Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Book - 2005
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From the Booker Prize-winning author ofThe Remains of the DayandWhen We Were Orphans, comes an unforgettable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Hailsham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well tended and supported, trained in art and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Hailsham, Kathy grows from schoolgirl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends Ruth and Tommy leave the safe grounds of the school (as they always knew they would) that they realize the full truth of what Hailsham is. Never Let Me Gobreaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Knopf Canada : 2005
ISBN: 9780676977103
Branch Call Number: FIC Ishi
Characteristics: 263p


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Jun 18, 2020

Like everything I've read of Ishiguro's, this one has stayed with me years after I first read it. Heartbreaking, utterly believable and yet so imaginative.

Dec 28, 2019

Don't recommend - futuristic book

Dec 16, 2019

A thoughtful reflection on what it means to be human, the importance of relationships, and the small ways we find meaning in life, painted across an unsuspecting, darker landscape reminiscent of our own fates...

Nov 10, 2019

Never Let Me Go tugs at your heart. You know the inevitable fate of Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy. But you keep expecting that a miracle would happen. That they deserve a chance at a life better than the one planned for them.

Oct 31, 2019

by author of Remains of the Day

Sep 12, 2019


Aug 20, 2019

I literally had no idea what this book was about. I just took it on vacation with me. I think I had won it from Goodreads ages ago and never gotten around to it. A subtle love story with a twist. It was written so well and has stuck with me since I finished it. It definitely deserves a re-read. I have no interest in seeing the movie, though.

Aug 02, 2019

Very moving story of commitment and loss, with a powerful statement of what it means to be human.

Jul 20, 2019

I used this for my school isu novel and I have to say I was not expecting myself to be as emotionally drained as I was. The Book is a good easy read and although I felt a little dissatisfied by the end, I think it's a unique take on a dystopian society.

Jul 07, 2019

I wanted to like this a lot more than I did - people I know loved it, I liked Remains of the Day, some great reviews, etc. - but it didn't happen. It only missed getting a half-star from me because I enjoy thinking about the themes Ishiguro presents. But what an awful presentation...

I get it. This is a parable about our times (trying not to give away any spoilers) and that was the author's point, not the nitty-gritty details of this alternative dystopia he created. But it is inexplicable to me why he chose to try to make his points with such a slow, dull, and shallow story. The characters take a lot of walks. Sometimes they go somewhere but nothing happens. Lots of boring inanity about teenagers getting into tiffs with each other. Great detail about a tree, but not about the horrors of this world.

So disappointing.

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Jan 05, 2019

Then he said: "I keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end it's just too much. The current's too strong. They've got to let go, drift apart. That's how I think it is with us. It's a shame, Kath, because we've loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we can't stay together forever."

Jun 09, 2015

“Because maybe, in a way, we didn't leave it behind nearly as much as we might once have thought. Because somewhere underneath, a part of us stayed like that: fearful of the world around us, and no matter how much we despised ourselves for it--unable quite to let each other go.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go


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