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Never Let Me Go [Kindle Edition]

Kazuo Ishiguro
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)

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In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewered version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

If you enjoyed Never Let Me Go, you might also like Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day, now available in Faber Modern Classics.

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"'Ishiguro is the best and most original novelist of his generation.' Susan Hill, Mail on Sunday"


"'Ishiguro is the best and most original novelist of his generation.' Susan Hill, Mail on Sunday"

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 736 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0676977111
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Fiction; 1st edition (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9ZX6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of six novels, A Pale View of Hills (1982, Winifred Holtby Prize), An Artist of the Floating World (1986, Whitbread Book of the Year Award, Primio Scanno, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Remains of the Day (1989, winner of the Booker Prize), The Unconsoled (1995, winner of the Cheltenham Prize), When We Were Orphans (2000, shortlisted for the Booker Prize) and Never Let Me Go (2005, shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize), and a book of stories, Nocturnes (2009). He received an OBE for Services to Literature in 1995, and the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 1998.

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83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
I found this book deeply disturbing and was unsettled for a long time after reading this novel.

The story concerns a group of children who appear to live an idyllic life in school in the country, but an evil fate awaits them the implications of which slowly become clear.

I am very enthusiastic about Ishiguro's prose style, he writes simply and boldly, and the result is not stark but rather beautiful storytelling; each paragraph has an intensity worth savouring. The horror of their situation is revealed calmly, without any fuss or melodrama. The characters have only the language of euphemism to describe the fate which awaits them, and this helps keep the dreadful fate awaiting them a secret. I don't wish to spoil the surprise, by telling anything more explicitly, but suffice to say this is a story of a whole society's evil being visited on a group of people, and how the victims cope or don't.

I recommend this story whole-heartedly.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy and Pain of Memory 28 Dec. 2005
When my book group picked this book, I was very very leery. I had previously read, and been wholly unimpressed with "When We Were Orphans" and had no desire to give Ishigiro another go. Fortunately I overcame my skepticism, and about a week before our meeting I finally opened the book. From almost the first page I was enthralled and completely under the spell of the prose. I'm not generally a fan of highly mannered writing, I tend to prefer a little razzle-dazzle, a little style, but the precise and pitch-perfect narration sucked me under like a riptide. It is the best novel about nostalgia and memory I have ever read, and at the same time, it is a brilliant science fiction tale. Like all science fiction, the story has its own mysterious vocabulary, but it is told without the genre trappings that ghettoize science fiction. Ishigiro sets his story in a recognizable  mid-1990s Britain but with a significant and sinister difference. And like the best science fiction writers, he does not attempt to explain why this difference exists, or how it came into being, or how the technicalities of it work, he simply presents it as a given and lets his characters loose. Those who demand explanations and internal historical rationales for it are going to be disappointed, and are, moreover, missing the point of the book.
From the very begriming, 31-year-old narrator Kathy sets a subtly ominous tone by telling the reader she has been a "carer" for over a decade and that the authorities are pleased with her. It's a short step from this to "donors" and "recovery times" and other intriguing tidbits that announce we are in a slightly different world.
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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Organic Experience 16 Mar. 2006
Never Let Me Go is in some ways more straightforward than most of Kazuo Ishiguro's novels, and more fully comprehensible than any since his masterpiece The Remains of the Day. And yet there is still enough lightness of detail and wealth of moral ambiguity to justify much strokey-chin thought after the last page has been closed, and even to warrant an early re-read.
The setting of the book is "England, late 1990s," but not as we know it. We can tell this even from the limited narrative offered by Kathy, who tells us very little of the real world outside her immediate (and past) environs. There are words dropped innocently but sinisterly: donations, carers, completing, none of which have the meanings we understand. Kathy was a student at Hailsham, a residential institution for children which educated them and encouraged creative expression, but was not quite a school... They are being prepared for lives as 'carers' and 'donors', and they are a form of experiment made possible by advances in technology which, in this parallel world, came in the 1950s but which we are only seeing now.
To say more than this would ruin the story, as there are two mighty coups of revelation delivered about a quarter and halfway through the book, which resonate through the rest of the story and are quite impossible to free from your mind. The impression I get, however, is that Ishiguro is less interested in the sci-fi aspect of this than in using it as an allegory for us all, the stunted limitations of many of our lives, and our blithe acceptance of our ultimate fate.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, enigmatic, chilling and unforgettable. 15 July 2012
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** spoiler alert ** I mention plot elements in this review which you may not wish to know about in advance of reading the book.

I have now read this beautifully written and haunting book twice, but I'm still not sure what to make of it. The characters shy away from asking awkward questions about their lives and so does the author in this story. I wouldn't want a book to try to give all the answers to fundamental questions of life, but this one doesn't actually formulate the questions. It does raise questions, but everything is peripheral and hinted at rather than explicit, so which questions the reader asks are the ones they already have concerns about.
He puts a group of people into a nightmare scenario and leaves them to make sense of their lives. They do not find reasons, but do find acceptance within themselves. They know from very young that their purpose in life is to die for others, although they only gradually come to a full realisation of this. They have hopes of a possible escape through first artistic achievement and later falling in love and being in a stable couple. Neither of these offer a way out, so they are left with finding consolations to make their short lives more bearable. The best consolations turn out to be friendship and memories, and for Kathy the fulfillment of caring for others.

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The nature of humanity. Are human clones human? If they are, are some humans more valuable than others? Does this hint at discrimination against any group of humans?

The fragility of life. Mortality is at the forefront of the characters minds in the central and latter part of the novel. (They are mostly in denial in the earliest part.
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Never Let Me Go follows the life of three students from Hailsham: Kathy, Tommy and Ruth. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story and lovely writing but not totally engaging
I've come to Ishiguro very late, but just loved The Remains of the Day so much I immediately bought Never Let Me Go. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... book for his GCSE and he is more than happy with the standard of...
my grandson needed this book for his GCSE and he is more than happy with the standard of the book
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