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Never Let Me Go: An Exhibition for the First-Year Reading Experience, 2008

Thomas Cooper Library West Gallery
Aug 15, 2008 - Oct 31, 2008
Kazou Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, the First-Year Reading Experience selection for 2008, is a distopian vision of scientific progress gone unchecked and the disturbing effects it has on those who are part of the experiment. Told through the eyes of a seemingly willing participant in a state-supported system of genetic manipulation, control, and sacrifice, the book is a work of high art that explores several large contemporary issues: the role of the state in regulating research on human subjects; the impact and implications of genetic and social engineering; organ harvesting and transplantation rights; and fundamental questions on the nature of freedom, how we live, and how we love. This exhibition, drawing on the resources of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections in Thomas Cooper Library, was created with two aims in mind: to situate Ishiguro’s novel as a conscious exemplar of several established genres of British fiction; and to explore other ideas found in the book through historical and contemporary source material. More information about the items shown here, along with additional examples and copies, can be found in Rare Books and Special Collections. Additional information about Never Let Me Go and the issues raised in the book can also be found in many sources within Thomas Cooper Library. Would you like to know more? References, websites, and further information about Never Let Me Go are available as an online LibGuide at: