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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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You know Ruth: she's the girl who fibs for no reason, manipulates her friends, and invents secret clubs; the girl who draws people to her like a magnet. Kathy H. is one of those people. She, Ruth, and Tommy have the kind of close relationship that only comes from growing up together in an exclusive and remote boarding school. But these kids aren't normal--they've had a special purpose since birth, and they may not have time to untangle the proverbial webs they weave before it must be fulfilled.

If I had known the premise of Never Let Me Go, I probably wouldn't have picked it up, so I'm so glad I didn't. This book is by far one of my favorites this year. Heavily cloaked in a character-driven story is a commentary on a social idea never [or at least, not yet] traveled: human cloning. This was a page-turner on par with thrillers like The DaVinci code, yet there was very little action in the usual sense. Kathy narrates as if to a peer, using phrases like "I don't know how it is where you were...", and in the most normal and average tone imaginable--you literally feel like you either know her or are her.

Just as the children themselves swallow the gristly truth of their own existence in small bites over the years of their schooling, the reader figures out what's going on gradually rather than in a whiplash twist or a magician's prestige at the end. In both cases the horror is obscured by details deemed more important at the time. By this device, Ishiguro perhaps argues that they in fact, ARE more important: that the millions of infintesmal ways these kids are just like us--sneaky, loving, misguided, loyal, complicated--is much more important than the fact that they are being farmed for their body organs.

Despite the sci-fi set up, Never Let Me Go never veers into body snatchers territory; it is decidedly a study in humanity. Which makes it all the more ironic that, in answer to the question of whether a product of science can have a soul, Kathy's fictional world says "no" just as we shout an unqualified "YES."

The more I think about this book, the more I like it. Brilliant. ( )
  mermaidatheart | Dec 1, 2015 |
E' l'inevitabile. E' il corso della vita. E' da mettersi a gridare e non finirla mai. Ma è un ciclo. E bisogna rispettarlo.

In un collegio chiamato Hailsham vivono la propria vita da ragazzini degli alunni speciali. Delle creature. Kath e i suoi amici non sono mai nati, sono stati creati ad immagine e somiglianza di una persona persa nel mondo. Sono cloni, sono pezzi di ricambio. Sono persone con la voglia di vivere e sogni nel cassetto. Ma in realtà, per loro, le scelte sono solamente due. Donatore o assistente. Il destino, uno solo. Completare il proprio ciclo. Il libro si srotola, ricordo per ricordo, con un pizzico di suspance da una pagina all'altra. Il tratto 'fantascientifico' è messo assolutamente in secondo piano rispetto alle emozioni e ai sentimenti dei protagonisti. Storie d'amore e sesso. Misteri e leggende. Una vita fatta di frammenti. Una vita idilliaca. ( )
  daze.nina | Nov 27, 2015 |
Ole luonani aina kertoo kolmesta lapsesta, Kathysta, Ruthista ja Tommysta, ja heidän elämästään erikoisessa sisäoppilaitoksessa. Se kuvaa heidän ihmissuhteidensa muokkautumista myös laitoksen jälkeen heidän tullessaan 'luovuttajiksi' ja 'valvojiksi'. Se on koskettava tarina kasvamisesta tulevaisuuteen joka on ennalta määrätty, ja karu kuvaus dystooppisesta maailmasta. Kirja on vaikuttava ja aiheeltaan herättävä, mutta lapsen ja nuoren naisen silmin nähtynä siinä on myös naiviuutta ja outoa rauhallisuutta.
  Heps | Nov 25, 2015 |
2.5 stars. Slow first half, then speeds up, only to leave with an unsatisfying ending. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
2.5 stars. Slow first half, then speeds up, only to leave with an unsatisfying ending. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 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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