NEVER LET ME GO
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BY KAZUO ISHIGURO
From the recently awarded Nobel Prize In Literature (2017) author Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go is definitely a ‘wild card’ - but one we wanted to read as not only did it oddly appear more visible on the shelves but this one seems to have made it onto the GCSE English Lit course - replacing possibly George Orwell’s 1984?
Yes it’s a dystopian science fiction novel about cloning - not a book that we would naturally pick out, but as a book club read the disturbing undercurrents unleashed opinion and debate for quite some time.
Narrated by Kathy, now 31, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her close friends in the wider world.
A wild card because it's not a comfy read but still beautifully crafted. Possibly a marmite read for your club but with it lots of talkability. And quite different from Ishiguro's stupendous The Remains of the Day.
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