From the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and author of the Booker Prize–winning novel The Remains of the Day comes a devastating 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 modern classic.
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It’s well written but it’s just too sad!
It’s so well written, there’s no extra fat or fluff that bogs it down, it’s very engaging tightly written. There are some excellent points made about morality and parallels you can draw to the real world. Lots of great dissections can come from it. If you don’t get to emotional over stuff then go ahead, and go into it without knowing anything about it, BUT Im really tender hearted. I’m so sensitive. I cried at the end and a lot the day after. I had to read this for my AICE class and I put it on double speed and got through it really quickly, and I had a feeling it wouldn’t be happy so I wanted to get through it quick so I wouldn’t get too invested, but I still was! 😭😭😭 I hate being forced to read such sad stories.
This is unquestionably one of the greatest novels of the last decade, so ignore the negative reviewers who denigrate the literary merits of the book. It will move you and unhinge you, but it will make you feel purely human by the end. I would recommend reading rather than listening, as it's important for you too set the tone and pitch of this story.
Be warned this book will make you think
I loved this book. The writer nails the voices of the children, adults, teachers and others. I do not want to spoil the mystery but as you listen you may well find that you re-think how you look at your own past and re-visit the way that you look at and treat others. It is well worth the time to listen.