Book Club: Never Let Me Go

This month I found myself reaching for Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Published in 2005, this book took the literature world by storm and was even named the best novel of 2005 by TIME. After reading it, I understand why - it's definitely become one of my favorites.


I don't know why I've been gravitating towards dystopian novels because this is the second one I've read for a Book Club review. The novel is about a girl named Kathy who is a clone, created for the sole purpose of being an organ donor. The book is told in three acts - Childhood which chronicles the the main character's (and her friends') youth at a school for clones called Hailsham; Adult, which shows hat happens to them after graduating; and Donor which explains the process of their organ donation and their eventual completion (or dying).

I think what really fascinated me about this book is the fact that they explore humanity and the concept of having a soul. In the book, some of the clones hear a rumor that if they can prove they have fallen in love they can delay donating their organs so they could live a bit longer. Throughout their childhood, the clones are encouraged to draw pictures and express themselves - all experiments to prove that these clone-children are indeed "normal" and can have regular childhoods like any other. There was also an incident where they would run into "normal" people (non-clones) who would look at them in disgust or not acknowledge them. I think that these parts all indicated how people didn't want to believe clones could have souls because having a soul would make them human and people don't like the idea that the organs that they need could come from other humans. It's easier to think that clones are just bags of meat It's a sad way to think but perhaps an accurate behavior if society was truly like this.

I highly recommend this book to all. Also, I know that a film version of this novel has been made (which I've seen - it's marvelous!) starring Carey Mulligan as the main character, and Andrew Garfiel and Keira Knightly as supporting characters. Definitely check it out!

22 comments

  1. I'm usually not big into dystopian novels either but this sounds really interesting!

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  2. Hello darling, I love reading but this is not my genre. The story reminds me somehow of the 3rd twin by K Follet, which kept me wide eyed at night for one week!
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  3. I've never heard of this book before! I always love discovering new books to read... adding it to my library list!
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  4. Great review! I'll add this one to my wishlist! :)

    AddictedtoOPI

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  5. I've never heard of this but I'll have to check it out!!

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  6. Thanks for the suggestion! I need a new book!

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  7. the title reminds me of one of my favourite songs by florence and the machine. mh but i don't know if the plot will be too depressing for me now. you have to get to berlin again, soon! it's a wonderful city.

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    dahi

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  8. i have tried to read this but i cant get into it! i'll try to read it again as i know it is good :)

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  9. That book kind of messed me up, haha. It got me so depressed! So nice to hear your take on it. ;)

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    Kelly
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  10. Sounds all scary! But I might pick it up and read!

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    Ayesha
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  11. Oh boy, this book sounds interesting, yet also very very sad. Books like this kinda freak me out, because there's always that slight possibility that the future could be like this!

    Mili from Call me, Maeby

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  12. a nice review! try to find it in Italy...
    ciao ciao

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  13. The writer is Japanese,right? I don't know why but I have a thing for Japanese writers because they write so damn good scripts,and the book looks promising.Thanks for sharing,I'll definetely look for a Turkish translate first,If I cant find can you help me to find it on a website?
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  14. This is such a good read, it was an interesting concept!

    Hmm maybe...

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  15. Oh man, this book was heartbreaking. LOVED it though. Great recommend!
    xx, M

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  16. Looks great!

    xx

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  17. I've never heard of this book but it sounds like I definitely need to read it. Love the litte review you did!
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    Marija

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  18. As I read your book review really fascinated - I have just already ordered this book after I discovered that it is also available in German. Now I´m waiting impatiently that I will get this book, can´t wait to read it, many thanks for your tip!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  19. Thank you for introducing me to this author, I've read some reviews about him but I never considered reading something of him. I might buy Never let me go and get back to you with a feedback :)
    Have a good day!

    Arianna, Nymphashion ♡

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  20. Olá!!!, Deus te abençoe boa noite, amiga blog lindo
    sucesso amiga.
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  21. Ooooh awesome post. I love reading. My boyfriend calls me bookworm because I'm always reading my kindle haha, so I love great book recommendations. I'm re-reading The Hobbit right now. This sounds so great!!! The plot sounds very interesting and complex. This plot sort of reminded me of this book I read a long time ago called My Sister's Keeper, I think a movie was made about it. But it's a really good book that I think you would enjoy : )

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