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Books, Journals, New Media
June 1, 2005


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(21):2664-2668. doi:10.1001/jama.293.21.2667-a

If your son were dying of cystic fibrosis and required a heart-lung transplant or your daughter were languishing on hemodialysis and needed a kidney, would you care all that much about where the organs came from? This is the unspoken question behind the compelling new novel by the English writer Kazuo Ishiguro.

Ishiguro’s previous works, such as The Remains of the Day, feature repressed, unreliable, willingly deluded narrators, a style of meticulous realism shading into the surreal, and a terrible sense of innocence violated and happiness thwarted. Like his previous novels, Never Let Me Go is beautifully written. Ishiguro’s prose is elegant, exact, and deceptively simple, and he is a master of irony and understatement.

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