Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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From the acclaimed author of "The remains of the day" and "When we were orphans", a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love. As a child, Kathy, now thirty-one years old, lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory. And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed, even comforted by their isolation.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2005
ISBN: 9780739345740
0739345745
Additional Contributors: Landor, Rosalyn

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joliebergman
Oct 24, 2014

I struggled with everyone in this story. I have a very short tolerance for teenage romance, drama, etc. I was much more interested in the horror/science fiction behind the main characters (that was very interesting, thought provoking, bone chilling!). Sadly, the social drama was too much – I just stopped caring about the trio. Closed the book about a quarter of the way through, read some reviews, and the Wikipedia synopsis.

mmg2681 Sep 18, 2014

I must be simple minded. This was the most boring book (on audio) I have ever listened to. I kept listening thinking it would get better but it never did. This is one to help put you to sleep at night.

wlancaster3 Jan 02, 2014

Far superior to such "literary" science fiction novels as The Handmaid's Tale and Children of Men. It's an alternative history novel, and the divergence point appears to be immediately after World War II. However, given the nature of the divergence -- creating a sub-culture of clones to be used for organ transplants -- WW2 is not credible as a divergence point. Also, the impact of the sub-culture on the larger culture are not explored at all.
But if one accepts the incredible premise (and I suspect that those who don't read science fiction will find it no more incredible than any other "sci-fi" premise), then it is a lovely novel about 3 childhood friends coming to grips with each other and the impossible situation into which they were born.

summer_meg Sep 23, 2011

I really enjoyed this story. I kept wanting to know more and more of this alternative world Ishiguro has laid out. So beautifully written and easy to get into, I was left having the story resonate into my own.

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