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Kazuo Ishiguro is the author of five previous novels, including The Remains of the Day, which won the Booker Prize and became an international best seller. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages. In 1995 he received an Order of the British Empire for service to literature, and in 1998 was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.


At first this story appears to be the recollection of life at an exclusive English boarding school through the memories of a former student. The narrator's reminiscences of childish pranks, secrets, rule breaking, and friendships seem innocent enough. However, as the tale unfolds, it becomes clear that the school and its students are very different from the norm. In fact, the children have been created and indoctrinated to fulfill a specific purpose that results in the eventual death of every student. The narrator is reunited with two other former students in adulthood; as their destiny approaches, they begin to ask questions about their lives. The answer to those questions takes them back to the head of the school, who divulges the sad and awful truth. Ishiguro goes to the heart of an ethical dilemma. He paints a believable picture of what the future could look like; his characters are sympathetic, their struggles heartrending. The listener can't help but become emotionally engaged. Read admirably by Rosalyn Landor, this devastating novel is recommended.-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Coll. of Continuing Education Lib., Univ. of Rhode Island, Providence Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

A Globe and Mail Best Book (Top 100)
A New York Times Notable Book (Top 100)
One of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Best Books of 2005
One of Seattle Times' Top Ten Best Books of 2005
Finalist in the National Book Critic Circle Award
A TIME Best Book
One of TIME's 100 Best Novels (from 1923 to the Present)
Shortlisted for Page Turners, BBC One's new book club "A clear frontrunner to be the year's most extraordinary novel."
--The Times (UK) "So exquisitely observed that even the most workaday objects and interactions are infused with a luminous, humming otherworldliness. The dystopian story it tells, meanwhile, gives it a different kind of electric charge. . . . An epic ethical horror story, told in devastatingly poignant
miniature. . . . Ishiguro spins a stinging cautionary tale of science outpacing ethics."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Perfect pacing and infinite subtlety. . . . That this stunningly brilliant fiction echoes Caryl Churchill's superb play A Number and Margaret Atwood's celebrated dystopian novels in no way diminishes its originality and power. A masterpiece of craftsmanship that offers an unparalleled emotional experience. Send a copy to the Swedish Academy."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Elegiac, compelling, otherworldly, deeply disturbing and profoundly moving."
--Sunday Herald (UK) "Brilliant . . . Ishiguro's most profound statement of the endurance of human relationships. . . . The most exact and affecting of his books to date."
--The Guardian (UK) "Ishiguro's elegant prose and masterly ways with characterization make for a lovely tale of memory, self-understanding, and love."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"Ishiguro's provocative subject matter and taut, potent prose have earned him multiple literary decorations, including the French government's Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and an Order of the British Empire for service to literature.... In this luminous offering, he nimbly navigates the landscape of emotion -- the inevitable link between present and past and the fine line between compassion and cruelty, pleasure and pain."
--Booklist Praise for Kazuo Ishiguro:
"His books are Zen gardens with no flowery metaphors, no wild, untamed weeds threatening -- or allowed -- to overrun the plot."
The Globe and Mail
"A writer of Ishiguro's intelligence, sensitivity and stylistic brilliance obviously offers rewards."
--The Gazette (Montreal) "Kazuo Ishiguro distinguishes himself as one of our most eloquent poets of loss."
--Joyce Carol Oates, TLS "Ishiguro is a stylist like no other, a writer who knows that the truth is often unspoken."
--Maclean's "One of the finest prose stylists of our time."
--Michael Ondaatje "Ishiguro shows immense tenderness for his characters, however absurd or deluded they may be."
--The Guardian "[Ishiguro is] an original and remarkable genius."
--The New York Times Book Review

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