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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.
Provides a look at the (non) ethics of science gone too far
A memorable read for thoughtful readers. Strong characterization.
Horrible book. Characters were boring and the book was very slow. The narrator jumps across time forward and backward to tell the story and I lost interest at chapter 7. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Debbie Wood
I enjoyed this book. I figured out fairly quickly but it was interesting to see the dynamics between the characters shift and develop. I also enjoyed the first person perspective. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Jamie
The story is well written and I have nothing to say bad about the artists style, what I did not enjoy was the plot. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I still think about this as I age and visit my parents as they age in a retirement home and now one in assisted living. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Susan
I read the first part of the book until I realized where it was heading. Then the last 2 chapters hoping for some redemption. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Kuari and Pogo