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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 the Hardcover edition.
Having just finished reading the book Never Let Me Go, I cannot stop thinking about the characters or the book's theme.
For most of the novel, I admit, I became restless as many of the characters were not very interesting and not much happend in way of major plot development.
I really wanted to like this book, but when I kept waiting for something that never happened, it got to be a bit of a letdown.
This is really an interesting story and yes even sad. However, the way the story is told makes it harder to follow and keep up with the narrative. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Sherryist
A quietly written book with emotional impact, and one of the best books I have read in years. It is best if you do not know too much about the story ahead of time, but at its... Read morePublished 4 days ago by LaurieLW
I've given some very high reviews to novels that are very difficult and can also be accused of being the "flavor of the month" in literary circles (see, for example, my... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Aron Hsiao
A sense of fatalism has overcome me. Kath and Tommy and Ruth-their fates decided from the beginning and no way out except for fantasy and memories. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sandra Noel