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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go (edition 2005)

by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Title:Never Let Me Go
Authors:Kazuo Ishiguro
Info:Faber and Faber (2005), Hardcover, 272 pages
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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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 Ruthin silmin. Se kertoo heidän elämästään erikoisessa sisäoppilaitoksessa, koulussa jossa opettajat ja lapset eivät keskustele asioista, heidän välisistä suhteistaan ja heidän elämästään koulun jälkeen. Kertomus on karu mutta liikutttava, pelottava mutta levollinen.
  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 |
The last 2 chapters really tie-up the loose ends. ( )
  DavidCady | Nov 19, 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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Ishiguro, Kazuomain authorall 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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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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