Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

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Shortlisted for the 2005 Booker Prize

Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

'Exquisite.' Guardian
'A feat of imaginative sympathy.' New York Times

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Product details

  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 253g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 9780571258093
  • 466

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About Kazuo Ishiguro

Kazuo Ishiguro's eight books have won him world-wide renown and many honours, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over forty languages. The Remains of the Dayand Never Let Me Go have each sold in excess of one million copies in Faber editions alone, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films. His most recent novel, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015, debuting at number 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list.
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574,786 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 30% (172,551)
4 37% (210,254)
3 23% (133,685)
2 7% (43,010)
1 3% (15,286)

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Judging from the posters of the film, I was expecting a period drama/ romance complete with a love triangle. Simple, and not too complicated to watch on a 24 hour flight. Yeah... I was wrong. I got this book after I saw the film to further explain some of the concepts they simply hinted at. The film had me crying (although that could have been the end of my holiday) and my mind kept going back to it weeks after I stepped off the plane. The book is much more satisfying information-wise, but less so emotionally. Set in an alternate no-so-distant past (the 90s), the main characters not only have to deal with their love triangle, but with a bleak and horrifying future that I'll try not to spoil here. The way that Ishiguro dribbles out information is masterful. Read the book first, as the film just cuts to the chase in the first half hour or so. The story is narrated by Cathy, and she holds the reader at a distance for the entire novel. She is coldly analytical whilst looking back at her own life, but you can feel the emotions bubbling underneath and threatening to spill if she doesn't take this cool stance. However, this does mean her interactions with the other characters have less of an emotional impact, as she holds herself back so much. The characters are played superbly and emotionally in the film, even if the wider themes are only touched upon. The whole premise of the novel is a fascinating study of humanity and ethics and well worth the slight depression you might feel when exiting Ishiguro's more
by Lisette Muratore
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