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Old 09-19-2008, 09:01 AM   #1
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Looking for a s-f book I've read, but forgot title/author

I've read this science-fiction book a while ago and some days ago I remembered it, but not the title and author. I think I got it from the library …

[EDIT: The book I searched for is "Never Let me Go" by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Possible spoilers below.]

It's about an institute that seems to be an orphanage, but in reality it's a place where they raise clones of humans to be used as organ donors. The perspective is from a girl being raised there, as far as I remember, and she discovers some irregularities such as that the children go to a "special place" once they reach a certain age and never come back.
A recurring theme is her rocking a baby doll and listening to a certain song from a cassette. One of the overseers at the institute notices her doing that and weeps, because as it later becomes evident all of the clones are unable to have children.

Does someone know what book this is?

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Old 09-19-2008, 09:05 AM   #2
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It sounds a bit like 'Never Let me Go' by Kazuo Ishiguro, except that I don't recall the doll episode.
At any rate, you may well like the Ishiguro novel.
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Yes, that's the one! Thank you very much.

I don't know why, but I remember the doll episode very clearly. It somehow left a mark.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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My pleasure, IceHand.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:52 AM   #5
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i love ishiguro and this one is on my list to read so i will have to try to forget this thread (that'll teach me... ) but perhaps i'll avoid reading it at night, it sounds closer to "a view of pale hills" (which was so subtly chilling that i don't think i slept for a month after that) than to "remains of the day"...

that ishiguro... genius, but no quarter for the reader.
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On a similar theme, there's the movie "The Island" who's Wikipedia entry mentions Michael Marshall Smith's novel "Spares"
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:22 AM   #7
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Michael Marshall Smith's novel "Spares"
Michael Marshall Smith is a great writer - but I couldn't get through 'Spares', it was just too upsetting .
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i love ishiguro and this one is on my list to read so i will have to try to forget this thread (that'll teach me... ) but perhaps i'll avoid reading it at night, it sounds closer to "a view of pale hills" (which was so subtly chilling that i don't think i slept for a month after that) than to "remains of the day"...

that ishiguro... genius, but no quarter for the reader.
I'm sorry, I didn't think of spoiling the book somewhat for other readers. I added a warning to the original post.
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I'm sorry, I didn't think of spoiling the book somewhat for other readers. I added a warning to the original post.
no worries, it really is my own fault. under the circumstances you could hardly have done differently.

i'll probably have forgotten all those details by the time i read it.

thanks for adding the spoiler warning now that you've found the book though.
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I have read spares also a good book about using clones for spare parts.
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I have read spares also a good book about using clones for spare parts.
Yes, Spares = Good!, The Island = BAD! Horrid, horrid movie that should nev er have been made!
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