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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

TBR Tuesday: Never Let Me Go

Currently languishing on my shelves...

Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo 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?
What's on YOUR tbr?


  1. I really did not like this book. I loved the writing style, but it was a sci-fi book trying not to be sci-fi. I don't want to spoil anything, but I was pretty disappointed with it.

  2. I loved the book, but the movie not so much. It was alright, but it did focus too much on the love story for a while. The book on the other hand is more subtle, but it really left its mark on me when I was finished reading it

  3. I haven't read this book, but it does sounds very interesting and very good. :) I have to add this to my tbr list.

  4. I really want to read the book and see the movie too! Haven't decided which one I'm going to do first though. I'm starting to think that I'll like movies better overall if I see them before reading their (usually better) book counterparts.

  5. I really want to read this one, and I agree about reading the book first. It looks so good. I have fairly high expectations, admittedly, because I read one of his other books, The Remains of the Day, and really enjoyed it.

  6. This is on my BWB wishlist. Having this by the end of Fairy Tale Fortnight would be a reasonable expectation. I don't remember if it was my impression of the book or my impression of the author from this and other books that makes me look forward to this. Once I make the decision so firmly I don't go back and read things to remember the reason. I'd rather, once the decision is made, forget everything I've read until after.

    I was just thinking of this and the FFO that it was included in back in March of last year when I saw this:

  7. I read this one and it definitely left a lasting impression on me. Like Pandora said, it's subtle...it never beats you over the head with the horror. It's quiet and in being so is very effective.
    Would love to hear your thoughts on if when you do read it!


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