Actor Clark Moore is back for The Stacks Book Club as we discuss Never Let Me Go by Nobel Laureate, Kazuo Ishiguro. Our conversation focuses on answering a central question in the novel: Who gets to be human? We also discuss the genre of science fiction and the evolution of social movements.
There are spoilers on this episode.
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Everything we talk about on today’s episode can be found below in the show notes and on Bookshop.org and Amazon.
- Love, Simon (Greg Berlanti, 2018)
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
- Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
- The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
- Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010)
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
- Keira Knightley
- Carey Mulligan
- Andrew Garfield
- @pagesandhoops on Instagram
- Outlander (STARZ)
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
- Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
- How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
- “Barbra Streisand Explains: Why I Cloned My Dog” (Barabara Streisand, The New York Times)
- All-TIME 100 Novels (Time Magazine)
- “Caster Semenya Q&A: the runner’s discrimination case explained” (Sean Ingle, The Guardian)
- “Karamo Brown From “Queer Eye” Is Being Dragged For Defending Sean Spicer, His “Dancing With The Stars” Castmate” (Michael Blackmon, Buzzfeed.com)
- Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
- “Never Let Me Go” (Luther Dixon, 2010)
- “The Hunt for the Elusive Judy Bridgewater” (Peter Howell, The Star)
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2 thoughts on “Ep. 76 Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro — The Stacks Book Club (Clark Moore)”
I am sure you’ve already gotten comments on this a thousand times–but I’m doing a binge/catchup on your podcast, and I can’t resist. The novel is definitely set in the 1990s; in fact, in the beginning of the book, on the page before it opens, Ishiguro specifies time (19902) and place (England). I’ve taught the book a few times, and always wondered about why he set it in the 1990s, when it came out in 2005, and I came up with all sorts of ideas. And then I found out it was set when he STARTED writing the novel, and it just took him a LONG time to finish it. So much for my theories! And I really enjoyed your discussion–I think I’m going to send the link to my students from the last time I taught it!
Thanks for this comment and so glad you’ll be sharing this episode with your students!