Feb 18, 2012

Movie and Book: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguru

I saw the movie Never Let Me Go on TV yesterday and it's still haunting me today. Based on the book of the same name, this is dystopia, sci-fi at its best, in one sense, and its worst, in another.

Have you read the book and seen the movie, and what do you think? Should I read the book, which I have on Kindle, or will it just disturb me more? It's a great story and the movie was very well done, but.....I don't normally read dystopia!

Title: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ichiguro
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage; Mti edition (August 31, 2010)
Genre: dystopia

Publisher's description:
A devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were.

Now, years later, Kathy is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.


  1. You already know my answer..read the book too!!

  2. I haven't read the book or saw the movie, but you have caught my interest. If you read the book, please let us know if it's anything like the movie.

    Thoughts in Progress

  3. So I've read the book, on my Kindle, and I loved it, but it was so sad! I've yet to see the movie. Should I?

    1. It's a bit graphic. I had to close my eyes in some scenes.

  4. I read the book a few years ago as part of a book club discussion. None of us loved it, but it did provoke the best discussion I have had!

    I haven't seen the movie yet, and I am not sure if I am going to!

  5. Yes I have seen the movie. I just finished reading all three of "The Hunger Games" another dystopic story. It is all disturbing but then so are lots of things going on in the world where freedom is not a choice.

  6. I usually hate dystopian novels, but I loved this one! I also thought it was better than the film, because you get a lot more focus on the internal lives of the characters. ;)

  7. It's really weird, I recall liking this book when I read it several years ago, yet I have no desire to see the movie -- not sure why?? LOL

  8. Both the movie and the book are excellent; the movie did such an excellent job of translating the haunting feel to the story. I listened to the audio book version narrated by Emilia Fox and loved it!


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