Never Let Me Go audiobook pushes the literary novel’s boundaries. It’s a riveting mystery, a lovely love tale, and a biting indictment of human hubris, as well as a moral analysis of how we treat the weak and different in our society.
The best novel of 2005 (by Time): Never let me go audiobook
Never let me go audiobook‘s quick summary: Hailsham appears to be a pleasant English boarding school away from the city’s influences. Its pupils are well cared for and nurtured, are educated in art and literature, and grow into the individuals the world wants them to be. However, kids are taught little about the outside world and have minimal interaction with it. Kathy develops from a schoolgirl to a young lady on the grounds of Hailsham, but it is only when she and her companions Ruth and Tommy leave the secure boundaries of the school (as they always knew they would) that they learn the full extent of what Hailsham represents. Ishiguro’s most poignant and powerful work to date explores the themes of memory and the influence of the past, as well as the concept of a possible future.
“Because maybe, in a way, we didn’t leave it [the school] behind nearly as much as we might once have thought. Because somewhere underneath, a part of us stayed like that: fearful of the world around us, and – no matter how much we despised ourselves for it – unable quite to let each other go.”
When they reunite at the end of the novel, Madame describes their experience. While Kathy tells the reader that she was only thinking about holding a child, Madame relates the dancing and music to what they are doing to the children. She is overcome with shame and despair and begins to cry when she sees Kathy. Kathy’s major battle is also reflected in Never let me go audiobook‘s title. She is torn between what she should hold onto and what she should let go of in life. Kathy, in other words, “never lets go” of her memories.
There is a very nuanced mastery of various genres here. Sci-fi blends flawlessly with allegory, which is staged in the style of a Gothic romance. Because the characters get caught up in it all, the eventual outcome is tragedy. You may feel terrible for Ruth, Tommy, and especially Kath, the intelligent but all-too-frail narrator, but at least their petition, which serves as the title of Never let me go audiobook, is genuine.
Never let me go audiobook delves on the futility of human life, its unavoidable “completion,” and how we all choose to live with it. However, it was Kathy’s peaceful resignation to her fate that struck out and moved me the most. This novel is a wonderfully written piece of fiction that asks what it is to be human, what you do in the face of approaching death, and what happens when science is not supported by ethics. Subtle, creepy, scary, and heartfelt.
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