Book Reviews

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Title: Never Let Me Go

Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

Genre: Literary fiction

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“Because maybe, in a way, we didn’t leave it 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.” 

This is one of those books that upon starting, you immediately sense that all is not as it seems – which exists as an underlying current throughout the entirety of the book, slowly heightening to the climax to which all will finally be revealed. Whilst I’ll admit I wasn’t completely surprised by the ending – and in fact slightly disappointed it wasn’t as shocking as I had anticipated it to be – the themes highlighted in the storyline make it an extremely thought-provoking read. I couldn’t help becoming attached to the characters, especially Kathy, and become increasingly invested in their fates, only making the story all the more impactful.

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Book Reviews, Historical-Fic

Lost Roses

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This is certainly not a light read. Nor a fun one. It is seeped with a tragedy that will touch every one of our hearts in some way – with sorrow, but also with admiration at the strength of people throughout these brutal times, and specifically for this book, the women.

It is clear that the historical aspect of this book was incredibly well-researched and proved to be equally intriguing as one of the reasons I love historical fiction is that we learn so much more about parts of history that we didn’t know about before in perhaps as much detail. It was also very interesting to read the author’s notes at the end of the book and I loved how she drew upon real-life people for her fictional characters, making everything so much more meaningful.

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