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Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguru | Literature & Fiction
Registered by winglmn60wing of Spotswood, Victoria Australia on 8/27/2006
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by joy46): travelling


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7 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Sunday, August 27, 2006

8 out of 10

Book Description
'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.'


This was one of my 'real life' bookclub picks - and certainly led to lots of discussion. At times the narrative is 'boring'and/or 'adolescent', but our group suggested that this was a device by Ishiguro to reflect the obsession with the 'small' things in life that would be natural in a group with no 'real' future.
I found this book to be one of ideas, rather than relationships - and given the current discussion over stem cell research - one that is very relevant to our times.

I've noted that this book is on a lot of people's wishlists, so will offer it as an Australian ring - hopefully there'll be some interest in it. 


Journal Entry 2 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 18, 2006

This book has not been rated.

There's some interest in this one as a bookring. I'm delighted to share this one with some other readers...

BookRing Instructions:
1. When you receive the book, please make a journal entry so everyone knows it has safely arrived.
2. When you finish the book, please make another journal entry to share some of your thoughts - enjoyed the book, or hated it?
3. Continue the BookRing by checking this journal entry for the latest list, and sending a PM to the person after you on the list requesting their postal address.
4. Please try to send on the book as soon as you can, preferably within 4-6 weeks. I know that Real Life has a way of intruding on our reading time, so if you need more time, that's not a problem at all. Either send me a PM to let me know or write a journal entry that the book is safe with you. Thanks! :)

Order so far....

Sujie
Sugaryfun
freelunch
DrCris

... and then back to lmn60 


Journal Entry 3 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Friday, September 29, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Received today, thanks lmn60. I am looking forward to reading this, but have two other ring books on the go at the moment. I'll make sure it is read in the next couple of weeks...the first page is very enticing, in a "Handmaiden" (Atwood) sort of way! 


Journal Entry 4 by Sujie from Kangaroo Valley, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, October 04, 2006

9 out of 10

Read in one sitting...unputdownable.

SPOILERS FOLLOW

As an allegory of life, the structure of school (Hailsham), university (The Cottages) and real life afterwards, were chillingly underscored by the knowledge that these were sub-humans. I'm sure the adolescent nature of their interaction made for more pathos, although the one irritation for me was Ishiguro's device of pre-empting the telling of anecdotes. In a way he seemed to be saying 'get ready for this one' all the time. I found this contrived and thus felt manipulated. Perhaps that was his intention.
I haven't felt this chilled since "Bladerunner". WHY didn't they run? All through I was hoping for Tommy and Kathy to get out of there, to escape. Their pleasures were so parochial - that was so heart-wrenching. It never occurred to any character to run, and was never alluded to by Ishiguro...even more frightening. A lot of what was not written played a part in this novel.
Thanks for starting the ring, lmn60. I love Ishiguru's work and would have got round to it someday but you have been responsible for the washing lying dormant in my machine, and a day in my studio considerably shortened!
Will send on to Sugaryfun when I get address. 


Journal Entry 5 by Sugaryfun from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Monday, October 16, 2006

This book has not been rated.

Just a quick note to let you know the book arrived safely today. I'll start reading it as soon as I can.

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Edit- (14/11/06)
I had a few bookrings arrive at once and there's no way I'm going to get through this one in time, so I PM'd Imn60 for extra time. 


Journal Entry 6 by Sugaryfun from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Thursday, November 30, 2006

7 out of 10

I finally finished it today. It's not really a slow read, I was just busy.

I didn't know anything about this book when I signed up for this bookring, (other than that it was listed as one of the '1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die' which I am trying to read as many as possible of at the moment for a read and release challenge), and the only other book of his I'd heard of was The Remains of the Day, which I haven't read (though I saw the movie), so I suppose I was expecting some sort of British, historical drama type of book. Because of that, this story was a bit of a suprise, but I found it very engaging.

Like Suije, I saw comparisons to The Handmaid's Tale and Bladerunner. I think it's kind of strange to call the characters 'sub-humans' though, unless Suije just meant that some people in the world of the book thought they were.

