not contain spoilers.

Never Let Me Go takes us into a dystopian version of 20th century England. Medical advances have eradicated disease, but at what cost? Our narrator is Kathy H., a “carer” at the end of her career who looks back on her apparently idyllic childhood in the Hailsham school. Interwoven with a simple and powerful love story is the implicit story of the broader societal context.

Pre-reading biases

I first became aware of the story when my friend Ellena went to see the movie in preview at the Ghent Film Festival a few years ago. I didn’t see it myself at the time, but she was so impressed that we both immediately bought a copy of the book. As E’s recommendations are generally spot-on, I had high expectations. For regular readers: as you probably know, I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias of all kinds, so that was an additional attraction.

So what did I think?

Rarely have I felt so deeply about any story as I did about this one. Kathy’s voice is so simple and prepossessing that one cannot help sympathising with her. 

I think I sat up until 2 am to finish the story, because I couldn’t bear to wait any longer. I immediately set it down as a re-read classic. 

Never Let Me Go unites almost dreamy reflections on the nature of morality with fairly factual descriptions of the events unfolding. Kathy’s perspective is a stroke of genius: lovely and clever, with a clear though selective insight into events now that she looks back on them as an adult. This is combined nicely with her more naive perspective as a child and teen, slowly coming to an understanding as to her place in the world. 

The other thing about Kathy is that through it all, she stays so very nice. Despite having quite some justification, there is not a stroke of cynicism in her personality. Because of this, the reader feels for her more acutely that she can feel for herself.

Add to that one of the most natural love stories I have ever read, and the story can fairly be said to approach perfection. 

For

Everyone. Required reading. All the awards. Mandatory reading in high school. A test to see if you have a soul.

Seriously though: unless you absolutely require explosions every other page, I can’t image anyone not getting anything out of this story at all. It is smoothly written and should be easily readable for readers of every level. Add to that an interesting plot and thoroughly relatable characters, and there is something for everyone.

Especially recommended for dystopia fans.

@2 years ago with 11 notes
#never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #dystopia #dystopian society #kathy h. #tommy #ruth #book review #book reviews #review #re-read classic #favourite author #reading #literature 

30 day book challenge - day 4

30 day book challenge - DAY FOUR.

4. Characters you hate and which books they’re from

First off, let me clarify that “hate” is usually too strong a word. In general, I do dislike a lot of characters - mostly because they are weak in a “I am now going to lash out to better people” type of way [see Ruth, William,…]. Weakness always bothers me more than outright evil. Also bad is characters who are destructive AND self-righteous. Killer combo right there.

Characters I’ve felt negatively about include:
- Ruth, Never Let Me Go
- Tom Buchanan, The Great Gatsby [because ARGH YOU AAAARGHH]
- Honestly, most of the people in Wuthering Heights - a book blog post about this is still to follow.
- William Rackham, The Crimson Petal and the White
- Shaddam Corrino, Dune and its preludes [because incompetent AND destructive? GREAT. Just great.]
- several others, but these stand out.

@2 years ago
#book challenge #30-day book challenge #30 day book challenge #day 4 #dislike #william rackham #shaddam corrino #tom buchanan #the great gatsby #gatsby #ruth #never let me go #wuthering heights #heathcliff #cathy earnshaw #catherine earnshaw #cathy linton #catherine linton #mrs. linton #hindley #hindley earnshaw #the crimson petal and the white 

30-day book challenge - day 1

30-day book challenge: DAY ONE.

1. Your ten favorite books of all time.

See, I hate “favorite book” questions, because they are too difficult, but ten is doable. Ten is an okay number. If you read my blog, and the book blog, regularly, you probably know that I have a number of what I call Re-Read Classics which I pick up about once a year. Here are some of those :)

- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [and basically all her other novels minus perhaps S&S]

- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

- One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Márquez

- Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

- 1984 - George Orwell

- Good Omens  - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

- Dune - Frank Herbert

- Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

-The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

@2 years ago with 1 note
#30 day book challenge #30-day book challenge #book #books #reading #book nerd #literature #to kill a mockingbird #harper lee #jane austen #pride and prejudice #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #gabriel garcia marquez #one hundred years of solitude #1984 #george orwell #good omens #neil gaiman #terry pratchett #dune #frank herbert #hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world #haruki murakami #brave new world #aldous huxley #the handmaid's tale #margaret atwood 

You poor creatures.

