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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.
I wish I could give less than one star. There was absolutely no human emotion on display in the book. That line in the blurb about the book about a mystery that unfolds, nope. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sparagmos
The entire premise upon which the book is based lacks credibility and the writing is a series of endless, lackluster appetizers. I think it may be due a cultural gap. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Claire
Great book about becoming an adult and growing up with a fun scifi twistPublished 4 days ago by M Horter
Reminder me of a spoof of a book called "Choice Cuts" in the future criminals were used for spare body parts. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Howard R. Sewell
I read this for a book club and was pleasantly surprised at how well written, thought provoking, and interesting the story line was. It is definitely a book that stays with you. Read morePublished 9 days ago by NicoleLynn
I really liked this book a lot, but there are some problematic bits in the middle.
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY READ THIS. Read more