It was a bit frustrating how it never occurred to the characters to try and escape, or fight back, or try and make the public aware of what was going on, but I guess this was to show how thoroughly they were brainwashed into accepting their lot.

It kind of annoys me the way things like cloning and genetic engineering are always treated in such an alarmist way in fiction. Slippery slopes usually aren't as slippery as people think. Personally, I look forward to the day when we can farm *disembodied* organs, which may not be so far off...but I digress. It's a good book.

I've PM'd Freelunch for an address to send it on.

 


Journal Entry 7 by Sugaryfun from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Tuesday, December 05, 2006

7 out of 10

I'm really sorry, I meant to post this over a week ago, but I've found myself suddenly busy with work. I finally sent it this afternoon. 


Journal Entry 8 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, December 06, 2006

This book has not been rated.

received today, thanks Sugaryfun (and thanks lmn60 for organizing this bookring) 


Journal Entry 9 by freelunch from Cairns, Queensland Australia on Thursday, December 21, 2006

9 out of 10

I don't recall ever enjoying prose for its own sake as much as I did in this book. I'm eager now to read as much Kazuo Ishiguro as I can lay my hands on... and I need a "permanent collection" copy of this book for my wife to read.

A sad story written from the perspective of a character who initially is not fully aware (some might say 'blissfully unaware') of the world she lives in.

To say any more would spoil the story. I hope Hollywood doesn't get its hands on this book as I can't imagine a film doing it any form of justice.

sent on to DrCris today. 


Journal Entry 10 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, January 02, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Arrived in the mail yesterday. I already have two bookrings, so this will follow those. 


Journal Entry 11 by DrCris from Templestowe, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, January 09, 2007

9 out of 10

Wow. I realy enjoyed this book. I thought this was a really nice discussion of the way our minds work being totally predicted by what we are taught and how we are treated as a child. I read the book knowing that these characters were interacting with the world in a way I never could. It reminded me of those people that go to exclusive alternative schools and how they have to adjust to society when they leave. These people never had to adjust to real society because they only ever socialised with people who had the same life. I never felt any frustration that these characters didn't try to escape (although I thought Tommy was when he had his tantrum on the back street), mainly because they had a really strong impression of who they were and what their role in life was. Their form of rebellion was simply to chase down the facts about their lives (which they had been told in some form, anyway).

I hope I have been vague enough to avoid spoilers. Thanks for sending this one around as a ring, lmn60. 


Journal Entry 12 by winglmn60wing from Spotswood, Victoria Australia on Saturday, January 20, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Made it safely home.

Thanks to all the participants in this ring! 


Journal Entry 13 by cathyinoz from Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on Saturday, February 24, 2007

This book has not been rated.

Caught at the committee meeting for the Aust Bookcrossing Convention 2007. Thanks lmn60 this is one of those books one should read but I hadn't run across a copy til now. up the top of TBR you go. 


Journal Entry 14 by cathyinoz from Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

8 out of 10

A beautifully written book with a seriously disturbing story. Reminded me much of the atmosphere of Oryx and Crake.

If I was in a darker mood I would say this is everyone''s life, there is so much blind acceptance in the world. I might also say it doesn''t take much for humans to treat others as subhumans. But I am not in a dark mood and want to say I loved the simple voice of the narrator and admire the author''s skill in the gentle way in which he unveils the truth to us -- and to his characters. 


Journal Entry 15 by cathyinoz from Fitzroy, Victoria Australia on Saturday, September 08, 2007

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passed on to joy46 


Journal Entry 16 by joy46 from Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 08, 2008

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Am cleaning up to go on holidays.... Have had this book for 12 months and not read it , so release it i will. Happy reading..... 


Journal Entry 17 by joy46 at North Ringwood Shops in Ringwood North, Victoria Australia on Monday, September 08, 2008

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Released 9 yrs ago (9/8/2008 UTC) at North Ringwood Shops in Ringwood North, Victoria Australia

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