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  • Never Let Me Go

    Review of "Never Let Me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro

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    A plot summary of Never Let Me Go would strip it of any of its power, since ultimately the plot is something which the reader is forced to learn at the speed of the narrative, and it is from this that it gains its effectiveness. While a perceptive reader may guess, perhaps correctly, what will happen, the journey is no less unsettling thanks to the completely matter-of-fact narrative voice. A constant sense of the uncanny pervades the novel, with a familiar and comforting setting subverted into something ultimately terrifying. Mixing elements of the 18th-century Gothic novel with science fiction and tragedy to create a world that is ultimately closer to ours than many would like, Never Let Me Go is a compelling text which challenges the reader to make guesses of what will happen, yet ultimately whether they be right or wrong one comes to realise that it is not one

  • Cloud Atlas

    Review of "Cloud Atlas" by David Mitchell

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    Something that always interests me as an English student is when a novelist takes a unique approach to prose or structure. While the simplicity of McEwan

  • On Chesil Beach

    Review of "On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan

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