Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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By (author) Kazuo Ishiguro

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1400078776
  • ISBN 13: 9781400078776
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 6,258

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From the Booker Prize-winning author of "The Remains of the Day"comes a devastating new novel of innocence, knowledge, and loss. As children Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were students at Hailsham, an exclusive boarding school secluded in the English countryside. It was a place of mercurial cliques and mysterious rules where teachers were constantly reminding their charges of how special they were. Now, years later, Kathy is a young woman. Ruth and Tommy have reentered her life. And for the first time she is beginning to look back at their shared past and understand just what it is that makes them special-and how that gift will shape the rest of their time together. Suspenseful, moving, beautifully atmospheric, Never Let Me Go""is another classic by the author of The Remains of the Day.

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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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"A page turner and a heartbreaker, a tour de force of knotted tension and buried anguish."--"Time" "A Gothic tour de force. . . . A tight, deftly controlled story . . . . Just as accomplished [as "The Remains of the Day"] and, in a very different way, just as melancholy and alarming."--"The New York Times" "Elegaic, deceptively lovely. . . . As always, Ishiguro pulls you under." --"Newsweek" "Superbly unsettling, impeccably controlled . . . . The book's irresistible power comes from Ishiguro's matchless ability to expose its dark heart in careful increments." --"Entertainment Weekly"

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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. "From the Hardcover edition.