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Alles, was wir geben mussten (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Kazuo Ishiguro, Barbara Schaden (Übersetzer)

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Member:daniinad
Title:Alles, was wir geben mussten
Authors:Kazuo Ishiguro
Other authors:Barbara Schaden (Übersetzer)
Info:Btb (2006), Broschiert, 352 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Science Fiction, Genmanipulation, Organspender

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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)

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Kathy H, a simple and likeable woman of 31, tells in a "talking heads" style monologue of her life so far, and in particular of her adolescence at Hailsham, a seemingly happy boarding school somewhere deep in the English countryside.

Kathy's style is of an everyday sort, artlessly constructed by the author to show her ordinary humanity. Her vocabulary is limited, her story repetitive and discursive; she's the sort of chatty young woman you might bump into any day of the week in Tesco or, in the course of her actual job, sitting over a coffee and doughnut in some impersonal motorway café as she flits her lonely way around the country. But, as we gradually learn, Kathy, her friends and her world are far from ordinary. The truth drips out little by little. Hailsham teaches its students to be creative, but not how to cope with life in the outside world. The nature of the terrible destiny planned for these children, carefully isolated from the everyday world outside, emerges only partly for them; a rumour here, a slip of the tongue there, now and then a glimpse of something far off. By the time Kathy, once a caring and compassionate child, is telling her story she has accepted her fate and is resigned to it.

Early in Kathy's narrative I wanted to give her a good slap and tell her to get to the point, but she never really does. The pace never changes, there are no great crises and no great climactic moments. It breaks all the rules of formula fiction. And yet to condemn Kathy's story for its humdrumness is to miss the point; it's carefully crafted that way to bring out the true horror behind it in the most chilling way possible.

What kind of book is this anyway? Ishiguro makes no attempt to present any scientific basis of what's going on or to place it in any real way in our world, but that just makes it more achingly plausible. Children brought into the world with one particular purpose in mind, people who by class or caste are detached from civil society and give prescribed roles, nevertheless have a fundamental need for love and belonging and those who – no, we who have been outsiders can recognise the inevitable conflict that results. On one level this is fantasy; as allegory its premise can be extended to any number of isolated and excluded groups and ring with terrifying truth.

Does it work? Hell, yes! It's a long time since I read the last pages of any book through a film of tears. There are books you can't put down and there are books you eventually have to walk away from for a while to catch your breath. And maybe to spin it out for a little bit longer just as Kathy, alone now in the world, tries to defer the moment when she will walk away quietly to her fate.

Gobsmacking. Top marks all the way; a sure future classic and a Brave New World for our time.


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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
Kathy H, a simple and likeable woman of 31, tells in a "talking heads" style monologue of her life so far, and in particular of her adolescence at Hailsham, a seemingly happy boarding school somewhere deep in the English countryside.

Kathy's style is of an everyday sort, artlessly constructed by the author to show her ordinary humanity. Her vocabulary is limited, her story repetitive and discursive; she's the sort of chatty young woman you might bump into any day of the week in Tesco or, in the course of her actual job, sitting over a coffee and doughnut in some impersonal motorway café as she flits her lonely way around the country. But, as we gradually learn, Kathy, her friends and her world are far from ordinary. The truth drips out little by little. Hailsham teaches its students to be creative, but not how to cope with life in the outside world. The nature of the terrible destiny planned for these children, carefully isolated from the everyday world outside, emerges only partly for them; a rumour here, a slip of the tongue there, now and then a glimpse of something far off. By the time Kathy, once a caring and compassionate child, is telling her story she has accepted her fate and is resigned to it.

Early in Kathy's narrative I wanted to give her a good slap and tell her to get to the point, but she never really does. The pace never changes, there are no great crises and no great climactic moments. It breaks all the rules of formula fiction. And yet to condemn Kathy's story for its humdrumness is to miss the point; it's carefully crafted that way to bring out the true horror behind it in the most chilling way possible.

What kind of book is this anyway? Ishiguro makes no attempt to present any scientific basis of what's going on or to place it in any real way in our world, but that just makes it more achingly plausible. Children brought into the world with one particular purpose in mind, people who by class or caste are detached from civil society and give prescribed roles, nevertheless have a fundamental need for love and belonging and those who – no, we who have been outsiders can recognise the inevitable conflict that results. On one level this is fantasy; as allegory its premise can be extended to any number of isolated and excluded groups and ring with terrifying truth.

Does it work? Hell, yes! It's a long time since I read the last pages of any book through a film of tears. There are books you can't put down and there are books you eventually have to walk away from for a while to catch your breath. And maybe to spin it out for a little bit longer just as Kathy, alone now in the world, tries to defer the moment when she will walk away quietly to her fate.

Gobsmacking. Top marks all the way; a sure future classic and a Brave New World for our time.


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  enitharmon | Jan 14, 2019 |
I wrote about Never Let Me Go on my blog, here. ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
Wonderful book, tantalising and teasing, at first seems innocent but in the end horrific. ( )
  CharlotteBurt | Nov 24, 2018 |
I both love and hate this book. There are many unanswered questions, such as why? I also find the passiveness of the characters not realistic; but some have said Ishiguro writes just short of the magical realism realm. There is also no plot resolution. That being said, the provocative language is the plus of this book. It was at times a boring, at times an emotional read. ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Nov 4, 2018 |
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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 career – 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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