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“Ishiguro's venture into science fiction is tear-jerking and quietly horrific.
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“This book had a good premise--an incredible one, in fact. Sadly, it failed to deliver. Expecting to see more details about a scientifically enhanced, dystopian world, I instead was presented with a tedious life story about extremely sheltered individuals. Though I understand that the point of the...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Interesting storyline, leaves you with questions to deliberate.”G.J. Kroese wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent book but truly disturbing. I kept thinking about this book for days after I read it. A must read for fans of dystopia novels.”Linda B wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So sad...”Miu_Shery wrote this review Sunday, November 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent, disturbing novel about youth, relationships, questioning the ethics of science. The first science-fiction book that I read with such great style and subtle description of characters.”Christophe Ramel wrote this review Saturday, November 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is the first book by Kazuo Ishiguro that I've read, and I will look for Remains of the Day after reading this one. This is the story of Kath, Ruth and Tommy growing up at Hailsham, which at first appears to be a typical British boarding school. But in the first line of the book, Kath tells the reader that she is a "carer", which gives us a hint that there is something going on here that is outside our normal experience. It's a coming of age story with a twist. It's beautifully written, and the characters come to life on the page. Highly recommended, and it will be one of the books I recommend to my book group for their January book. ”Susan B wrote this review Saturday, November 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Makes you think.”W.A. Eden wrote this review Sunday, October 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Children raised in isolation to become organ donors.HORRIFYING!!!!!From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day comes a devastating new 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... (learn more about this book)”Laurel B Deloria wrote this review Wednesday, November 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ Part Judy Blume, part Brave New World. Deceptive in its puerile simplicity, this subtly disturbing coming of age novel continues to haunt my thoughts. Most reviews contain spoilers and will ruin the experience of reading this book. ”Daniel Swan wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I feel rather mixed about this. I can't give it less than a three stars because of the way I was propelled through this book, but can't give it more because in the end I felt let down by it. It's an odd little novel. It's the first person story of Kathy H. a "carer" who works with "donors." You know within paragraphs that though it seems very much like our contemporary world, with cars and LPs and tapes and Walkmans, it isn't quite our reality. Ishiguro plunges you right in, and I do admire the way he slowly reveals what is going on. Kath's voice is a marvel that pulls you in and along. Kath and her friends Ruth and Tommy and the world of their school, Hailsham, is very real.
I think though my frustration with the book is that I expected more at the end, and was still left with so many questions, and this dystopia doesn't quite cohere for me. Everyone takes the system for granted. No one tries to escape? There are no protests? I think especially because this short novel was so interior, so tightly locked on Kathy and her friends, I was hungry to learn about how the outside world could have gotten this way. Yet this is too much our own world, and I can't fathom how they got there--can't wrap my mind around the premise. Yet the prose style, the characterizations are so strong, so that I'd certainly be interested in reading more of Ishiguro.”
“Really like his writing and the way he uses the lens of memory and hindsight - along with all the personal distortions and foggy details that come with it - to develop his characters. The story comes together a in pieces as the character remembers the years past. Fascinating premise. ”Heather B wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No