reception & Awards

Never Let Me Go was awarded the following:

  • 2005 Man Booker Prize Finalist
  • 2006 Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee
  • 2005 National Book Critics Circle Nominee
  • 2005 Time's Best Novel of the Year
  • Time's 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923-2005
  • 2006 American Library Association Alex Award

Never Let Me Go

About the Book

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Cover of Zeitoun"From the Man Booker Prize winning author of The Remains of the Day and When We Were Orphans, comes an unforgetable edge-of-your-seat mystery that is at once heartbreakingly tender and morally courageous about what it means to be human. Halisham seems like a pleasant English boarding school, far from the influences of the city. Its students are well-tended and supported, trained in the arts and literature, and become just the sort of people the world wants them to be. But, curiously, they are taught nothing of the outside world and are allowed little contact with it. Within the grounds of Halisham, Kathy grows from school-girl to young woman, but it's only when she and her friends, Ruth and Tommy, leave the safe grounds of the school that they realize the full truth of what Halisham is. Never Let Me Go breaks through the boundaries of the literary novel. It is a gripping mystery, a beautiful love story, and also a scathing critique of human arrogance and a moral examination of how we treat the the vulnerable and different in our society. In exploring themes of memory and the impact of the past, Ishiguro takes on the idea of a possible future to create his most moving and powerful book to date.

- Random House

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