Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss.
As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special—and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go is modern classic.

Baker & Taylor
A reunion with two childhood friends draws Kathy and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the English countryside, and a confrontation with the truth about their childhoods.

& Taylor

A reunion with two childhood friends--Ruth and Tommy--draws Kath and her companions on a nostalgic odyssey into the supposedly idyllic years of their lives at Hailsham, an isolated private school in the serene English countryside, and a dramatic confrontation with the truth about their childhoods and about their lives in the present. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2005
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400078776
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 23 cm


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Nov 23, 2017

In the same way the movie previews left me uninterested, so did this book, regardless of what reviews had to say about it. To me the characters were lifeless and robotic and I couldn't find it myself to care about any of them, so around a quarter of the way through I moved on to something else.

Aug 24, 2017

I did not like this book and only finished it because I wanted to know the ending without cheating by reading ahead. I'm going to quote directly from the library's description of this book so other readers will know somewhat of it's contents before attempting to read as there's barely any conversations and only lots of descriptions.

"As an adult, Kathy re-engages in lapsed friendships with classmates Ruth and Tommy, examining the details of their shared youth and revisiting with growing awareness the clues and anecdotal evidence apparent to them even as youngsters that they were "different" from everyone outside. Ultimately, readers learn that the Hailsham children are clones, raised solely for the purpose of medical harvesting of organs, their lifespan circumscribed by years when they are designated as carers, followed by a short period as active donors, culminating in what is obliquely referred to as 'completion.'"

HCL_staff_reviews Aug 08, 2017

Winner of the Booker Prize for his "Remains of the Day", Ishiguro once again writes about characters that live in a microcosmic world. The story is told by the main character, Kathy H., who is trying to understand the mysterious world she lived in from childhood to young adulthood while attending Hailsham, a private preparatory school. The teachers and guardians sheltered the students from reality, allowing them little contact with the outside world. A very interesting book that questions science, ethics, and being human. — Barb H., Outreach Services

Cynthia_N Apr 03, 2017

I always seem to find odd books like this one and I always seem to like them. "Special" children raised in a boarding home. Don't read any spoilers!!

Mar 01, 2017

This novel reminded me of Kurt Vonnegut's take on the meaning of life: "To help each other get through this, whatever this may be." Every character gave their entire lives to this purpose. In essence it will take more than a few angry protests, posts or prepping to impress me. When we start hiding Muslims and Mexicans in our basements to protect families from deportation and separation then I will have faith in humanity again.

Feb 18, 2017

Interesting, futuristic drama set in the English countryside. Tale of a woman reflecting on her years growing up in an unusual boarding school for "special" children. I was not quite sure what the overall message that Ishiguro wanted the reader to come away with. Just an unusual story.

AL_LESLEY Nov 16, 2016

A poignant and melancholy portrayal of the lives of those who cannot live and their search for some sort of humanity denied by their very makers. The simplicity of this moving story lends meaning to every passage and allows reflections of our own selves and the justifications we make every day of our lives.

Jul 22, 2016

Lost potential. The premise of the story (cloning humans for medical purposes) has potential to be great however it focused on 3 peoples relationship. None of the characters were all that interesting or endearing, there were times when I wondered why they even considered each other friends which is the whole basis of the book. Skip this one.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 02, 2016

Never Let Me Go is a simple read, but it is not a simple book. It is about, and from the perspective of, children who through the course of the novel grow into young adults. And therein lies its simplicity: Ishiguro treats these characters as they should be treated--their focus is on popularity, sex, pranks, and the like. Yet throughout the novel, there is a feeling that something darker lies beneath the surface. Who, or perhaps what, these characters are is never hidden; there is not a twist which reveals the truth. It settles in slowly from page one and makes complete sense by the end. But by the end, the complexity has set in. These characters who had seemed so normal were exactly that. And the reality of their fate drops like a hammer on the skull of a lab rat.
This is one of those books which seemed good while I was reading it. I felt interested in the characters' stories, but never really felt entirely connected to them. But as I met those last few pages, I noticed my heart began to speed up and my eyes grew teary. Finally, I began to care. Never Let Me Go is a book which may seem inconsequential at first--an easy read with little backbone--but its resonance lasts long after the final page.

May 28, 2016

You might think at first blush that this is another story about a British private school, but it soon becomes obvious that this well-written and engrossing novel involves something very different. I had a hard time putting it down. The book tacitly raises many questions relevant to the intersection of science and society.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t ever see them fading.

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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