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Never Let Me Go

Written by: Kazuo Ishiguro
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2005 Kazuo Ishiguro (P)2017 Vintage Canada

What the critics say

"So exquisitely observed that even the most workaday objects and interactions are infused with a luminous, humming otherworldliness. The dystopian story it tells, meanwhile, gives it a different kind of electric charge.... An epic ethical horror story, told in devastatingly poignant miniature.... Ishiguro spins a stinging cautionary tale of science outpacing ethics." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Perfect pacing and infinite subtlety.... That this stunningly brilliant fiction echoes Caryl Churchill's superb play A Number and Margaret Atwood's celebrated dystopian novels in no way diminishes its originality and power. A masterpiece of craftsmanship that offers an unparalleled emotional experience. Send a copy to the Swedish Academy." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"Elegiac, compelling, otherworldly, deeply disturbing and profoundly moving." [ Sunday Herald (UK)]

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Shockingly Dull

If you are expecting some insight into a dystopian future and ethical quandaries be prepared for disappointment. This story drones on and on with trivial school age memories and barely scratches the surface of what could be an interesting premise. Narration is very good but not enough to pull this story out of boredom.

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A must read book

Beautifully written and very relevant story. This profoundly thoughtful and heartbreaking story will stay with me forever.

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Not much of a plot but fantastic character development. I really felt attached to the characters in the end and felt sad to see them go. The social commentary, though brief, was profound.

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  • 2017-12-07

Another mesmerizing story by Ishiguro.

A deeply touching story of love and compassion. It is terrifying to think that this dystopian story may not be that far off from what may be possible in the nearest future. Makes us think about technological advancement vs the choices that we make as a society. Quite terrifying....
Rosalyn Landor is the perfect reader for this story.

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