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Never Let Me Go (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage International) (edition 2010)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Title:Never Let Me Go (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage International)
Authors:Kazuo Ishiguro
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: Mti, Paperback, 304 pages
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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This was an incredible story and really makes one think about the ethical issues surrounding cloning. The story moved very slowly but was suspenseful. I kept hoping they would just run away and start a life for themselves. ( )
  Kraga | Mar 17, 2014 |
Loving it already! ( )
  Holly_85 | Mar 16, 2014 |


Technically 4.5 stars, but I couldn't not give it 5. Ishiguro is amazing here, just as he was with Remains of the Day. ( )
  rainidontmind | Mar 14, 2014 |
This book failed to meet expectations. Though technically a work of science fiction, and dystopian in premise, it reads more like a chatty story about teenagers' awkward social maturation. I almost abandoned the read several times as my boredom peaked. The special function of the central characters (which I won't reveal) and their ultimate fate did create enough tension to keep me barely interested. But in the end, little was revealed about the science, the details of what was happening physically to the characters, or why they were treated with disdain. And I found it unrealistic that every one of them meekly acquiesced in their dictated fate. No rebellion. No bolts for freedom. I'd like to think that real people would have more spunk. ( )
  gvmcgowan | Mar 6, 2014 |
In my mind, really good speculative fiction isn't actually about whatever indistinguishable-from-magic technology or counterfactual that is the framework for it. If there isn't a good story, then there isn't a good book. If, however, you can take that story and file off the speculative parts and it doesn't change anything, that's no good either. They have to work together.

This is a very good book. It doesn't rely on a dramatic, thunder-from-the-heavens reveal, it doesn't bury you in exposition, and the ready is never treated like an idiot. And it is bleak. But good. Very good. ( )
1 vote curiousgene | Feb 14, 2014 |
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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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Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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Thirty-one-year-old Kathy, along with old friends from Hailsham, a private school in England, are forced to face the truth about their childhood when they all come together again.

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