Never Let Me Go
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All children should believe they are special. But the students of Hailsham, an elite school in the English countryside, are so special that visitors shun them, and only by rumor and the occasional fleeting remark by a teacher do they discover their unconventional origins and strange destiny. Kazuo Ishiguro's sixth novel, Never Let Me Go, is a masterpiece of indirection. Like the students of Hailsham, readers are "told but not told" what is going on and should be allowed to discover the secrets of Hailsham and the truth about these children on their own.
Offsetting the bizarreness of these revelations is the placid, measured voice of the narrator, Kathy H., a 31-year-old Hailsham alumna who, at the close of the 1990s, is consciously ending one phase of her life and beginning another. She is in a reflective mood, and recounts not only her childhood memories, but her quest in adulthood to find out more about Hailsham and the idealistic women who ran it. Although often poignant, Kathy's matter-of-fact narration blunts the sharper emotional effects you might expect in a novel that deals with illness, self-sacrifice, and the severe restriction of personal freedoms. As in Ishiguro's best-known work, The Remains of the Day, only after closing the book do you absorb the magnitude of what his characters endure
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I just realized that I never journaled after listening to this.
I thought the narrator was quite good, and I really enjoyed listening to this—just as much as I enjoyed reading the book. Ishiguro is quite the story weaver, and this book has motivated me to seek out other books by him. Great audio!
One thing to note is that since this is a burned copy from audible.com, the last disc is not the same length as the others, so when you start the last disc there are only a few minutes left of the book!
It's a rather curious set up of story, and it is intriguing how it was set in 1950's rather than a more futuristic setting. As the story is told by Kathy, the bigger story is not revealed till much latter, towards the end, which leaves a lot of questions unanswered and to the reader's imagination.
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When I read this back in 2009, I wrote the following:
This was just an amazing, excellent book. I wanted to listen to it constantly, because I was so loathe to stop the story. At the beginning, I thought Kath was going to relate a happy, simple story of a girl growing up at an artsy boarding school, but as each layer of the story was peeled open it became more disturbing and creepy. I suspected what was going on pretty quickly, but it was still wonderful to read and watch the drama unfold.
I enjoyed the audiobook even more. It sets a slower pace into how the story is developing and explains a lot of the subtle feelings of the characters during the plot.