Never Let Me GoIshiguro, Kazuo
As a child, Kathy H attends Hailsham, a boarding school in the secluded English countryside. It is a place of rigid and mysterious rules. Now, at thirty-one, Kathy has assumed the position for which she was trained so long ago, and she has put the memories of her Hailsham days out of her mind. When she is thrown together with two of her old school friends, she begins to relive experiences, and her memories reveal that the ostensibly pastoral and pleasant Hailsham harboured dark and mysterious secrets.
Comments from GroupsPeople found it disturbing, but really 'enjoyed' it too - we had a stimulating discussion. An excellent book group choice. Auckland 226 Great book! We had an in-depth discussion, and most of us enjoyed it. Different, disturbing and fascinating. Nelson 039 It was an uncomfortable read but we all enjoyed it, and the ethical discussion that followed. The book led to a lively discussion of the ethics of organ donation by live donors. We thought the fact that it was set in the present contributed to the unsettling effect - and the book was all the better for it. We found the characters unsettling and multi-dimensional. It was a very interesting and complex novel which we thoroughly recommend. Aucland 105 Kazuo Ishiguro raises such an interesting topic in this novel - certainly one that makes you think. However, most members wished this book had had a climax, and felt disappointed that we never really got any 'answers'. This book left us wanting more.... Auckland 319 Some of us liked this book, but most of us thought the subject matter was the stuff of nightmares. Auckland 056 An outstanding novel, provocative and yet moving. What rests beneath the more obvious theme of cloning is challenging. The writing is superb, especially in the 'voice' of Cathy. Palmerston North 008