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.
©2005 Kazuo Ishiguro; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"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)
Many reviews said this was a thinking book. I didn't see much to think about. It was no mystery, as you "get it" from the onstart. I truly thought it was boring.
This book by Kazuo Ishiguro is a wonderful novel. It is gripping throughout, very well narrated, and offers very thought provoking analogies to the problems of life today. This book is as good as any of Ishiguro's previous novels. Highly recommended.
I wanted to read this book because I saw a preview for the movie and it looked interesting. I was so bored with this audiobook. I don't know if it was the story or the narrator, but I just couldn't get into it. Very disappointing, I don't even care to see the movie now.
This is not what I expected. Cloning? Really. Maybe if you're a lady you can relate to the author, but not me. Even the climax of the story is like climbing a hill 1 ft tall. Oh, I guess this is it, I said? Really slow. Men, listen elsewhere.
I always find it funny how most books gets both rave and poor reviews. Most people really like this book and I don't know why. I bought it to read about English boarding schools (and the English culture), and didn't learn about either. The plot was unbelievable and unsettling.
I could not get into this book. It just seemed to go on and on. When you finally find out what the secret of the students are, you are so ready to put the book down. If the secret was revealed sooner in the book, I think I might have been more interested.
I was very annoyed to hear that this book is from AudibleKids! The description page should have made that clear.
The mystery is very easy to solve and the book is about two hours longer than it should be. There are many extremely long and tedious explanations. I won't bother finishing it.
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