Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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"From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special–and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2006, c2005.
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed.
ISBN: 9781400043392
1400043395
9781400078776
9780307740991
Call Number: ISHIGURO
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: England -- Fiction.
Donation of organs, tissues, etc. -- Fiction.
Organ donors -- Fiction.
Cloning -- Fiction.
Women -- Fiction.

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DBRL_AlyssaW Sep 21, 2018

In my opinion, Never Let Me Go is one of the most criminally underrated books ever written. This atmospheric novel follows the life of Kathy, from her idyllic boarding school days at Hailsham to her current position as a carer. This genre-bending book is technically science fiction but reads like literary fiction. Ishiguro’s timing is impeccable; the narrative unfolds in such a way that you may not quite realize that there is a mystery, but when the “twist” is revealed, you feel you knew it all along. This subtly heartbreaking book explores what it means to be human in a way that has stuck with me for a long time.

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Starpoem
Aug 03, 2018

If you want to get immersed in another world for awhile, try this book. The pacing is meditative and slow, yet there is underlying tension that piques your curiosity and keeps you reading. The book has a lot to say about what makes us human and how we should treat each other, but it doesn't hit you over the head with those messages. This is top-notch writing from a knighted British author who is a winner of the Nobel prize for literature.

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shortdoug66
May 28, 2018

This is up there in the top five favorite scifi books I have ever read. It does come from a younger point of view - thus written perhaps a little simpler than some would like - but the build to the reveal is both shocking and stunning. Highly recommend.

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thepudman
Mar 26, 2018

Ok, the author won a Nobel prize, and Time called it "The best novel of 2005." Hmm. Interesting subject, but I struggled through it. It was like reading a 13 year old's diary! Maybe that was the author's intent, but for me, it one of those books I was glad to be done reading.

GSPLjodie Feb 22, 2018

Finally read this book after years of wanting to do so; I was not disappointed. Quietly thought provoking, it created a lovely discussion at the Main book club.

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made_up_name
Jan 12, 2018

A fun to read coming to age story of 3 life-long friends that meet at an exclusive English academy and stay close for decades. Beautifully written as a first person narrative and full of zany plot twists. I highly recommend this light-hearted novel for readers of all ages.

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avocadotree
Dec 20, 2017

Fun read took 4 or 5 days. Literature. Well paced, never too exciting. Very readable. Much like the film and I remember the film quite beautiful. Recommended.

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grammajake
Dec 16, 2017

This could have been a very good read but I found it hard to get through. There was too much information about things that didn't matter and were boring. I thought the characters were really boring, too. I finished it because I wanted to find out what was really happening but I woudn't recommend it.

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ownedbydoxies
Nov 23, 2017

In the same way the movie previews left me uninterested, so did this book, regardless of what reviews had to say about it. To me the characters were lifeless and robotic and I couldn't find it myself to care about any of them, so around a quarter of the way through I moved on to something else.

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gailjackman
Aug 24, 2017

I did not like this book and only finished it because I wanted to know the ending without cheating by reading ahead. I'm going to quote directly from the library's description of this book so other readers will know somewhat of it's contents before attempting to read as there's barely any conversations and only lots of descriptions.

"As an adult, Kathy re-engages in lapsed friendships with classmates Ruth and Tommy, examining the details of their shared youth and revisiting with growing awareness the clues and anecdotal evidence apparent to them even as youngsters that they were "different" from everyone outside. Ultimately, readers learn that the Hailsham children are clones, raised solely for the purpose of medical harvesting of organs, their lifespan circumscribed by years when they are designated as carers, followed by a short period as active donors, culminating in what is obliquely referred to as 'completion.'"

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.

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Jun 09, 2015

“Because maybe, in a way, we didn't leave it behind nearly as much as we might once have thought. Because somewhere underneath, a part of us stayed like that: fearful of the world around us, and no matter how much we despised ourselves for it--unable quite to let each other go.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

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