Never Let Me Go

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Vintage International, 2006 - Fiction - 288 pages
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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.
Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring the themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

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Never Let Me Go has some of the most authentic human interaction I have ever read. It is often painfully tender, describing relationships in their complicated and difficult details. The significance ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
19
Section 3
31
Section 4
47
Section 5
60
Section 6
70
Section 7
83
Section 8
94
Section 12
136
Section 13
152
Section 14
165
Section 15
7
Section 16
18
Section 17
37
Section 18
46
Section 19
56

Section 9
106
Section 10
114
Section 11
124
Section 20
76
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About the author (2006)

Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of five previous novels, including The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize and became an international best seller. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995 he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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