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Offsetting the bizarreness of these revelations is the placid, measured voice of the narrator, Kathy H., a 31-year-old Hailsham alumna who, at the close of the 1990s, is consciously ending one phase of her life and beginning another. She is in a reflective mood, and recounts not only her childhood memories, but her quest in adulthood to find out more about Hailsham and the idealistic women who ran it. Although often poignant, Kathy's matter-of-fact narration blunts the sharper emotional effects you might expect in a novel that deals with illness, self-sacrifice, and the severe restriction of personal freedoms. As in Ishiguro's best-known work, The Remains of the Day, only after closing the book do you absorb the magnitude of what his characters endure. --Regina Marler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
They are boring characters in a boring book.
And the story deals with an alternate history, in which human cloning is possible and society has developed a system for taking advantage of this possibility.
You know you've read a good book when a) you can't put it down for long, and b) you can't stop thinking about it once you've finished.
A great novel about a scaring society where an individual has no value.Published 1 day ago by Stein Marthinsen
Hard to write much about the book without giving it away, but a thoroughly enjoyable, if not a bit dark, read. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Justin Rao
I'm adding this book to my growing list of "great books that I despised" shelf. I don't feel like I missed anything or that I didn't "get it. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kait M
This book gives an in depth look into the lives of children raised under special circumstances and how it affects their lives then and later on in their lives. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Nadine in Denver
somewhat suspenseful, but entirely unsatisfying -- good premise, but not developed in a way that makes sense. Read morePublished 7 days ago by MsProspero
A haunting story that stayed with me after I finished the book. I had no idea what this book was about and it revealed itself as I kept reading. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jet Above Clouds
It is difficult to describe the feelings I had after reading this book. The narration is simple and matter of fact when discussing the most heart-wrenching situation. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
SO BORING. I TRIED. I CAN'T. Nope.
Seriously though the writing style is drab. The plot seems mildly entertaining but predictable and the main character is so dull I... Read more