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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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God, I absolutely relished in this read. Gives me the urge to watch the movie for the third time.

To people who are contemplating whether to buy/read this book, just an advice here: Don't go in expecting a clear-cut plot. Or, should I say, the existence of a plot, at all. Because there isn't one. It is simply a collection of memories; reminiscences. Although it is structured chronologically, it doesn't necessarily mean there is a clear beginning, climax and ending. I suggest you take your time while you read it. Maybe settle in to a comfortable armchair, have a nice cup of tea by your side. And don't forget to pay attention to the characters.

Also, this isn't sci-fi. At least not in the traditional sense. If you're a sci-fi geek and you have your hopes up... well then, you're definitely in for a dull ride ahead. ( )
  novewong | Jul 8, 2015 |
The last 2 chapters really tie-up the loose ends. ( )
  DavidCady | Jun 29, 2015 |
Once I started reading this book I just had to keep on to find out exactly what was going on. It is written in first person from the point of view of Kathy H. She is reminiscing about her childhood in Hailsham and her friends and guardians and moves on to more recollections of her young life. I really felt she was telling me everything and nothing as the book is so cleverly and mysteriously written. It is a sad, surprising and compelling read. ( )
  AmiloFinn | Jun 13, 2015 |
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Never Let Me Go

This is a horror story of the most civilized kind. On the surface, Never Let Me Go appears to be a story about a school. You are introduced to students and teachers as you become privy to the mechanics of this intimately enclosed society. The subject matter and time are futuristic without being technological. Mysteries, clues, and questions propel the story until locking in on what is looming over this microcosm; society has taken the potential of cloning to an obscenely organized level of dehumanization. The subject is compelling in and of itself, but Ishiguro's true stroke of genius is generated by the blanket of passivity and acceptance over it all. The horror lies not in the offense, but in the toleration of it. Is humanity beyond experiencing the outrage that could save us from ourselves? Very well written and detailed, you will think about this book a long time after you've turned the last page. And yes, fear.
Recommended June 2006
  dawsong | Jun 12, 2015 |
Hay libros tristes y hay libros deprimentes .

Un libro triste es ese cuya trama es más o menos desgarradora pero rozando el melodrama o la exageración de los sentimientos (Una novela Young ADULT puede ser triste , por ejemplo ... Gayle Forman entraría en esa categoría ; sino Louisa M. Alcott también , esa si que sabia escribir libros tristes ) .

Leés la novela , simpatizás con los personajes , te dan pena los escenarios , los dramas . Cuando lo terminás , pensás cinco minutos sobre lo que acabás de leer , te mandás un suspiro profundo y decís : "Bue , que cosa la vida . Somos tan jóvenes , qué se le va a hacer" ... sonreís y seguís tu día como si nada , olvidandote de lo que acabás de compartir con las páginas , lista para lo que sigue .

Leiste una novela triste . Punto .

Ahora , por otro lado , están los libros deprimentes . Y con eso me refiero a las historias en las que sabés que todo va a salir mal . Que las desgracias son realmente desgracias porque son realistas y sus personajes las aceptan como algo natural , quizá victimizandose un poco al principio pero al final , tomando como parte de la vida esa cruda realidad que viven como si nada - Mientras las desgracias se suceden una tras otra (Capaz un amigo que no es amigo ; un amante que deja de amar; una guerra interminable o un grupo de gente que vive hambrienta por más que se deslome día tras día) , mientras se sufren las injusticias y los personajes las aceptan o son derrotados por ellas , vos como lector , estas destrozado . Estás leyendo un libro deprimente y no podés parar a pesar de que sabés que va a terminar mal . Porque un libro deprimente es muy parecido a la vida misma , Te resignás y te la bancás hasta el final .

Cuando terminó , probablemente la historia se quede con vos mucho más tiempo , capaz hasta llores o no encuentres el sueño . Era tan deprimente que te dejó un sabor amargo en la boca y te va a a costar demasiado sacartelo de la cabeza . (Te recomiendo que mires alguna sitcom bien boluda para consolarte )

Lo que quiero decir es esto : "Nunca me abandones" es un libro deprimente . Está bien escrito , tiene una trama interesante pero , a fin de cuentas , te deprime .

Después de haber probado estas lágrimas y esta angustia que me quedó , he decidido no recomendarselo a nadie . Salvo , claro , a los que gozan con los grandes dramas o a los que les gusta sentirse mal .
Yo , por mi parte , me arrepiento un poco de haberlo leído . No me dejó casi nada . ( )
  LaMala | Jun 7, 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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