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“Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro – A Book Review

The Zariin blog has always been a platform to unleash our creativity and expressions that go beyond jewelry. It is a digital scrapbook of sorts where the team documents the thoughts and experiences and extends it to those who are willing to consume. So when we caught Mamta Gupta, Co-Founder, Zariin slipping a book into her bag, we insisted that she does a review for us and as always, she happily obliged. Those who know her are aware that you’ll never find her without a book- the only accessory that’ll challenge her love for jewelry. So a review coming from her is something you wouldn’t want to miss. The book in focus? “Never Let Me Go”, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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“Never Let Me Go”, by Kazuo Ishiguro. An emotional, bordering macabre story; there is a lot I need to reflect upon, to have a closure to this book and label my feelings towards it. But some thoughts that hit me right away, I am dwelling upon here. It is pretty ironic that I read most of this book in England during my summer travels. Ishiguro’s England – a simplified desolate place, a wistful landscape, contrasts against the bucolic spread of English countryside enveloping me. As I look out of the window of the train, my eyes calmly greet the expanse of the meadows, and my vision keeps bouncing along the curves of the tiny green hills, stroking the pervasive grazing sheep, and then I see the occasional schools in the distance and children huddled in groups in the playing fields, and my thoughts shift disturbingly towards the inextricable fate of the Hailsham kids.

I ask myself, again and again, why didn’t the children try to escape, why couldn’t they re-write their fate? Perhaps then as a reader, would have been deprived of experiencing Ishiguro’s classic depiction of the frailty of the human, of fending off the chaos of existence by inventing own rules. Of what it really means to be human- when you strip the person off all everyday baggage- culture, family, past, and different possibilities of future?

Read this book, to be teleported to a parallel Universe, only to return very slowly, one thought at a time.

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