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Never Let Me Go (edition 2006)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Title:Never Let Me Go
Authors:Kazuo Ishiguro
Info:Vintage (2006), Paperback, 304 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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I watched the movie and it struck me as unbelievable. After reading the book the story is still unbelievable but more rational, if that makes any sense. To me the whole premise of manufacturing clones for use as spare parts for humans was pretty far fetched. The author didn't illuminate why the system didn't rebel or no enterprising journalist, expose the scandal this would be. But on the upside the writing is good, and the still has something to say, although you have read through three quarters of the book to get to it. ( )
  charlie68 | Aug 25, 2015 |
A very well written, engrossing book. I couldn't stop reading it. I only gave it 4 stars because I didn't like the ending. It seemed a let down after such an amazing story. ( )
  KamGeb | Aug 21, 2015 |
This was a hard book to rate. On one hand the narrator's voice was so clear and resonating and yet after reading I came away so disturbed. Was this a great book or was the book so disturbing because of the way the book ended? In the end I rated it a four because I was hoping for more I needed Kath to end up differently then her friends.

Kath is a carer who is thinking of her life, especially her friends Ruth and Tommy. They were all residents at what appears to be an upscale boarding school, Hailsham. One wonders why Kath feels the need to think about this at this time of her life. It's almost as if she's trying to put the pieces of her life together. (At this point I have to interject with the personal belief that Kath is completely clueless about how awful Ruth is and it has me wondering if it's a symbol for Hailsham's residents view of the outside world.) As you read on about Kath's innocence and hopfulness and you begin to realize that Hailsham's residents are very different you begin to realize how tragic it all is. And at the end one wonders what if we had Kath's, Tommy's and Ruth's now? That's what makes this story so disturbing. That and Kath's seemingly easy acquiescence to her circumstances. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
This was a hard book to rate. On one hand the narrator's voice was so clear and resonating and yet after reading I came away so disturbed. Was this a great book or was the book so disturbing because of the way the book ended? In the end I rated it a four because I was hoping for more I needed Kath to end up differently then her friends.

Kath is a carer who is thinking of her life, especially her friends Ruth and Tommy. They were all residents at what appears to be an upscale boarding school, Hailsham. One wonders why Kath feels the need to think about this at this time of her life. It's almost as if she's trying to put the pieces of her life together. (At this point I have to interject with the personal belief that Kath is completely clueless about how awful Ruth is and it has me wondering if it's a symbol for Hailsham's residents view of the outside world.) As you read on about Kath's innocence and hopfulness and you begin to realize that Hailsham's residents are very different you begin to realize how tragic it all is. And at the end one wonders what if we had Kath's, Tommy's and Ruth's now? That's what makes this story so disturbing. That and Kath's seemingly easy acquiescence to her circumstances. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
This was a hard book to rate. On one hand the narrator's voice was so clear and resonating and yet after reading I came away so disturbed. Was this a great book or was the book so disturbing because of the way the book ended? In the end I rated it a four because I was hoping for more I needed Kath to end up differently then her friends.

Kath is a carer who is thinking of her life, especially her friends Ruth and Tommy. They were all residents at what appears to be an upscale boarding school, Hailsham. One wonders why Kath feels the need to think about this at this time of her life. It's almost as if she's trying to put the pieces of her life together. (At this point I have to interject with the personal belief that Kath is completely clueless about how awful Ruth is and it has me wondering if it's a symbol for Hailsham's residents view of the outside world.) As you read on about Kath's innocence and hopfulness and you begin to realize that Hailsham's residents are very different you begin to realize how tragic it all is. And at the end one wonders what if we had Kath's, Tommy's and Ruth's now? That's what makes this story so disturbing. That and Kath's seemingly easy acquiescence to her circumstances. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
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Ishiguro is extremely good at recreating the special, oppressive atmosphere of school (and any other institution, for that matter)—the cliques that form, the covert rivalries, the obsessive concern with who sat next to whom, who was seen talking to whom, who is in favor at one moment and who is not.
added by jburlinson | editNew York Review of Books, Anita Desai (pay site) (Nov 22, 2005)
 
The eeriest feature of this alien world is how familiar it feels. It's like a stripped-down, haiku vision of children everywhere, fending off the chaos of existence by inventing their own rules.
 
"Never Let Me Go" is marred by a slapdash, explanatory ending that recalls the stilted, tie-up-all-the loose-ends conclusion of Hitchcock's "Psycho." The remainder of the book, however, is a Gothic tour de force that showcases the same gifts that made Mr. Ishiguro's 1989 novel, "The Remains of the Day," such a cogent performance.
 
This extraordinary and, in the end, rather frighteningly clever novel isn't about cloning, or being a clone, at all. It's about why we don't explode, why we don't just wake up one day and go sobbing and crying down the street, kicking everything to pieces out of the raw, infuriating, completely personal sense of our lives never having been what they could have been.
added by mikeg2 | editThe Guardian, John Harrison (Feb 26, 2005)
 

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At the age of thirty-one, Kathy H. is coming to the end of her time as a carer – a milestone that prompts her to reflect on her unusual life. She begins, naturally, with her childhood at Hailsham, where she and her friends Ruth and Tommy negotiated the lessons and Exchanges set by their guardians, as well as the constant social pressures of school life. As her recollections progress, however, Kathy must take care not to delve too deeply into the tangled knot of her own emotions. The past holds no refuge for her; even since childhood, the knowledge of what the future holds has always been there, deep down – and some truths are too terrible to be confronted.
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All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in the English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacher do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny. Kazuo Ishiguro's sixth novel, Never Let Me Go, is a masterpiece of indirection. Like the students of Hailsham, readers are "told but not told" what is going on and should be allowed to discover the secrets of Hailsham and the truth about these children on their own.

Offsetting the bizarreness of these revelations is the placid, measured voice of the narrator, Kathy H., a 31-year-old Hailsham alumna who, at the close of the 1990s, is consciously ending one phase of her life and beginning another. She is in a reflective mood, and recounts not only her childhood memories, but her quest in adulthood to find out more about Hailsham and the idealistic women who ran it. Although often poignant, Kathy's matter-of-fact narration blunts the sharper emotional effects you might expect in a novel that deals with illness, self-sacrifice, and the severe restriction of personal freedoms. As in Ishiguro's best-known work, The Remains of the Day, only after closing the book do you absorb the magnitude of what his characters endure. --Regina Marler

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Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is.… (more)

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