Never Let Me Go [book, by Kazuo Ishiguro]

“I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it’s just too much. The current’s too strong. They’ve got to let go, drift apart. That’s how I think it is with us. It’s a shame, Kath, because we’ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can’t stay together forever.”

I guess the fact that this book is featuring on a blog solely about sci fi is a bit of a spoiler in itself, so if you don’t want to learn anymore, I would implore that you stop reading this blog, go out and buy the book and read it now because you will not be disappointed…

Okay I think I gave enough warning. So when I read this book I really didn’t think it was a sci fi book. I thought it was some romantic fiction book. It came highly recommended by a couple friends. From the get-go, you realise things are not as they seem and as you progress through the book, it gets weirder and weirder. I won’t say too much, but the truth of the situation really hit me in the gut; I really wasn’t expecting to read what I did. Ultimately though, this story is about youth, growing up, accepting your fate gracefully, grieving and letting go (contrary to the book’s title) and how even after you lose people you love, you never really lose them.

Beautiful book. Go read it today.

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