Never Let Me Go (Movie Tie-In Edition) (Vintage International) Paperback – 2010
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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 08 Pages: 304 Publisher: Knopf Group From the the acclaimed author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans. a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.As a child. Kathy-now thirty-one years old-lived at Hailsham. a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world. ought up to believe that they were special and that their well- being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her. but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life. she stops resisting the pull of memory.And so . as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled. and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen int...
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It's a philosophical essay disguised as fiction-telling, and I think that's what gives it so much more credence. Instead of just talking about medicinal cloning, Ishiguro goes right at the heart of the subject, showing what it'll do to humanity.
The title, based on a song in the book, goes right at the heart of this book. Why are we so selfish? Why don't we accept others? These people accept each other, why don't we accept them for being more than just medical benefits?
My sister lent this to me one day when I was staying with her, telling me I might like it. She was so right. I finished it in one evening - all 300-so pages of it in a few hours. And I think I cried a bit.
Having said that, Mr. Ishiguro more than admirably continues the trend of accomplished British dystopian literature, from GULLIVER'S TRAVELS to BRAVE NEW WORLD to 1984. I think NEVER LET ME GO is a stunning achievement and one of my favourite novels of recent years.
Kathy H., along with her friends, Ruth and Tommy, are students at the exclusive Hailsham school in rural England. The novel charts their awkward comings of age, as they gradually learn the true nature of their school, and the effects that discovery has on their lives. I'm being deliberately cryptic and don't want to spoil too much of the plot. Ishiguro's novel is many things at once - a cautionary tale, a coming of age story, an examination of frustrated romance and a mystery. However, for all its scientific trappings, he manages to tell a very human story about the search for belonging, the nature of friendship and the relationship one has with the past.
It is a relatively short novel, and deceptively simple reading. Without much preamble, Isiguro manages to evocatively portray a world that is both eerily familiar and strangely foreign. There seem to be echoes of Kafka and Proust. However, what struck me most about the novel is the sheer force of its emotional power. It's tremendously sad, and some passages, particularly towards the end, literally left me so moved I was trembling. Still, don't be put off thinking it's some sort of gloom-fest. There are flashes of humor and, for a literary novel, it's quite a page-turner. It should be required reading and deserves any awards that might be thrown its way. Simply, a great novel.
Read it just for the story-telling and the style, but there is so much more there. The novel provokes reflections about all the groups in our society who accept a lower status and tolerate the way the more powerful use them. We don't fightback all the time, if we did, our world would degenerate into anarchy. Ishiguro sets out how someone can understand their oppression yet accommodate it and achieve a way of living that seems to combine dignity and real achievement and yet a sadness and a failure. This is worked out at the level of her love disappointed until too late and her whole being as someone who lives a life subordinate to others.
Kathy H. presents her life without guile or angst. She is young, but she is old. In the end, it seems like she's accepted her fate. She isn't going to rage against the dying of the light. Instead Kathy meets her preordained fate with resigned acceptance. The story isn't a tale of free will versus destiny, it is a study of life and living, and the incomprehensible difference between them; the nature of the human soul, love and longing, friendship, existence, and Time.
Ishiguro has incredible insight into the human condition. Without saying as much, he points out the certainty in our world that we would sacrifice the lives and liberty of artificial humans for the sake of preserving our own kind. I suppose the story is as much about the needs of the many over the wants of one, but I've never read anything else where I've wanted so badly for the wants of one to be so selfishly fulfilled. "Never Let Me Go" is dark and beautiful, powerful and moving.Read more ›
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Book came in excellent condition just wish there was an option for hard cover that didn't cost 5 bucks extraPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Read this book after watching the movie, and the Japanese TV show. The book provide more detail, and really touch my heart.Published 2 months ago by Beibei Qian
I loved this book. I'm blown away that it got a few bad reviews.Published 5 months ago by Shawn Berube
i feel like the book would be good for a teenage girl, but other then that, its pretty crappy. no plot, no tension, no complexity or mystery. Read morePublished 6 months ago by elliot wilson
Never Let Me Go tells the stories of Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy, three friends and classmates at the Hailsham boarding school. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jayson Vavrek