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.
Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.
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"Stunningly brilliant fiction....A masterpiece of craftsmanship that offers an unparalleled emotional experience." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Ishiguro's elegant prose and masterly ways with characterization make for a lovely tale of memory, self-understanding, and love." (Library Journal)
"So exquisitely observed that even the most workaday objects and interactions are infused with a luminous, humming otherworldliness.....Ishiguro spins a stinging cautionary tale of science outpacing ethics." (Publishers Weekly)
I agree with the enthusiasm of the other reviewers. "Dreadful", who thought it was unrealistic, forgets that the principal characters were raised from birth to accept their fates. It's a rare human who would not accept this under these circumstances.
Tedious. Boring. I kept waiting for the pay-off (a meaning, an event, a joke, anything), but there is none. Thought provoking? I guess if you suspend everything you know about human nature you might find the behaviors of these characters plausible, and therefore somehow enlightening.
I didn't. Complete unmoving and unsatisfying.
Spare yourself from these "Spare Parts."
Lover of sci-fi, dystopia, and historical fiction. I travel often and listen to audiobooks while driving long hours
The story was wonderful, and we are fans of the dystopian future genre. The book was well written. The time was definitely well spent!
As is typical with the genre, we were left with an uneasy feeling at the end. These stories often leave us with the feeling of hopelessness.. Things are not going to be okay!
I have not, but she performed well.
There was a love-story element that was quite enjoyable, but this book was definitely not a love-story.
I can't figure out what book reviewers were listening to that they described as "stunning", "brilliant", "compelling" and "haunting" . First off I figured out what was happening very soon into the book. Even then I kept expecting something "brilliant" etc but I found myself not even seeing it as a commentary on humanity because the characters were so trivial, self absorbed, one dimensional, whining and, well, just boring. The best part was when it was finally over. The narrator did a fine job given the material but she was monotone for much of the story. I'm not sure it was her fault because it was a monotone story. If you want brilliant listen to something else.
The Universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
I did not like the story at all. Kind of a sick premise! Uninteresting. No emotion. Fatalistic. Ok, it sucked.
My recommendation is, don't bother. Clone child grows into clone young adult whose place in the world is to provide organs for humans' transplants. That description is FAR more interesting than this book.
Better writing. Interesting characters. A plot. A plot would have been nice, I think. Yes, I'm pretty sure a plot would have improved things.
I haven't made up my mind yet, but I assure you it will never be anything written by Kazuo Ishiguro, ever again. This book was truly mind numbing rubbish.
The narrator was fine.
Dishonor! Dishonor on Kazuo Ishiguro's whole family! Dishonor on Kazuo Ishiguro! Dishonor on his cow! Dishonor on everyone associated with this door stop of a book.
I now have absolutely no empathy for clones. If I ran into a clone today, I'd vivisect it with a pair of cuticle scissors while whispering "complements of Kazuo Ishiguro". It could just be my dislike for this book talking but, this book was profoundly, exquisitely, gloriously, boringly, bad.
I live to ride my bike.
It is bogged down with reminisces. There is no strength to the story. The reason society desires this service is not presented in a believe manner.
The pace of Never Let Me Go is metronomic. As such, the story is woven over a backdrop of slow, rhythmic drone. I have read here that it reads like a girl's diary. Having never read a girl's diary, I can only imagine it, but it may be an apt description. The point is, this droning pace is both deliberate, and essential to the story, and it works extremely well. A key to understanding the characters of the story - Kathy, Ruth and Tommy - is in understanding their place in life, and how normal and unquestioned that place is. It is the understated nature of their plight which leaves the reader/listener moved to the sympathies ultimately evoked. It isn't great tragedy. It's banal tragedy. Just as most tragedies we face in life are. And so it is tragedy milled down to the texture of our lives, and it is believable. The Sci-Fi and Socio-Alternate premises of the story, told in any more bombastic manner, could not possibly be accepted with the sense of truth Ishiguro manages to write. I fully accept the existence, and fates, of these poor creatures as real.
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