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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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
Tags:2009, book club, 1001

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Ok so I was jumping between 3 and 4 starts. To be honest i would use 3.5 but there is not such an option on Goodreads, yet.
The book is well written the story is very well narrated, but despite the sadness and the beauty of the narration, I feel like one of the students of Hailsham, I already knew what is what going on, maybe I feel a little bit identify with them because of the fact that I did not imagine how far it will go or the full meaning of it in the beginning, but as I was turning the pages I was not that surprise. the author did not really surprise me and despite the beauty of some image the book never manage to take me into. ( )
  CaroPi | May 22, 2015 |
For me, the beauty of this book is all in the way the author sort of forces you into reading between the lines. The writing is deceptively simple.

This story is sad and Ishiguro brings Kathy H. to life as soon as we are introduced to her. Kathy reminisces on three distinct periods in her life: her childhood at Hailsham (a very special boarding school for very special children), her stay with her close friends Ruth and Tommy at the Cottages, and her life as a carer for several of her peers.

Never Let Me Go raises a lot of ethical questions about science and the role humans play in trying to master a domain in a field that is perhaps best left undeveloped.

Not only that, it is also a novel that will remind you of your own mortality and once again enforce the idea that the life we live is but finite and that we should take the time to enjoy every single moment that we have. ( )
1 vote ardvisoor | May 4, 2015 |
Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro, is that remarkable sort of book that compels you to read straight through; its narrative is subtle social undulations; it's one of those rare reading experiences when the reader's self and narrator-self merge into one. ( )
  jkennedybalto | May 2, 2015 |
A quick Google search shows me that I've read Ishiguro's two most popular books, but I'd really like to check out some of his other, less hyped, books as well. In both this book and The Remains of the Day we have a solitary narrator looking back at their life with studied and controlled regret. We can't believe everything they say and, for Kathy especially, they don't even know if they are remembering things right themselves. That distance and doubt makes for a very compelling narration. There is something cool and studied about Ishiguro that really draws me in as a reader, and I'm wondering if that holds true in his other, less single-character novels.

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2015/04/never-let-me-go-by-kazuo-ishiguro-2005.htm... ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Apr 29, 2015 |
I ended up respecting this book more than liking it. It's well-written and I appreciate how Ishiguro creates a sense of mystery at the beginning of the novel and how he gradually builds a sense of inevitable doom through the book. But I felt a certain distance between me and the characters: they were so ignorant about how the world worked and so unquestioning of their fates that it took some effort on my part to care much about them. ( )
  Silvernfire | Apr 8, 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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