Never Let Me Go Paperback – 25 Feb 2010
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"'A clear frontrunner to be the year's most extraordinary novel.' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Never Let Me Go is the acclaimed bestseller by Kazuo Ishiguro, author of the Booker Prize-winning novel, The Remains of the Day and The Buried Giant. Now a major film adaptation starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan.See all Product description
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Ishiguro offers no explanation for why or how, and no scientific clarification - the children, as adults, set off on their own quest for answers, which mostly centre on the mysterious 'Madame' and her 'gallery': Why does she want to collect their best artwork, and why is it so important that they apply themselves to their art and writing, that they be creative? (Indeed, other than sports, it appears nothing besides art and English are taught at the élite Hailsham boarding school). Why is Tommy berated for his lack of artistic skills? Why does Madame appear 'afraid' of them, 'the way people are scared of spiders'?Read more ›
The two novels by Ishiguro that I have so far read, The Remains of the Day, and this one, present the theme of emotional blindness and/or repression. Stevens, the butler in The Remains of the Day, is unable to express his true but deeply repressed feelings of love for Miss Kenton owing to the overbearing demands he has developed for himself. He believes that he must never act in a way that would undermine his manner as an ever dignified butler. This falsely-based notion brings about his (and Miss Kenton’s) tragedy, that of a man incomplete as a human being in not being able to express love and affection in a natural way, including sexual relations.
In Never Let Me Go all the characters have, in Miss Lucy’s words, ‘been told but not told’ about the dreadful fate that awaits them. In other words their education and upbringing and the fact that they have all been cloned, have removed a large proportion of their ability to respond emotionally to this destiny. In this there is an obvious parallel with Stevens in The Remains of the Day in respect of the children's deep repression of emotions. They have been created purely as a sort of living stockpile of organs for transplanting into diseased patients. They all know this, yet they ‘not know it’ because, it seems, they have been hypnotised to ignore or repress the truth.
Thus in this novel we are presented with a nightmarish dystopian scenario. The way the characters are presented gives us, as readers, feelings of empathy and even affection for them. But they themselves are unable to react to their situation. They are passive, almost like zombies in their lack of emotional response.Read more ›
The book has over 300 Amazon reviews, so I guess I cannot add very much by way of yet another, but I was so challenged by it that I thought I might offer a few words. This is a book the reader has to work hard with. What I found so engaging about it is the contrast between its very simple literary style (almost Blyton-esque) and its very profound subject matter. It can be read on at least 3 levels, and as the pages progressed, I kept switching from one to another.
On one level it is a tale of young people, who are not young people. They are clones, manufactured by man with a sole purpose - to provide spare parts to revitalise the ill and infirm. But they have many of the normal characteristics of young people - and the author forces you to empathise with them by giving one of them the task of telling the story - you see things from her perspective. They come across, not as any sub-human beings, but as real people with real feelings, yet sentenced to an awful inevitable predestination. Relationships between the young people are beautifully drawn with repeatedly poignant understatement, and given their destiny, ones heart goes out to them. And one is never certain what human characteristics they been allowed to retain, and what they are deprived of. So, for instance, they can almost certainly love one another but appear not to be able to experience grief. I found this uncertainty puzzling, but it certainly added to the intrigue.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow, this novel sure got a positive reception when it was released. Having just finished the book, I am surprised at how mediocre the pacing was, how little characterisation there... Read morePublished 5 days ago by J. Courtney
Would not have gone past Part I if I had not listened rather than read.
Special lab rat reflects on her predestined path. Read more
What an amazingly sad and poignant story told with such honesty, naivety and trust....one of my favorite books by one of my favourite authors.aPublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sad and moving sci fi like story.
Unpredictable so an intriguing read
Kazuo never disappoints... read this a very long time ago and enjoyed it againPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
You. Need. A. Strong. Stomach. To. Enjoy. This. The. Main theme. Is that. In. The. Future. Humans. Will. Be. Cloned. To. Provide. A. Source. Of organs for. Medical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alma gardner
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