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- Publisher: Vintage Books USA
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Ishiguro's richly textured description of the relationship among the three supplies all the details without confronting the larger issues. As Kathy tells us, the guardians at Hailsham both tell and not tell the students the truth about Hailsham and their lives--exactly what Ishiguro does to the reader. The truth is doled out in increments, over the course of the entire novel, requiring the reader to understand what is implied as much as what is told. The frightening side to all this is that the characters never question the course of their lives.Read more ›
On its surface, NEVER LET ME GO tells the story of three special young people - Kathy H., Tommy D., and Ruth - all of whom meet as students at an idyllic private school called Hailsham. Kathy H. is the narrator, now 31 years old, telling her story in hindsight. She recalls her student days at Hailsham fondly, filling her tale with numerous minor anecdotes about the most mundane affairs that slowly reveal the nature of the school and its students' place in the world. (...) Ishiguro creates a convincing vocabulary, milieu, and mythology for this setting: guardians, carers, donors, completing, Exchanges, Sales, the Gallery, Norfolk, and an eerie sense of the students having "been told and not told."
NEVER LET ME GO accomplishes the remarkable challenge of presenting 288 pages' worth of reading between the lines. Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are not the real main characters of this story, only the visible ones. The real main characters are invisible, the ones who have not only facilitated the use of cloning as a form of organ farming, but who have created a conditioning environment in which their victims accept their fate without question, as the natural order of things.Read more ›
This novel works beautifully on multiple levels, giving it a quality that kept me thinking about its plot, characters and themes long after I finished its final page. On the most obvious level it is a sort of alternate history that depicts a dystopian society in 1990s England that breeds human clones to become organ donors for "the normals." In that aspect, it brings to mind Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, where humans are created in test tubes and have fixed functions that they grow up to perform in society.
However, Never Let Me Go is more subtle than either Huxley or -- another obvious comparison -- George Orwell's 1984, in that the oppressor is not specifically depicted and there is no one person or group that is in obvious conflict with Ishiguro's main characters. There is nothing overt that keeps them in their places, whether that place is at school when they are children, or at "recovery centers" while their internal organs are being systematically plucked out. I kept wondering why the two lovers, Kathy and Tommy, didn't just pick up their stuff, get in her car and take off for parts unknown, eventually blending in with the "normal" population.
And that brings me to the next, deeper level, of the novel, which is about the nature of humanity. All of this novel's characters seem to meekly accept their fates, even Tommy, who has a temper and often throws fits of rage when frustrated. They are also hyper-sensitive to one another, reading motivations and emotions into each small gesture and remark, as though every utterance and movement each one makes is deliberate, premeditated and loaded with significance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kazuo Ishiguro’s 2005 novel Never Let Me Go is categorized as dystopian science-fiction, but fans of Star Wars or Isaac Asimov would probably consider the novel to be a romance or... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Andrea krottner
Just two stars for the overall idea of the book. But I couldn't finish it because it sounded like the main character was a bit of a whiner. Read morePublished 8 days ago by OLL
This is a great concept told rather compellingly. The narrator is one of the most trying I've had in a while but still a great book.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
Disturbing story about human cloning delivered by a narrator who empathizes with her friends but tries not to be judge mental towards her creators or teachers. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Donna M. Regan
Oh my gosh - was this BORING! I got about halfway and started skipping 4-5 pages at a time because reading minutia detail of a girl's actions and discussions with friends was a... Read morePublished 18 days ago by J. White
I guess I'm just slow but it took me awhile to catch on to what was happening in this book. Once I understood it I definitely enjoyed it more!Published 20 days ago by Danielle Faulkner
Honestly, I cannot believe there are so many good reviews for this book. Personally, I found this book to be soul killing. Read morePublished 24 days ago by S. Mark