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Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this accessible educational edition offers the complete text of Never Let Me Go with a comprehensive study guide. Intended for individual study as well as class use, Geoff Barton’s guide:
– clearly introduces the context of the novel and its author;
– examines in detail its themes, characters and structure;
– looks at the novel in the author’s own words, and at different critical receptions;
– provides glossaries and test questions to prompt deeper thinking.
In one of the most memorable novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated by Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go hauntingly dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at a seemingly idyllic school, Hailsham, and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.
'A master stoyteller ... In this deceptively sad novel, he simply uses a science-fiction framework to throw light on ordinary human life, the human soul, human sexuality, love, creativity and childhood innocence. He does so with devastating effect.'
'A gothic tour de force . . . An oblique and elegaic meditation on mortality and lost innocence.'
Ishiguro's Booker-shortlisted sixth novel stays with you for days, spellbindingly sad and dismaying.
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