Book Club Kits
Never Let Me Go
by Ishiguro, Kazuo
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1. Instead of opening "Never Let Me Go" with a description of the purpose of Hailsham and the donations, Ishiguro has Kathy and the other characters slowly share the details with readers. How does this technique add to the suspense of the story? Would you rather have known up front what was happening?
2. Cliques and social groups have a strong influence on the students at Hailsham. Do you think this experience is typical of students in any setting, or was there something about life at Hailsham that made these groups unique?
3. Why is Ruth always looking for her "possible"? What do you think finding her "possible" would have meant for her?
4. How do Miss Emily and Madame respond to Tommy and Kathy when they ask for a deferral? Does their belief that Tommy and Kathy should be happy with the quality of the life they had make it easier for them to not get the deferral?
5. Why do you think Kathy chose to be a carer? Why is she interested in caring for Hailsham students? How does working as a carer prepare her for her own donation?
6. By writing "Never Let Me Go," what kind of statement do you think Ishiguro is making about the potential for human cloning, and the ethical issues surrounding human genetic research? Did reading this book make you think differently about these issues?