Kathy, Tommy e Ruth vivono in un collegio, Hailsham, immerso nella campagna inglese. Non hanno genitori, ma non sono neppure orfani, e crescono insieme ai compagni, accuditi da un gruppo di tutori, che si occupano della loro educazione. Fin dalla più tenera età nasce fra i tre bambini una grande amicizia. La loro vita, voluta e programmata da un'autorità superiore nascosta, sarà accompagnata dalla musica dei sentimenti, dall'intimità più calda al distacco più violento. Una delle responsabili del collegio, che i bambini chiamano semplicemente Madame, si comporta in modo strano con i piccoli. Anche gli altri tutori hanno talvolta reazioni eccessive quando i bambini pongono domande apparentemente semplici. Cosa ne sarà di loro in futuro? Che cosa significano le parole "donatore" e "assistente"? E perché i loro disegni e le loro poesie, raccolti da Madame in un luogo misterioso, sono così importanti? Non lasciarmi è prima di tutto una grande storia d'amore. È anche un romanzo politico e visionario, dove viene messa in scena un'utopia al rovescio che non vorremmo mai vedere realizzata. È uno di quei libri che agiscono sul lettore come lenti d'ingrandimento: facendogli percepire in modo intenso la fragilità e la finitezza di qualunque vita.
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It is a pity that people are told this is a science fiction book before they read it. I feel the least interesting thing about it is that it is science fiction. I mean this in much the same way that the least interesting thing one could say about 1984 is that it is science fiction. As a piece of lit Leggi tutto
I can see Never Let Me Go being great for book clubs because it will generate a lot of discussion. That being said, I didn't care for the book, for a couple of different reasons. The writing style is very conversational -- very much like you're having a discussion with the protagonist. The thing tha Leggi tutto
It's very important, if you're intending to read this book, that you don't read any reviews or listen to any talk about it first. I had no idea what this book was about before I read it - and the blurb gives you a very different impression, actually - and so I slipped easily into a story that was as Leggi tutto
Ah f**kin' British writers! My inclination to adore everyone from Evelyn Waugh to Charles Dickens, from Alex Garland to Zadie Smith seems very ingrained (VERY DEEP) inside me, primordial, & there must be SOME bloody reason why I find most English fiction so alluring. I think it has mostly to do with Leggi tutto
Let me start by saying that my review might contain some plot spoilers. However I personally don't think that knowing the plot in advance will in any way diminish the enjoyment of this story. The beauty of this book is not in the plot, but in its execution. Another friendly warning: Never Let Me Go i Leggi tutto
Imagine a restaurant, London, mid-2003. Publisher : Hey, K, we need another novel and we need it quick. K : I know, I know. Publisher : Another “Remains of the Day”. Something Hollywood can turn into a hit. K : I’m working on it. Publisher : Any ideas? K : Well, I’ve been reading some Jonathan Swift. Publisher : Leggi tutto
You know those random stock characters in sci-fi/action movies, the ones who never get names or any lines? They're always spending their precious few minutes of screen time getting shoved out of the way as the hero hurtles desperately down a hallway, or watching from a safe distance as a climactic f Leggi tutto
I had this book on my TBR shelf for years without realizing that it was essentially dystopian science fiction. The main character is a woman in her early thirties reflecting back on her life as a child at a private school in England. Kids in the school grew up in an isolated but almost idyllic settin Leggi tutto
The thing I enjoy most about Ishiguro’s writing is the sheer level of depth he gets into his characters; he captures all the intensity of real emotions whether they are self-serving or destructive. His writing style is simple, plain even, but he builds up many layers within his storytelling to unlea Leggi tutto
I had previously avoided this book, having heard it referred to as British science fiction. And when I hear "British science fiction," I think of Dr. Who. Then I think about all those childhood snuff film fantasies where Captain Kirk zaps him. (Phasers set to kill, dammit! Inter-dimensional travelin Leggi tutto
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