Never Let Me Go

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From the acclaimed author of "The""Remains of the Day" and "When We Were Orphans, " a moving new novel that subtly reimagines our world and time in a haunting story of friendship and love.
As a child, Kathy-now thirty-one years old-lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed-even comforted-by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham's nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood-and about their lives now.
A tale of deceptive simplicity, "Never Let Me Go "slowly reveals an extraordinary emotional depth and resonance-and""takes its place among Kazuo Ishiguro's finest work.

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User Review  - LynnB - LibraryThing

Im not a fan of this kind of speculative fiction. That said, the book is well written and I found I cared about the characters, which is usually a challenge for me in this kind of book. The themes in ... Read full review

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User Review  - jayne_charles - LibraryThing

This book starts out with the narrator Kathy reminiscing about her schooldays in a boarding school, and nothing is initially out of the ordinary, but gradually a sense of unease creeps over the ... Read full review

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Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and now lives in London, England. Each of his understated, finely wrought novels has been published to international acclaim. He was in both of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists anthologies, and won the Booker Prize at thirty-four for Remains of the Day.

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