#effingtragic

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@2 years ago with 3294 notes
#TRAGIC #Cue my hopeless sobbing #Never Let Me Go #favourite films 

"It was like there was some parallel universe we all vanished off to where we had all this sex."

Kathy H., Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

@2 years ago with 2 notes
#kathy h. #kathy #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #ishiguro #book quote #reading #literature #book: never let me go 

30 day book challenge - day 3

30 day book challenge - DAY THREE.

3. Your favorite characters and which books they’re from.

- Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

- Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

- Anne Elliot, Persuasion

- Kathy H., Never Let Me Go
- Tommy, Never Le Me Go

- Abulurd Harkonnen, Dune preludes

- Isserley, Under the Skin

- Narrator, The Handmaid’s Tale

- Dale Harding, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

- tons more, really :p

Basically I like people when they try hard, aren’t whiny, have an excellent code of ethics and/or when they don’t deserve for bad things to happen to them.

Actually I might do character profiles over at the book blog. Thanks, Challenge.

@2 years ago with 1 note
#favorite characters #book #books #reading #atticus #atticus finch #elizabeth bennet #lizzie bennet #kathy h #kathy h. #abulurd harkonnen #isserley #the handmaid's tale #dale harding #mr. harding #tommy #never let me go #pride and prejudice #anne elliot #persuasion #to kill a mockingbird #dune #under the skin #one flew over the cuckoo's nest 

So for the giveaway

isserleylovesbooks:

I was thinking two, maybe three paperbacks from my re-read classics list? P&P, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, A Handmaid’s Tale, Never Let Me Go, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Looking for Alaska maybe…

Either with or without notes from me at favorite parts - written in or on post-its if you prefer your books pristine…

Would people be interested in this?

@2 years ago with 7 notes
#giveaway #giveaway idea #pride and prejudice #To Kill A Mockingbird #1984 #A Handmaid's Tale #never let me go #One Hundred Years of Solitude #looking for alaska #john green #gabriel garcia marquez #margaret atwood #kazuo ishiguro #george orwell #harper lee #jane austen 
isserleylovesbooks:

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: a review does not contain spoilers.

Never Let Me Go takes us into a dystopian version of 20th century England. Medical advances have eradicated disease, but at what cost? Our narrator is Kathy H., a “carer” at the end of her career who looks back on her apparently idyllic childhood in the Hailsham school. Interwoven with a simple and powerful love story is the implicit story of the broader societal context.

Pre-reading biases
I first became aware of the story when my friend Ellena went to see the movie in preview at the Ghent Film Festival a few years ago. I didn’t see it myself at the time, but she was so impressed that we both immediately bought a copy of the book. As E’s recommendations are generally spot-on, I had high expectations. For regular readers: as you probably know, I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias of all kinds, so that was an additional attraction.
So what did I think?
Rarely have I felt so deeply about any story as I did about this one. Kathy’s voice is so simple and prepossessing that one cannot help sympathising with her. 
I think I sat up until 2 am to finish the story, because I couldn’t bear to wait any longer. I immediately set it down as a re-read classic. 
Never Let Me Go unites almost dreamy reflections on the nature of morality with fairly factual descriptions of the events unfolding. Kathy’s perspective is a stroke of genius: lovely and clever, with a clear though selective insight into events now that she looks back on them as an adult. This is combined nicely with her more naive perspective as a child and teen, slowly coming to an understanding as to her place in the world. 
The other thing about Kathy is that through it all, she stays so very nice. Despite having quite some justification, there is not a stroke of cynicism in her personality. Because of this, the reader feels for her more acutely that she can feel for herself.
Add to that one of the most natural love stories I have ever read, and the story can fairly be said to approach perfection. 
For
Everyone. Required reading. All the awards. Mandatory reading in high school. A test to see if you have a soul.
Seriously though: unless you absolutely require explosions every other page, I can’t image anyone not getting anything out of this story at all. It is smoothly written and should be easily readable for readers of every level. Add to that an interesting plot and thoroughly relatable characters, and there is something for everyone.
Especially recommended for dystopia fans.
2 years ago
#never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #dystopia #dystopian society #kathy h. #tommy #ruth #book review #book reviews #review #re-read classic #favourite author #reading #literature 
"It was like there was some parallel universe we all vanished off to where we had all this sex."
Kathy H., Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

2 years ago
#kathy h. #kathy #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #ishiguro #book quote #reading #literature #book: never let me go 
30 day book challenge - day 4

30 day book challenge - DAY FOUR.

