Never Let Me Go byKazuo Ishiguro As a child, Kathy—now thirty-one years old—lived at Hailsham, a private school in the scenic English countryside where the children were sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe that they were special and that their well-being was crucial not only for themselves but for the society they would eventually enter. Kathy had long ago put this idyllic past behind her, but when two of her Hailsham friends come back into her life, she stops resisting the pull of memory.
And so, as her friendship with Ruth is rekindled, and as the feelings that long ago fueled her adolescent crush on Tommy begin to deepen into love, Kathy recalls their years at Hailsham. She describes happy scenes of boys and girls growing up together, unperturbed--even comforted--by their isolation. But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that hint at a dark secret behind Hailsham's nurturing facade. With the dawning clarity of hindsight, the three friends are compelled to face the truth about their childhood—and about their lives now.
I have been meaning to read this forever, and I really thought I was going to work it in for Lenore's Dystopian February, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. February has been a busy month for me! But I still do want to read this sooner rather than later, especially with the movie out now. (I won't let myself see the movie until I've read the book, and I really want to see the movie!) What do you guys think? Have any of you read this?