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Never Let Me Go. (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Januar 2006

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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. --Regina Marler

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"'A clear frontrunner to be the year's most extraordinary novel.' Peter Kemp, Sunday Times"

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Sachlich und emotionslos berichtet uns die einunddreißigjährige Erzählerin des Romans Kathy H. von ihrer scheinbar idyllischen Kindheit in Hailsham, einer Art Internat. Doch ganz langsam wird dem Leser bewusst, dass sich hinter der Beschreibung einer sorglosen Kindheit ein grausames Geheimnis verbirgt, welches charakteristisch für eine schöne, neue Welt ist, die wir hoffentlich nie erleben werden.
Schon früh wird der Leser mit Begriffen wie "carer", "donor", und "completed" konfrontiert. Doch offensichtlich scheint dieses Vokabular so selbstverständlich zu sein, dass Kathy dieses in ihrem Bericht nicht erklärt. Sie konzentriert sich auf die Darstellung ihrer langen und innigen Freundschaft mit Tommy und Ruth auf Hailsham und in den Jahren danach. Durch die genaue Beschreibung dieser Beziehung zwischen den drei Personen schockiert das grausige Ende, dessen sich alle von Anfang an bewusst sind und es voll und ganz akzeptiert haben, um so mehr.
Auch wenn es wie eine billige Floskel klingt; in "Never let me go" geht es um nichts anderes als die Frage, was uns Menschen eigentlich zu Menschen macht. Mehr kann hier nicht verraten werden, da sonst zu viel von der Geschichte vorweggenommen werden würde. Unbedingt lesen!! Ein Meisterwerk, was wohl noch in Jahren faszinieren wird, wenn es bis dahin nicht von der Realität eingeholt worden ist.
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Aims to make us question the ethics of science even though the author never directly raises the topic. The narrator of Never Let Me Go is Kathy H., a woman who introduces herself as a "carer" mere months away from becoming a "donor," as though we should know what these terms mean. This nearness to ending one stage of her life to entering another causes her to reminisce about Hailsham, the school in the English countryside where she grew up with her two closest friends, Tommy D. and Ruth. The three form an unlikely trio: Ruth is headstrong and imaginative; Tommy has an uncontrollable temper; and Kathy is steady and observant in the subtleties of human behavior. It is this last quality belonging to Kathy H. that sets the tone of the novel. Everything is precisely told in an even, matter-of-fact voice that never questions the strange terminology and conversations that alert the reader to something more grave lurking under what seems, on the surface, to be an ordinary story about three childhood friends. As the three grow up, they begin to face moments more important than the minor disagreements of childhood.

Ishiguro's richly textured description of the relationship among the three supplies all the details without confronting the larger issues. As Kathy tells us, the guardians at Hailsham both tell and not tell the students the truth about Hailsham and their lives--exactly what Ishiguro does to the reader. The truth is doled out in increments, over the course of the entire novel, requiring the reader to understand what is implied as much as what is told. The frightening side to all this is that the characters never question the course of their lives. No one runs, or questions why they are the ones to make the ultimate sacrifice.
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This isn't a book about moral principles or about whether or not we should have such principles.
It is rather about how we are losing or may well have lost already the ability to self determine our lives. Is the escape from an unpleasant status quo of one's life for us as beyond of all imaginable options as it is for Kathy, Ruth and Tommy?
Can we manage to maintain a human, independent and critical way of thinking and reflecting our actions? Do we have a chance to continue deciding for ourselves what is right and what is wrong by using our intelligence instead of following unquestioned rules established by the ones who only seek to increase their power?
"Never let me go" brings back these questions to the readers mind through an overwhelming story of love, friendship, youth, courage, fragility and helplessness.
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This book is milestone in literature as books like Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World or Atwood's Handmaid's Tale are. Like other reviewers I am not going to spoil the book by describing its story. Be assured: It is a good one.

Ishiguro knows how to use his words and how to deliver beautiful descriptions. While reading you get the impression that something is wrong in this small perfect world and when you find out what is wrong, it does not hit you, but comes gradually. Too gradually to shock you enough. But continuing reading you will learn to understand what the central characters fail to see, because they would be unable to deal with the consequences of knowing.

This is a disturbing book, because it fails to shock the reader at any point. You wait and wait and wait for the characters to see the scandal and to fight it. But who will fight a small and perfect world?
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When you start to read "Never Let Me Go", you instantly have this feeling that there's something wrong. Words like "carer", "donator", or "completion" are introduced, but without giving you much information about what is going on and what they really mean to the people in this book. This feeling about something being wrong accompanies you throughout the story, and bit by bit disturbing details are being revealed. The ending is not as shocking as I thought it would be (at some point it was predictable), but it definitely leaves you with an uncomfortable feeling.

I really liked how the story was told, it felt so real… this all could have happened this way… and could possibly be happening like that in the future. The author knows how to create suspense, but he couldn't always uphold it. Some parts of the book were a bit tedious. But all in all, a very good book and an unsettling story which, well, will probably never let you go again!

(I watched the film a week after I've finished the book, and I really liked it! The film managed to convey some of the atmosphere I missed in the book, as it is written in a somewhat factual and levelheaded way. But on the other hand, I think that some important details were left out in the film.)
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