Never Let Me Go

288 pages

English language

Published Jan. 5, 2010 by Vintage International.

ISBN:
978-1-4000-7877-6
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OCLC Number:
70236408
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4 stars (122 reviews)

From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and When 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.

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Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I’m not sure how I feel after reading this. I loved The Remains of the Day a ton, and I expected to like this one even more because of the added sci-fi layer to Ishiguro’s writing. Instead, I feel a little cheated and let down; while the writing and story were certainly very good, it just didn’t hit the same way for me as The Remains of the Day did.

Briefly (as there’s many other much longer reviews here to peruse for detailed plot points), the story is written from two points: Kathy later in life as a “carer”, and Kathy early in life as a student at Hailsham boarding school. From the beginning hints are dropped from both points in time that something off-kilter is going on with the kids at Hailsham, and whatever that something is followed these students even after they left the school. We follow Kathy …

Jäipä epätyydyttynyt olo

3 stars

Britanniaan sijoittuva romaani, jonka päähenkilöinä on kolme jonkinlaisessa laitoksessa (joskin suhteellisen hyvissä oloissa) kasvatettua lasta ja sittemmin nuorta aikuista, ja koko romaanin pointtina on oikeastaan yrittää päästä selvyyteen, mikä tämän laitoksen luonne ja tarkoitus oikeastaan on ja miten se vaikuttaa päähenkilöihin kun he saavat sen selville. Odottava tunnelma jatkuu siis alusta loppuun saakka, ja kun asia lopussa selviää, on vähän lässähtänyt olo.

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I shouldn't be surprised that this book absolutely blew me away. Ishiguro's "The Buried Giant" was my favorite read of last year. But despite this being completely different in tone, it was just as powerful and thought provoking. I couldn't help but feel like the plot was a solid contemporary fiction story in a horrific sci fi, almost dystopian setting. I've never felt such rising despondence in my heart as pieces of these students' lives are revealed bit by bit. But while, in many ways, it was heartbreaking, the story is one of friendship, forgiveness, and love. This is truly masterful storytelling from beginning to end.

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Ik las Never Let Me Go door Kazuo Ishiguro. PAS OP: dit stukje beval spoilers. Nou ja, de grote onthulling zit al op een derde van het boek, dus zo groot is de spoiler ook weer niet, maar toch.

In een wereld die heel erg lijkt op de onze, volgens we een groepje tieners die opgroeien op een soort internaat. Tussen hun lessen door volgen we de relatieperikelen en stubbelingen van twee meisjes en een jongen. De ruzies en vriendschappen worden in groot detail beschreven. Hun opleiding lijkt voor het grootste deel uit culturele vorming te bestaan en na hun examen komen met weer andere jongeren op een soort vervallen boerderij te wonen. Het lijkt allemaal wat doelloos, tot duidelijk wordt wat dit voor jongeren zijn: het zijn klonen, voorbestemd om hun organen te doneren aan ‘gewone’ mensen die dat nodig hebben. De enige zinnige opleiding die ze krijgen, is …

Review of 'Non lasciarmi' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

"Non Lasciarmi" è un romanzo che piega i generi letterari a proprio piacimento, lo si può leggere come un romanzo di formazione, come una distopia o, come fa lo scrittore americano Ramsey Campbell, come un horror. Possiamo essere d'accordo con una qualunque di queste categorizzazioni, ma l'autore riesce comunque a trascenderle tutte rendendo la sua opera qualcosa di diverso.
Nonostante la complessità della sua collocazione, "Non Lasciarmi" può essere considerato romanzo facile, da divorare in un paio di notti di lettura compulsiva, ma quando il lettore abbasserà il libro dopo averne letto l'ultima riga, non potrà fare altro che fissare il vuoto per qualche minuto scuotendo lentamente la testa, turbato a vita.

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This book demonstrates just how far foreshadowing and suspense can go - the entire story essentially runs on it, and the result is kind of fascinating. The main narrator remains relatively undeveloped, but this lends itself well to the plot itself. As in [b:The Remains of the Day|28921|The Remains of the Day|Kazuo Ishiguro|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327128714s/28921.jpg|3333111], both the author and the narrator exhibit great restraint.

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

Someone took a science fiction premise and surrounded it with relationships, feelings and things that aren't from a dystopia society and really made me interested in the story. Make no mistake, the science fiction part of "Never Let Me Go" is a slow burn, but there is enough story to keep you going that you forget what kind of book you are reading. The answers aren't laid out in the beginning and through reminiscing on memories you receive little nuggets of detail about the world this book takes place in. If you find yourself wondering what the point of Hailsham or Guardians are, that's only natural feeling and soon you'll get all the details you need.

This is a different take on science fiction, and for a while I wasn't even sure there was any in this book but it's presented neatly in an all around pleasant story.

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I love Ishiguro's trick of unabashedly tantalizing you with the next part of the story at the end of the preceding part. It made this book hard to put down.

I really couldn't stand the way the characters never communicated openly with each other, but that's part of what made the story so effective and tragic.

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Ok, so I just put this book down after finishing it, then rereading the first chapter. I'm really not sure what I can say about it. I loved it even though it made me furious. The story was suspenseful, emotionally engaging (which is an understatement), and intellectually fascinating. Really, if there was ever a text to read post-financial crisis, this is the one. Not that this book is about living under capitalism directly, it just lends itself to that interpretation nicely.

I normally stay pretty cool to contemporary prize finalists (I don't know why... guess I feel like they need to stand the test of time. I don't like getting swept up in hysterical illusions) but I whole-heartily recommend this book. It's a pretty fast read (so fast you could miss a lot of its subtleties) and the characters have a way of inhabiting your inner world; though, having only …

Review of 'Never Let Me Go' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is an incredible book which I found myself unable to put down. Written in straightforward prose and relatively short in length, it nevertheless features some deeply thought-provoking themes, including love, loss, discrimination, medical ethics, identity, the nature of education, and even the sanctity of life itself. It's a tremendously powerful novel that had me close to tears much of the time, particularly in the final part.

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