4. Characters you hate and which books they’re from

First off, let me clarify that “hate” is usually too strong a word. In general, I do dislike a lot of characters - mostly because they are weak in a “I am now going to lash out to better people” type of way [see Ruth, William,…]. Weakness always bothers me more than outright evil. Also bad is characters who are destructive AND self-righteous. Killer combo right there.

Characters I’ve felt negatively about include:
- Ruth, Never Let Me Go
- Tom Buchanan, The Great Gatsby [because ARGH YOU AAAARGHH]
- Honestly, most of the people in Wuthering Heights - a book blog post about this is still to follow.
- William Rackham, The Crimson Petal and the White
- Shaddam Corrino, Dune and its preludes [because incompetent AND destructive? GREAT. Just great.]
- several others, but these stand out.

2 years ago
#book challenge #30-day book challenge #30 day book challenge #day 4 #dislike #william rackham #shaddam corrino #tom buchanan #the great gatsby #gatsby #ruth #never let me go #wuthering heights #heathcliff #cathy earnshaw #catherine earnshaw #cathy linton #catherine linton #mrs. linton #hindley #hindley earnshaw #the crimson petal and the white 
30 day book challenge - day 3

30 day book challenge - DAY THREE.

3. Your favorite characters and which books they’re from.

- Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird

- Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

- Anne Elliot, Persuasion

- Kathy H., Never Let Me Go
- Tommy, Never Le Me Go

- Abulurd Harkonnen, Dune preludes

- Isserley, Under the Skin

- Narrator, The Handmaid’s Tale

- Dale Harding, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

- tons more, really :p

Basically I like people when they try hard, aren’t whiny, have an excellent code of ethics and/or when they don’t deserve for bad things to happen to them.

Actually I might do character profiles over at the book blog. Thanks, Challenge.

2 years ago
#favorite characters #book #books #reading #atticus #atticus finch #elizabeth bennet #lizzie bennet #kathy h #kathy h. #abulurd harkonnen #isserley #the handmaid's tale #dale harding #mr. harding #tommy #never let me go #pride and prejudice #anne elliot #persuasion #to kill a mockingbird #dune #under the skin #one flew over the cuckoo's nest 
30-day book challenge - day 1

30-day book challenge: DAY ONE.

1. Your ten favorite books of all time.

See, I hate “favorite book” questions, because they are too difficult, but ten is doable. Ten is an okay number. If you read my blog, and the book blog, regularly, you probably know that I have a number of what I call Re-Read Classics which I pick up about once a year. Here are some of those :)

- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [and basically all her other novels minus perhaps S&S]

- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

- One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Márquez

- Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

- 1984 - George Orwell

- Good Omens  - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

- Dune - Frank Herbert

- Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

-The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

2 years ago
#30 day book challenge #30-day book challenge #book #books #reading #book nerd #literature #to kill a mockingbird #harper lee #jane austen #pride and prejudice #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #gabriel garcia marquez #one hundred years of solitude #1984 #george orwell #good omens #neil gaiman #terry pratchett #dune #frank herbert #hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world #haruki murakami #brave new world #aldous huxley #the handmaid's tale #margaret atwood 
So for the giveaway

isserleylovesbooks:

I was thinking two, maybe three paperbacks from my re-read classics list? P&P, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, A Handmaid’s Tale, Never Let Me Go, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Looking for Alaska maybe…

Either with or without notes from me at favorite parts - written in or on post-its if you prefer your books pristine…

Would people be interested in this?

2 years ago
#giveaway #giveaway idea #pride and prejudice #To Kill A Mockingbird #1984 #A Handmaid's Tale #never let me go #One Hundred Years of Solitude #looking for alaska #john green #gabriel garcia marquez #margaret atwood #kazuo ishiguro #george orwell #harper lee #jane austen 
2 years ago
#TRAGIC #Cue my hopeless sobbing #Never Let Me Go #favourite films