Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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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.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2006
Edition: Vintage Canada ed
ISBN: 9780307371331
0307371336
Characteristics: 1 online resource (263 p.)

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A thoughtful and at times heartbreaking futuristic novel.

This beautifully written and heartbreaking novel, which starts slowly and builds into a page-turner, tells of a group of young people growing up to learn a dreadful secret about themselves and the world. Similar to Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, Kazuo Ishiguro writes dreamlike, literary fictio... Read More »

A thoughtful and at times heartbreaking futuristic novel.

A beautifully written classic by Ishiguro, one of the most inventive writers around, about a close-knit group of youth in an exclusive English school where nothing is as it seems.

Years after completing the exclusive boarding school Hailsham in the English countryside, Kathy is once again reunited with her childhood friends Ruth and Tommy. As she reflects on her shared childhood with them, she begins to understand what sets them apart from others and how that gift can chan... Read More »


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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.'"

HCL_staff_reviews Aug 08, 2017

Winner of the Booker Prize for his "Remains of the Day", Ishiguro once again writes about characters that live in a microcosmic world. The story is told by the main character, Kathy H., who is trying to understand the mysterious world she lived in from childhood to young adulthood while attending Hailsham, a private preparatory school. The teachers and guardians sheltered the students from reality, allowing them little contact with the outside world. A very interesting book that questions science, ethics, and being human. — Barb H., Outreach Services

Cynthia_N Apr 03, 2017

I always seem to find odd books like this one and I always seem to like them. "Special" children raised in a boarding home. Don't read any spoilers!!

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PearlyBaker
Mar 01, 2017

This novel reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut's take on the meaning of life: "To help each other get through this, whatever this may be." Every character gave their entire lives to this purpose. In essence it will take more than a few angry protests, posts or prepping to impress me. When we start hiding Muslims and Mexicans in our basements to protect families from deportation and separation then I will have faith in humanity again.

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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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