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Never Let Me Go


Kathy, Ruth and Tommy were pupils at Hailsham - an idyllic establishment situated deep in the English countryside. The children there were tenderly ... Show synopsis

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  • How can this be so English a book? May 24, 2007
    by maryannnol

    I loved the film of 'Remains of the Day' and hadn't a clue who the author of the original
    book was....and then I find out this is a Man, and of Asain heritage. More English than the english....A strange and incredible story, too close to our present truth in some ways, but a great read....Highly recommended!

  • Really Good... Haunting May 22, 2007
    by XShadowPheonx

    Ishiguro has a method in his righting of eaving an ethereal sense of dissconection from the story while keeping you interested in the characters and their lives. As the mystery uncovers, while some parts of the plot were predictable, he still manages to keep you guessing. The way he portrays the characters, who have no thoughts against their situation is almost haunting.

  • Lovely, Elegant Novel Apr 11, 2007
    by lifeinsomniac

    The narrator of this tale is Kathy H., a woman who is recalling her days as a young girl who grew up in an idyllic English boarding school called Hailsham. Kathy faces a lot of the same challenges any child-soon-teen does: fighting with friends, fitting into groups, nursing her first crush. Typical, normal things. If anyone's read other reviews of this book, you probably already know the "twist" or "surprise" about the true nature of Hailsham.

    Despite a somewhat sci-fi concept, Ishiguro's latest novel focuses on the nature of loss and the value of human life. The alternate future of the 1990's that Ishiguro offers is a chilling one, mainly because it's done with such simplicity and lack of alien-sounding techno-babble that you really believe places like Hailsham already exist. Ishiguro's sparse style is perfect for slowing peeling away the layers of memory Kathy goes through until at the end you are left with a complete picture of Hailsham as well as the kind of pain Kathy suffers. Much like the protagonist of Remains of the Day, Kathy is not overly verbose in her emotions, nor is she self-indulgent, which is why the small peeks we get into how much all this affects her is so powerful.

  • A very good read Apr 3, 2007
    by bianca

    This is fascinating. It held my interest throughout. The writing is excellent.

  • flawed but haunting Mar 29, 2007
    by blossomcat

    The first half is a little boring, because it's all about the daily life of children at a slightly peculiar progressive boarding school, and it's narrated in the curiously muted voice of one of them, Kathy, now grown up. Where's this all going? I wondered. It's only when you find out that the children are clones who are being raised to be of medical use to nonclones that the book takes off. The chatty flatness of kathy's voice -- the muted affect -- is i suppose intentional. Subtly, the clones have been raised to accept their fate as inevitable. This part i found a bit unbelievable. Since the clones are in fact indistinguishable from others, and the ever-so-slightly-in-the-future UK is still a big modern messy country, not a 1984-style police state, you would think it would be a lot harder to keep the clones in line than it is in this book. If illegal immigrants can survive by the hundreds of thousands without being caught by the police, so could clones who ran away. So then the question becomes: why don't they?
    I agree that if human cloning ever became a reality, clones would have all the rights of people conceived the old fashioned way. By the time it happened, it wouldn't be any more (well much more) shocking than in vitro or donated eggs. I see this book more as a meditation on exploitation and how people rationalize it and internalize it. I read the book when i came out, and it's stayed with me.

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