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Never Let Me Go (edition 2005)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Title:Never Let Me Go
Authors:Kazuo Ishiguro
Info:Vintage International (2005), Paperback
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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3.5 stars ( )
  katcoviello | Sep 21, 2016 |
One of my favorite books. Don't let the science fiction tag it's given distract you. It's about how fragile relationships made as a child can be as one grows up. It's about other things too, but that's the one that matters most. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
It's hard to review this book without spoilers, because everything that happens is based on a very disturbing premise. Suffice it to say that it takes place in an alternative Britain where a distinct class of people is raised and cultivated to sacrifice everything it has--from its dreams to its lives--for the needs of others. It is interesting to ponder why the author chose to tell this story as part of an "alternative Britain," rather than as a "near-future Britain." (The book was written in 2005, but takes place in the 1970s to 90s.) My guess is that he meant us to see the story as a parable--that, indeed, parallet things WERE happening in our world in our time (and still are), if not in the precise form as he imagines it, than in others. If we think of distinct classes of people being raised and cultivated to sacrifice their all so that the needs of the rest of us can be met, we might draw associations with immigrant farmworkers, sweatshop workers, the victims of human trafficking, and the like.

In short, the young people featured in this book are assumed to be no more than drones. But the story is told from their point-of-view. What is it like to be raised from birth with this identity stamped upon you? How do you live when all your dreams are denied? When the people in the privileged classes can question whether you are human at all?

The book has had an impact on me now that I've finished it, more than it did while I was reading it. For there was a coolness exhibited by the characters throughout that proved a barrier for me to get much emotionally involved. Was this simply evidence of the British "stiff upper lip"? Or are we to think that a knowledge of their futures had just this kind of anesthetizing effect on their emotions? Or, given this was an "alternative" Britain, maybe genetic engineering was practiced to develop a breed that was so detached. In any case, I found it particularly surprising that when a true awareness developed among the characters during their teenage years of what their fate held, there was not a single case of adolescent rebellion. They all just accepted it. This was not "The Hunger Games."

But because the book carries implications for the way our world does treat whole classes, thinking only of our needs without considering their own, I suspect I shall carry with me for a very long time. ( )
  kvrfan | Aug 19, 2016 |
I actually finished this a few days ago, but I didn't know exactly what I was going to say about it. I held off, I reflected, and here goes. This is one of the most complicated books I have read in years. It is clearly about death, about both our acceptance of it, and our fight against it, even when life offers nothing at all to recommend it. In the case of the three characters here, life does not even offer the possibility of a better future, no "tomorrow is another day." Things are only going to get worse, it is preordained. And yet Kathy, Tommy and Ruth hope against hope to prolong life. Yes, this has a science fiction element, but really the behavior is no different than the person whose illness is terminal, and yet they continue painful and expensive treatment with the hope of one more day, one more really bad day.

The book is also about how we accept our fates, about how we don't fight back, we don't escape. Most dystopic fiction has an element of fighting the man, whether its Katniss Everdeen, or Sarah Connor, or Offred. But really, we wouldn't fight back. Every day we accept things that are clearly unacceptable, we vent a little outrage on Facebook, and then we think about what we are making for dinner. All of our characters have opportunities to escape, but they don't even consider it. That seemed to me very real, and very sad.
The book is beautifully written, stark, authentic, all good things, but it is also relentlessly bleak and tells truths about people we might not want to think about. It took me a month to read this (I generally read a book every week to 10 days.) Most days I got home and opened the book, and then just could not read it. So this is recommended for everyone, but read it when you have no other stress in your life or it could send you over the edge ( )
  Narshkite | Aug 2, 2016 |
I originally put that I didn't like this book. And I can't say that I enjoyed it; I felt really let down by the ending. But I can say that I haven't stopped thinking about it since I read it a year and a half ago. It haunts you. It makes you think. I makes you question. So I have to acknowledge that it is an accomplished book; an important book. I would like to read this again with a group so I could discuss it with people. ( )
  aclaybasket13 | Jul 29, 2016 |
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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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