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Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go
By Kazuo Ishiguro

Title available in paperback?: Yes
Pages: 304

Description of Book: "This novel has the premise that the great revolution our world saw was not nuclear but biological. It's set in 1990s England, where cloning is routine. The novel appears to be about three kids at boarding school but the reader eventually comes to realize that the three main characters are all clones, raised specifically to be organ donors to "normals". In that sense, it's a perfect way to discuss ideas about sustainability - will our society decide to use cloning or other technologies in order to "sustain" human life?

From Amazon : 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

From a Amazon reviewer: This novel works beautifully on multiple levels, giving it a quality that kept me thinking about its plot, characters and themes long after I finished its final page. On the most obvious level it is a sort of alternate history that depicts a dystopian society in 1990s England that breeds human clones to become organ donors for "the normals." In that aspect, it brings to mind Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, where humans are created in test tubes and have fixed functions that they grow up to perform in society.

However, Never Let Me Go is more subtle than either Huxley or -- another obvious comparison -- George Orwell's 1984, in that the oppressor is not specifically depicted and there is no one person or group that is in obvious conflict with Ishiguro's main characters. ."
-- Title nominated by Rebecca Torstrick, faculty, Sociology and Anthropology, & Director of Women's Studies

Reviews/Articles/Publisher Information with more about the title:

Random House. "Never Let Me Go" URL.

Godwin, Mike. "Remains of the DNA." Reason. Oct. 2005 Ebscohost. URL. Login required if off-campus.

Last Reviewed: 03/2014