Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro – 2005 – 52 – English

Title: Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Original language: English

Translation(s): 52 languages

Context: Never Let Me Go (2005) is a translated novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. The novel is a morally courageous, tender and heartbreaking, edge-of-your-seat mystery that brings about what being human means.

Synopsis: The story starts with a pleasant English boarding school, Hailsham void of any influences of the urban area. Students at the school are supported, taken care of well and provided training in literature and art. They are groomed in a way they turn out to be the kind of people the outside world would want them to be. However, the only drawback is that they are not provided any education about the outside world. In fact they are not provided with any contact or exposure with the world outside. Kathy is a school girl who grows up to be a young woman, within the grounds of Hailsham.

She along with her friends Tommy and Ruth, come to know the complete truth about the school Hailsham when they make the decision of leaving the safe grounds of this school. All boundaries of a literary novel are broken by the novel Never Let Me Go. It is not only an amazing love story but also a gripping mystery and a scathing critique of moral examination and human arrogance on how the different and vulnerable are treated in society.

Other works by the Author:

Novels

1982 – A Pale View of Hills

1986 – An Artist of the Floating World

1989 – The Remains of the Day

1995 – The Unconsoled

2000 – When We Were Orphans

2015 – The Buried Giant

2021 – Klara and the Sun

Short-story collections

2009 – Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall

Screenplays

1984 – A Profile of Arthur J. Mason

1987 – The Gourmet

2003 – The Saddest Music in the World

2005 – The White Countess

Short Fiction

1981 – A Strange and Sometimes Sadness

1983 – A Family Supper

1983 – Summer After the War

1985 – October 1948

2001 – A Village After Dark