NEVER LET ME GO
A marmite read?
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BY KAZUO ISHIGURO
From the Nobel Prize In Literature author, Kazuo Ishiguro, 'Never Let Me Go' is definitely a ‘wild card’ choice - but one we wanted to read in book club as not only is it visible on the shelves thanks to his latest release ('Klara and the Sun') but this one seems to have made it onto the GCSE English Lit course - replacing possibly George Orwell’s 1984? Both dystopian novels are worth a read in book club - and this is a short and thought provoking choice.
Yes it’s a dystopian science fiction novel about cloning - not a book that we would naturally pick out, but as a book club read the disturbing undercurrents unleashed opinion and debate for quite some time.
Narrated by Kathy, now 31, 'Never Let Me Go' dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her close friends in the wider world.
A wild card because it's not a comfy novel but it's still beautifully crafted. Possibly a marmite read for your club but with it lots of talkability. And quite different from Ishiguro's stupendous The Remains of the Day.
The Den also recently added 'Klara and the Sun'- another Ishiguro masterpiece. Now in the Den library.
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