Book: Kazuo Ishiguro

At first Hailsham seems to be the perfect private school set in picture-perfect English countryside, a place where students thrive under the tutorship of dedicated “guardians”.

But a dark secret resides behind the institution’s walls and when it’s finally revealed it throws into question what it means to be human.

The book starts as a sensitive exploration of the relationship between three students, its apparently simple dialogue belying the hidden depths in their friendship.

And as it builds to its climax the very ordinariness of the way they relate provides the biggest clue to the emotional devastation to come.

Never Let Me Go (now a major movie), written by the author of The Remains of the Day, is a thought-provoking novel that demands readers answer philosophical questions it poses instead of being provided with easy answers.

Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Faber & Faber, R139,95

Rating: 4/5

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